The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center is a non-partisan policy research institute in a world where more and more “think tanks” represent specific ideological perspectives.  This “big tent” neutrality allows us to build important bridges among stakeholders across the political spectrum, across key economic sectors, and across international boundaries.


The Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) focuses on emerging technologies and the critical choices innovation presents to public policy.  Our work ranges from nanotechnology, synthetic biology, and geoengineering to serious games, technology assessment, social media, sensing technologies, and citizen-based science. We work closely with US government agencies, including EPA, NSF, and NIH and have provided input to multiple Congressional Committees, the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST), the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, the World Economic Forum, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  We have provided key input to studies by the General Accountability Office (GAO), the National Academies, the UK House of Lords, the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, and the European Group on Ethics.  Our data and analyses have been incorporated into hundreds of other studies and research papers carried out by academics, NGOs, government agencies, and think tanks.

This blog is an outreach activity of the Science and Technology Innovation Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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