Addressing Global Challenges

International Research Conference

Keynote Speech

"Viewing U.S. Science from Across the Atlantic: Some Lessons Learned from Four Years in Europe"

by David M. Stonner, Ph.D.
Executive Officer, Office of International Science and Engineering
National Science Foundation

Last summer David Stonner returned from four years as Head of the National Science Foundation Europe Office in Paris. From that perspective he observed not only how NSF has helped shape global science, but also how global science is reshaping NSF. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the changing research and higher education landscape in Europe and what these changes mean for U.S. funding agencies, U.S. researchers, and their counterparts around the world.

About the Speaker

David M. StonnerDavid Stonner was appointed Executive Officer of the National Science Foundation Office of International Science and Engineering in August 2011on his return from serving four years as head of the NSF Europe Office in Paris.  Prior to assuming that position, Dr. Stonner served as head of the Congressional Affairs Section at the National Science Foundation for seven years.

In 2001 he was selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to attend the Swiss Forum on the Interface of Science and Government in the U.S. In 2007 he was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal in connection with his responsibilities as an escort for numerous Congressional delegations to inspect NSF research operations in the Antarctic and at the South Pole. 

Prior to coming to NSF he served for eight years on the staff of Congresswoman Claudine Schneider, where he was legislative director. That position grew out of his selection as an AAAS Congressional Science Fellow in 1982.  

From 1979 to 1982 Dr. Stonner was a program officer in the Psychological Sciences Division at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and he was an assistant professor of psychology at Oakland University from 1974 to 1978. He has taught courses at The George Washington University and at American University in Washington, D.C.  He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Missouri. 

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