The AAAS David and Betty Hamburg Award for Science Diplomacy recognizes an individual or a limited number of individuals working together in the scientific and engineering or foreign affairs communities who are making an outstanding contribution to furthering science diplomacy.
Over the past 28 years, AAAS has honored an international cadre of science diplomacy practitioners whose work lies at the intersection of science, evidence-based decision-making, and diplomacy. AAAS first established the International Scientific Cooperation Award in 1992. The AAAS Board of Directors approves the award since it was renamed the AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy in 2010.
This year, the award has been renamed for David and Betty Hamburg to recognize their unparalleled commitment to the significant role of science diplomacy to advance science, human rights, peace, and cooperation. The Hamburgs were longtime members and champions of AAAS throughout their professional lives. David Hamburg, a renowned psychiatrist-physician, educator, and humanitarian, was elected to the AAAS Board of Directors in 1980 and as a Fellow of AAAS in 1982. He became AAAS president in 1985. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996 for devoting “his life to understanding human behavior, preventing violent conflict and improving the health and well-being of children.” Betty Hamburg, a distinguished psychiatrist and researcher, was elected to the AAAS Board of Directors in 1987 and served on the Board until 1991. In 1992, she was elected a Fellow of AAAS in recognition of her leadership and major advances in adolescent mental health.
The Hamburgs helped shed light on how science can serve as a common language and bring allies and adversaries together through collaborative research to address enormous challenges. They were instrumental in guiding AAAS to become a global leader in the field of science diplomacy and assisting with the establishment of the Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy, where David served as a visiting scholar. The Center evolved into the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy in 2008. Through this award, AAAS celebrates the Hamburgs, their exceptional achievements, and their persistent pursuit to further peace, health, and prosperity for all.
The award is presented each year at the AAAS Annual Meeting.
The nomination site for the 2022 Award will open on April 15, 2021. Inquiries may be directed to the Center for Science Diplomacy.
Any individual or small group in the scientific or foreign policy community that has contributed to the role of science cooperation in building stronger links between and among societies is eligible for the AAAS David and Betty Hamburg Award for Science Diplomacy.
- The award is open to all regardless of nationality or citizenship.
- Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination.
- The award accepts self-nominations.
New! Submit your nominations via the online submissions portal here. The submission form requests the following information:
- Nominator’s name and contact information (including email, address, and phone number)
- Nominee’s name and title, institutional affiliation, and contact information (email, address, and phone number)
- A summary of the accomplishment(s) that form the basis for the nomination (about 250 words)
- A longer statement (not to exceed three pages) providing additional details of the accomplishment(s) for which the individual/group is nominated
- A CV (three-page maximum) of the nominee(s)
- One letter of support written by someone other than the nominator (for self-nominations we request two letters, which should be submitted separately by the letter writer)
- Optional: Documentation (links to books, articles, or other materials) that illuminates the significance of the nominee’s achievement may also be submitted.
Nomination materials must be received in English; all materials become the property of AAAS.
Awards:- The award recipient receives a monetary prize of $10,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration for the AAAS Annual Meeting and reimbursement for travel and hotel expenses to attend, worldwide promotion of their achievements through AAAS communication channels, and the opportunity to publish in Science & Diplomacy about their work.