A summary of the Pan-American Scientific Delegation to the Falklands appeared recently in Science and Diplomacy, penned by Ray Arnaudo and Dr Lindsay Chura, American diplomat and British Embassy science advisor, respectively. The piece is a useful reminder of the underlying ethos of the Delegation: the naturally collaborative nature of science builds bridges. This is important amidst continuing tensions with Argentina, which still claims the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). The Falklands have mostly looked to the UK for research collaborations (viz: the Shackleton award), but need to strengthen their networks in the region, as a nation to its neighbours, and where ecosystems are shared.
Enroute back from Charleston I stopped over in Washington for a night. This was a great opportunity to visit iconic sites like the Lincoln and Washington Memorials and the White House, but also to catch up with Lindsay Chura, Senior Policy Advisor, Science and Innovation at the British Embassy in Washington. Lindsay organized the Falklands trip in January. We had an interesting walking meeting, enduring hot and hazy pre-storm weather while catching up on collaborations since the Symposium and talking about the next steps for advancing science and diplomacy in the region.