The Stem Advocacy Institute is a global science development think tank. The group has steadily grown over the years both in members and projects. We are a small group with big ideas. We are former scientists, higher education leaders, analysts, graduate students, and others who are just passionate about science. These were some of the questions we were asking ourselves in 2013. The answers emerged from a series of intense discussions about science education, global health, and how to make a difference in developing countries and around the world. It was in these intense discussions that the Stem Advocacy Institute was born with the initial vision of promoting science education around the world.
How did it all really begin? Our journey began with questions. What is the state of science development around the world? What is being done? How do we play a role? How do we become a voice for change?
As many countries now realize the importance of training in STEM for growth and prosperity, there is a great need for new and enhanced understanding to help trainees, organizations, and policy makers build a scientific enterprise of the future. The problem revolves around the what, the who, the where, and the how (Fig.1). Although there is more information in science development, understanding is lagging far behind. For example, what policies are currently in place to enhance science development around the world? How are such policies structured and how were they designed? What assumptions do these policies make? Which initiatives in promoting science communication are working and which are not? What is the typical structure of science initiatives or organizations? Where are they located? What are they doing? Which new insights and ideas in science communication and training need advocacy and why? How can we increase collaborations among trainees, organizations, and policy makers around the world? How should impact be measured in science? What resources and tools are trainees, organizations, and policy makers missing? What is the future of training in science? We use a systems-based approach to tackle these questions and others.
Although the example questions above are important to tackle and answer, what is even more critical is uncovering how to go about answering such questions and discovering new questions that people are not asking.
Conduct research that leads to the development of new questions, ideas, tools, and insights to support trainees, organizations, and policy makers in science around the world.
We envision a future where equitable access and exposure to quality training in science is possible for all. Our core belief is that education with a strong foundation in science is a critical component for global economic growth, social advancement, and ultimately, global peace.
Public Service. Community. Curiosity. Growth. Mentorship. Empowerment We are driven by curiosity.