Our science and technology policy experts translate complexity, and explore converging and emerging technologies to maximize benefits and minimize risks. 
STIP focuses on understanding bottom-up, public innovation; top-down, policy innovation; and, on supporting responsible and equitable practices at the point where new technology and existing political, social, and cultural processes converge. 
Top-down, policy innovation.
  • The Serious Games Initiative uses games and other forms of interactive media to explore complex public policy challenges. STIP’s flagship program, Fiscal Ship, challenges players to put the federal budget on a sustainable course.
  • The Digital Futures Project explores how technology is changing foreign policy worldwide, including how states prevent and respond to cyber threats and how non-state actors advance.
  • STIP participates in BILAT 4.0, a consortium helping policymakers, funders, and researchers expand science and technology innovation cooperation between the US and the EU. 
Bottom-up, public innovation.
  • April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In recognition of this milestone Earth Day Network, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the U.S. Department of State’s Eco-Capitals Forum are launching Earth Challenge 2020 as the world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign. Earth Challenge 2020 will engage millions of global citizens to aggregate and collect more than one billion data points in areas including air quality, water quality, biodiversity, pollution, and human health. Through Earth Challenge 2020, citizen science volunteers will learn about their local conditions, and leverage information to inspire collaborative action and influence policy decisions.
  • The Commons Lab builds capacity for crowdsourcing and citizen science. One priority is promoting open and interoperable citizen science data, for example through a common protocol for citizen science vector monitoring. The Commons Lab also hosts the Federal Catalogue of Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, a key component of CitizenScience.gov.
  • In cooperation with the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum (CEF), STIP supports Environmental Citizen Science Capacity Building in China by spreading awareness and cultivating resources and methods for conducting environmental monitoring to avoid reliance on outside organizations.  
Supporting responsible and equitible practices. 
  • The Congressional Cybersecurity Lab seeks to close the knowledge gap between cybersecurity’s prominence on the legislative agenda and lawmaker fluency, by providing a dedicated educational program for Capitol Hill.
  • The CTRL Forward Blog explores the ethical, legal, social, and policy implications of new and emerging technologies such as genomics technologies for personal and global health, and artificial intelligence, through a series of whitepapers and a blog

Contact us:

Alex Long, Program Assistant

Science and Technology Innovation Program
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004-3027
Email: William.Long@wilsoncenter.org
Tel: 202-691-4380