Marga GUAL SOLER

Marga Gual Soler, Ph.D., is a Senior Project Director in the Center for Science Diplomacy at AAAS, where she explores the power of science as a universal language to help break down barriers and build bridges between people and nations. She works with governments, universities, non-governmental and international organizations worldwide to connect scientists and engineers with policy and has trained thousands of emerging leaders to engage at the science-diplomacy nexus. Dr. Gual Soler serves on the Research, Innovation, and Science Policy High-Level Advisory Group to the European Commissioner, Carlos Moedas, and on the advisory board of the Horizon 2020 project “Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe. (InsSciDE).” She has received multiple awards and recognitions, including “100 Spanish Experts in Innovation” by Cotec Foundation, “40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy” by the Huffington Post, and “10 Latinas Think Big Innovators to Watch in 2016.” Before joining AAAS, she was Arizona State University faculty. Her professional activities have taken her to more than 40 countries, where she has spearheaded initiatives to bridge science, policy and society across political, geographical, disciplinary, and cultural divides. In 2014, she founded the Science Slam Festival, an event combining science communication and the performing arts held in Spain, Mexico, Uruguay and Paraguay under the auspices of UNESCO. Dr. Gual Soler received a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Queensland in Australia and a bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Barcelona in Spain, and is an alumna of the prestigious Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University. In 2019 she will participate in Homeward Bound, the largest-ever all-women expedition to Antarctica, to promote women in science diplomacy. Follow her on Twitter: @margagual.