EU Delegation – Resarch & Innvovation section
The S&T section of the Delegation of the European Union to the USA monitors and analyses U.S. political, economic and regulatory developments in the areas of research and Innovation and facilitates both strategic high level and bottom-up transatlantic S&T cooperation. It works closely with the U.S. Administration, Congress, research universities, national laboratories, high tech industry and the US-based EU Member States Science Counselors, liaising on all matters with the European Commission.
Consulate General of France in Houston – Office for Science & Technology
The Office for Science and Technology (OST) is a department from the Embassy of France in the U.S.A. of 24 staff members including professors, senior researchers and engineers located in the Embassy (Washington, DC) and 6 consular offices (Atlanta – Boston – Chicago – Houston – Los Angeles – San Francisco). The OST is dedicated to bilateral FR-US collaborations in Science and Technology.
Thanks to its wide territorial presence and wide range of science disciplines, the OS&T is an active, reactive and proactive observer of the scientific activity, of technological innovations and their impact. The missions of the OS&T are:
- Monitor and report advances in Science and Technology in the US through newsletters and diplomatic channels
- Promote bilateral partnerships in science, technology and innovation
- Foster exchanges and increase mobility of researchers, doctoral students and entrepreneurs
- Serve as a liaison between French and American academic and scientific organizations as well as between the two countries’ central governments and the European Delegation
- Increase the visibility of France’s foremost laboratories, universities and start-ups
- Support young innovative companies and the internationalization of competitiveness clusters
UK Science & innovation Network
Science and innovation play a key role in promoting prosperity and growth through the Science and Innovation Network (SIN).
Science and innovation are at the heart of government strategy for promoting prosperity and growth. The UK’s research base is second in the world to the US for scientific excellence and is the most productive in the G8, both terms of articles produced per unit of Gross Expenditure on Research and Development (GERD) (growth 2.1% per year since 2006) as well as citations per spend on GERD (growth 4.9% per year since 2006).
Research and knowledge is increasingly developed and transferred through international collaboration. This collaboration provides opportunities to work with the best in the world, exchange students and researchers, and gain access to large scale international facilities. It encourages new ideas, fostering new opportunities for innovation in support of growth. International collaboration in science and innovation is also vital for meeting global policy challenges such as climate change, energy security and pandemic disease.
For these reasons, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office jointly fund the international Science and Innovation Network (SIN). SIN consists of 90 staff, based in 28 countries and 47 cities around the world. SIN officers engage with the local science and innovation community in support of UK policy overseas. They create strategic relationships to harness the value of science and innovation discoveries and investments overseas, leading to mutual UK and host-country benefits.
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Houston
The German Consulate provides services for Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas such as representing and promoting German culture, issuing visas to foreigners living in the US and, in some cases to US citizens, who wish to travel to Germany.
The Economics and Science Department fosters German interests in economic, commercial, financial, agricultural, technological, scientific and environmental affairs in the United States and serves as an information broker about Germany. It also promotes the German language and German studies in the United States and supports exchange programs.
Consulate General of Italy in Houston
The Consulate General of Italy in Houston is the official representation of the Italian Republic with competence over the States of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas, where it provides the entire range of Consular Services to Italian citizens and to others who have an interest in Italy. The Consulate also promotes activities in the commercial, cultural and scientific fields, in close cooperation with local organizations and institutions, both public and private.
Consulate General of Spain in Houston – Education Office
The Education Office of the Consulate General of Spain in Houston is part of a network of offices created as a technical body of the Diplomatic Mission of Spain to the U.S.
It forms part of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain and manages the foreign education policies of Spain in the area, promotes the Spanish language and culture and supports English/Spanish exchange programs between USA and Spain.
Some of the educational programs that are implemented in the state are:
- The Spanish Resource Center at Rice University, which organizes cultural activities, workshops and loans of Spanish book and audiovisual material in cooperation with the Spanish and Portuguese Studies Department and Fondren Library.
- The visiting teachers from Spain program with more than 200 teachers working at bilingual schools in Texas at present.
- The International Spanish Academies, dual language schools whose excellence has been recognized by the Ministry. 8 HISD schools are part of the general network of ISA schools in USA and Canada.
- American Cultural Ambassadors, a program that gives thousands of young graduates the opportunity to travel to Spain and work as language assistants in Spanish schools.
- Collaboration with the internationalization of universities, fostering agreements and exchanges between USA and Spain.