Teresa Stoepler


Title The Pakistan - U.S. Science & Technology Cooperation Program: Impacts of 11 Years of Collaborative Research

The Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation Program has provided unique opportunities for Pakistani and U.S. scientists to engage in collaborative research since 2005, demonstrating both countries’ commitment to partnership in science and technology investment. This bilateral program aims to enhance the ability of the science and technology community to spur human and economic development in Pakistan; improve the quality, relevance, and capacity of Pakistani institutions of higher education; and improve the capacity of Pakistani research institutions to support industry competitiveness. Previous research projects have focused on diverse topics, including food security, public health, disaster management, engineering, water, energy, and information technology. With U.S. sponsorship from USAID and the Department of State and Pakistani sponsorship from the Higher Education Commission and the Ministry of Science and Technology, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences serves as the U.S. implementing agency. This presentation will provide an overview of the program’s structure, history, and impacts in both the U.S. and in Pakistan. A brief introduction to other programs that support Pakistan – U.S. cooperative scientific research, such as the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement (PEER) program, will also be provided.


Dr. Teresa Stoepler is a Program Officer at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine where she manages the Pakistan - U.S. Science & Technology (S&T) Cooperation Program and assists with the U.S. – Egypt S&T Joint Fund. Previously, she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow at U.S. Geological Survey where she helped the U.S. government build a standing capacity for strategic science following environmental disasters such as oil spills and hurricanes. In this role, Teresa led the formation of partnerships with more than 20 professional societies and academic centers in a wide range of disciplines to expedite the formation of “crisis science” teams. Teresa holds a B.S. in Biology and Botany from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the George Washington University. Trained as an ecologist, Teresa’s previous research focused on plant-insect interactions, including pollination, parasitism, and disease ecology in both natural and agricultural systems.