but most of them include people from
many di;erent institutions and from
many di;erent countries. This is from
the AAAS [American Association
for the Advancement of Science]: 20
percent of all science papers include
authors from more than one country.
So clearly international collaboration
is important in science.
How would you like things to proceed
with regard to the travel ban?
Well, I’d rather not see any travel
restriction, because I think it would
hamper the practice of science. They
should look at historic precedents.
When people from Europe were persecuted — I’m from Europe, I’m an
immigrant in a sense — the scientists
from Europe came here, giving rise
to tremendous innovation. And the
reason that I came here 35 years ago
was because it was a country that was
welcoming talent from other countries.
I’d be concerned if that changed.
Did you come here for school?
No, I finished school. I came here for
post-doc, originally with the intent
of staying here for one year and then
going back to Europe. But I found it
such a welcoming country and I found
that there were so many opportunities
here for people who were willing to
contribute to society that I decided to
stay. And here I
am 35 years later.
A travel ban
like this is, I
to change the
see it with my
who came here.
And as a society
we’re concerned about excluding
part of our membership, because the
society is an international society;
more than 50 percent of its members
are non-U.S. citizens and a number of
them from countries that are directly
impacted by this ban.
What are OSA’s next steps?
In the next few days, there will be quite
a bit of discussion about this. We have
invited some people to come and speak
to us. We have [CEO] Rush Holt coming
from the AAAS. He’s actually a scientist
by training and
was a [U.S.]
for many, many
years — one
of the few sci-
entists in poli-
tics. We have
CEO] Walter Isaacson coming. We have
France Córdova, the director of the NSF
[National Science Foundation]. But also,
just before Rush, [Republican lobbyist]
Matt Johnson — so we have views from
While President Trump’s executive order was tangled up in the
courts, the Meetings Mean Business Coalition issued a short
survey to gauge its e;ect on the meetings industry; results were
pending as of press time. Meanwhile, a variety of industry organizations issued statements against the travel ban. A sampling of
them are excerpted below:
ASAE – THE CENTER FOR
John Graham IV, CAE, President
While ASAE supports strong
screening of travelers entering
the U. S., it’s clear that this order
was too hastily enacted, sparking chaos and confusion across
the world. Not only does it concern us in terms of the impact on
international attendance at association meetings and conferences, it raises questions about
whether we are making policy
as a nation based on religion.
ASAE urges the administration
to clarify the intent of this
order and con;irm our nation’s
commitment to equality and
Don Welsh, President and CEO
While DMAI understands the
need for security in our travel, we
are deeply concerned that a ban
based on nationality — even a
temporary one — runs contrary
to the principle of freedom of
travel promoted by the international tourism community.
An arbitrary ban like this one has
the potential to interfere and
impede the bene;its the tourism
industry o;ers by way of economic development, job creation,
and promoting understanding
between countries and communities. DMAI strongly urges the
Trump administration to review
any visa-issuance procedures in
question, and lift this travel ban
as quickly as possible.
ASSOCIATION OF EXHIBITIONS
AND EVENTS (IAEE)
Ryan Strowger, CEM, Chair
The global exhibitions industry
contributes more than $200
billion to world economies,
with roughly $77 billion
contributed to the U.S. GDP
annually. Furthermore, more
than 42 million visitors attend
exhibitions and events in the
U.S. alone, and IAEE members
and stakeholders are rightfully
concerned about the long-term
rami;ications of restrictions
placed on global travelers coming to the U.S.
U. S. TRAVEL ASSOCIATION
Roger Dow, President and CEO
While we recognize the Trump
administration’s intention to
enhance national security, U.S.
Travel’s policy is clear: We believe
that increased security and
increased travel can, and must,
coexist. Travel and security are
not opposing goals. It is critical for
our industry, our economy, and
our national security to strike the
right balance between enhanced
security and measures that needlessly deter legitimate travel.
from Europe were
came here, giving
rise to tremendous