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Packard International Science Networking Initiative

In 1999, Sigma Xi received a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for a program to facilitate interaction between scientists in developing countries and research colleagues around the world. This four-year program was designed to create networks of scientists and engineers in developing or transitional countries and to foster long-term partnerships between those communities, established Sigma Xi chapters, and scientists and engineers worldwide. The basic goals of the Packard Initiative were to:

  • form new networking groups,
  • create programs to address communication and collaboration,
  • expand access to research information and journals, and
  • evaluate and report on the progress made.
Through the Packard Initiative, 18 groups received awards for networking activities. Several resources created during the Packard Initiative to make information more accessible to researchers around the world persist beyond the four-year program.

  • The International Resources Web site contains links of interest to scientists and engineers around the world pertaining to research and education.

  • The International Newsletter highlights developments, opportunities and meetings in international science networking within the Society and worldwide.

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Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 USA
Telephone: +1-919-547-5246
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E-mail: executiveoffice@sigmaxi.org


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