AASF Webinar: Fundamental Research Security

June 12, 2021

The academic research environment in U.S. universities is the greatest asset of America. It is the most open, independent, and creative research climate in the world, attracting the world’s top talents to the U.S. However, in recent years, more and more concerns are being raised about information leak and espionage, even for basic research projects whose intention is to publish all the findings. On December 11, 2019, as part of its ongoing effort to keep international research collaboration both open and secure, NSF released a report by an independent science advisory group JASON titled “Fundamental Research Security”. The American leadership in scientific research and technology innovations in the world has been built upon open intellectual exchange, global collaborations, and knowledge sharing. As a member of the advisory group for the JASON Report, Professor Peter Fisher will give a presentation addressing the value and risks of openness in basic research for the sustained world leadership of the U.S. in science and engineering.

Click here to view the JASON report in discussion: “Fundamental Research Security”.


Peter Fisher, Professor of Physics and Head of the Physics Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Xiaodong Zhang, Robert M. Critchfield Professor in Engineering, Ohio State University