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SD discussions with SFIC delegations

On 3 October 2019, Prof. Pierre-Bruno Ruffini (WP3 – Science Diplomats) represented InsSciDE at a science diplomacy workshop organized by the EU’s Strategic Forum for International Science and Technology Cooperation (SFIC) in Brussels. The workshop gathered SFIC delegations and members together with science diplomacy experts and stakeholders for conversations on how science diplomacy can be fostered and activated in Europe.

The workshop was opened by Maria Christina Russo, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, who spoke of the power of science cooperation to overcome political tensions and generate positive impact, as already exhibited through H2020 programmes such as SESAME and PRIMA.

InsSciDE’s Prof. Ruffini participated in a panel discussion alongside representatives of the other EU science diplomacy projects, Luk van Langenhove from EL-CSID and Elke Dall from S4D4C, as well as Jan Koch, Chief Science Officer of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The session was moderated by SFIC’s rapporteur Martina Hartl, who prompted the group on the current and future role of science diplomacy in the EU. Hartl also works for Austria’s Ministry of Education, Science and Research and InsSciDE met her again the following week as she spoke at S4D4C’s 2nd Networking Meeting. Prof van Langenhove discussed the need for a structured platform and a "set of practices" for European science diplomacy to flourish. Dall and Prof. Ruffini recounted recent progressions in our respective projects and the training initiatives underway. Prof. Ruffini discussed InsSciDE’s Summer Schools 2020 as an example of a tool for training professionals of diverse disciplines in the versatile practice of science diplomacy. Koch outlined his objectives as a science advisor to ensure diplomatic decisions are based on scientific data (‘science in diplomacy’) and that scientific collaborations are capitalized on for better diplomatic relations (‘science for diplomacy’).

To conclude the workshop, participants responded to the discussion topics below by voting on the science diplomacy actions that they considered more or less important. The top-voted answers are indicated in green bubbles.

Published 22 October 2019