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Collaborations between European Science Diplomacy Research Projects

InsSciDE is proud to announce a joint session with EL-CSID and S4D4C at the upcoming AAAS conference on science diplomacy.

As InsSciDE researchers prepare to contemplate the questions prompted by the project we are actively seeking out modes of collaboration and partnership. The three European research projects InsSciDE, EL-CSID and S4D4C will collaborate in a shared session on science diplomacy at an upcoming conference hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington on September 14 2018. The three projects aim to promote European science diplomacy research, and highlight key issues that pertain to science diplomacy in the context of Europe.

The joint session is titled "National Approaches, Convergence, and Common Ambitions," and will address the European Union’s science-based approaches to tackling global challenges, and how it can utilize its strong research base in order to be successful. The session will also address the various Member States that have their own foreign policy priorities, diplomatic practices, scientific relations and science diplomacy approaches within the EU, and will broach the topic of striking a balance between national and supranational interests.

The session will involve one speaker from each project:

  • Dr Luk van Langenhove, coordinator of the EL-CSID project, will present how the European Union has become engaged with the concept of science diplomacy, how it frames it and how it tries to root it within the European-level institutional landscape.
  • Prof Pascal Griset, coordinator of the InsSciDE project, will discuss European science diplomacy networks as national constructs. Based on a historically informed analysis of these networks, he will address the question of the balance between cooperation and competition (coopetition) and how convergence between the national approaches could be envisaged.
  • Dr Alexander Degelsegger-Márquez, coordinator of the S4D4C project, will take needs and current practices in European science diplomacy as a starting point. From this perspective, he will address the question how a multi-level governance framework can help to further facilitate an effective EU-level science diplomacy (that builds on EU capacities and responds to EU and global priorities).

The session will provide a comprehensive overview of current research on European science diplomacy, particularly its EU dimensions and will provide insights into the history of national and EU-level approaches to science diplomacy.

The three projects have also begun the process of using the European Commissions Common Dissemination Booster (CDB), and have created a shared LinkedIn Page.

  • Session moderator: Dr Marga Gual Soler (AAAS) or Claire Mays (CNRS) (tbc)
  • Session organizer: Dr Casimiro Vizzini (UNESCO)