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Science Diplomacy in the News

As InsSciDE researchers prepare to investigate the history of science diplomacy, we take a minute to survey recent global events related to science diplomacy

InsSciDE is a historically-grounded research project, but it aims to conclude by suggesting paths forward to reinforcing and creating new frameworks in contemporary science diplomacy. It is a forward-looking project, with its foundations set in the past.

With that in mind, what is in the news lately that might interest those in the field of science diplomacy? We compile here some articles and news stories that have interested InsSciDE partners and been shared on social media.

’Drug waste clogs rivers around the world, scientists say’

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/11/drug-waste-clogs-rivers-around-the-world-scientists-say (11/04/2018)

Scientists are reporting that waste from over-the-counter prescription drugs is clogging up river systems around the world, putting immense pressure on freshwater ecosystems. This research could put pressure on diplomatic actors to resolve the issue.

’Mark Zuckerberg vows to fight election meddling in marathon Senate grilling’

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/10/zuckerberg-facebook-testimony-latest-news-regulation-congress (11/04/2018)

The world faces new and daunting challenges in preventing international interference in elections, the spreading of disinformation, and the exploitation of social media users’ data by private companies.

Scientists in the tech industry will need to suggest strong methods to respond to these challenges in the future. Can diplomats in the East and West cooperate to make this a common goal? Can scientists in the East and West contribute to diplomatic processes by warning of potential dangers?

’Rebuilding Iraq: How archaeologists are trying to restore heritage destroyed by ISIS’

https://qrius.com/rebuilding-iraq-how-archaeologists-are-trying-to-restore-heritage-destroyed-by-isis/ (3/4/2018)

Cooperating across borders and sharing scientific expertise can help the world in numerous ways; one example of this is in the protection of our global heritage.

’Kazakhstan, Russia, UAE agree to boost space cooperation’

An example of international cooperation for space and for science - Kazakhstan, Russia, and the UAE agree to work together on potential projects at the Baikonur Spaceport.