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We have reached an age where we must bridge the gap between science and politics. Doing so is crucial if we are to tackle global challenges pertaining to health, economic growth, and other such borderless threats which lie at the intersection of science and international relations.

Today there is simply no integrative account in the literature of the historical and political specificities of science diplomacy in Europe. In consequence, there is no historically informed theoretical framework to support today’s and tomorrow’s European science diplomacy. While to date, systematic reflections on science diplomacy have emerged essentially from the United States and United Kingdom, Europeans have the resources to conceptualize and implement their own science diplomacy, understanding its constraints and leveraging its strengths.

InsSciDE – Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe – is a first-ever interdisciplinary consortium and stakeholder engagement structure focusing on Europeans and on European science diplomacy. Funded under the Horizon 2020 framework, it will engage historians of science and technology, networks of diplomats and scientists, experts of strategy and policy makers to bring science diplomacy into the foreground and better use it.