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The European Commission developed the original call for proposals with the expectation of impacting the foreign policies of the EU and its member states and providing enhanced coordination between them, and between the EU and its international partners. InsSciDe expects to contribute through placing a "shared Science Diplomacy for Europe" on the research and debate agenda - clarifying assumptions, and identifying science diplomacy practitioners’ values and goals. Participative events build competence and capacity while revealing best practices. The story of former successes or failures of science diplomacy, viewed through historical, theoretical and strategic lenses, can provide a basis for informed policy.

The Commission with its call seeks in-depth insights into the multiple ties and mutual influences between Europe and its neighbours, former colonies and other countries and regions, especially in the scientific sphere. InsSciDE replies by developing a history of political dimensions of Europe-world connections and mutual influence in the scientific sphere. Stock is taken collectively of Europe’s exceptionally rich capital of experience in engaging globally through science and diplomacy interactions.

According to the call, funded research should together lead to a sound understanding of contemporary European societies, of the multiple sources and expressions of diversity in the EU and of how non-European influences impact on the formation of European identities. Acknowledging the multiple sources of today’s European diversity is viewed as having strong policy implications, not just for scientific and cultural policy, but also for immigration, integration, education and external policies. Such acknowledgement will also facilitate Europe’s future engagement with third countries. InsSciDE can offer, through its WP4, tightened links with scientific and state actors in Iraq and Syria. The full ensemble of InsSciDE intellectual products can contribute to the global attraction of European knowledge and skills transfer.

At project level, InsSciDE views that impact must be measured. Periodic assessment is conducted, and duly taken into account. Participant evaluations and feedback will improve engagement events. For the assessment of our overall intellectual impact, basic statistics on extent and diversity of reach are complemented by criteria and indicators drawn from the expected impacts reviewed at left, Council of Europe training guidelines, UNESCO standards, and co-development with the project Advisory Board.