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SD projects visit Danube Academies Conference

The 10th Danube Academies Conference was held in Prague on 30-31 October 2019, and addressed the broad themes of Science Diplomacy and Research Infrastructures in Eastern and Central Europe. The conference was organized by the Czech Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA) and ELI Beamlines. InsSciDE and our ‘sister project’ S4D4C both gave presentations, while other participants included representatives of Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Education, Academies of Sciences and of Arts, research centres and embassies.

View the Conference program here.

The Danube Academies Conference series was founded in 2011 by EASA in response to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. It is a platform for exchange for the national academies of the Central and Eastern European countries traversed by the great river. As such the Conference is of particular interest to InsSciDE, serving as a direct example of how academies play a role in regional science diplomacy.

InsSciDE was represented by our Executive Director Claire Mays, who shared an invitation to help shape our 2020 summer school program: academies (as well as science advisory bodies, ministries and university departments) are invited to nominate and sponsor candidate trainees. Keep an eye out for updates about the Warsaw Science Diplomacy School on our Twitter, Facebook, and on this page.

Mays drew on research from InsSciDE’s WP3 – Science Diplomats to speak of science academies as a means to create and sustain science diplomacy (see her full presentation here). Relying on work by Coordinator Pascal Griset, she outlined the transnational science networks since the beginning of the modern era, naming the 17th and especially 18th century as defining years in the development of the international role of academies. Two opposing trends characterized the subsequent periods: 19th c. technology caused a surge in both data creation and information exchanges while, wars and 20th c. totalitarianism impeded ‘transnational scientific life’. Mays recounted how official conventions between academies multiplied in the 1950s and 60s, although some academies found it expedient to maintain informal relations. In the most recent period, their contact grew to focus on cross-border challenges relating to human rights, space, the poles, and the environment (click on the links to read about InsSciDE work on these topics). Finally, Mays voiced InsSciDE research questions such as:
-  Which informal practices allowed the Academies of Science to foster and respond to the 1st phase of internationalization of science (17th-19th c.)?
-  How can they be analysed today, with the help of political and international relations theory, the tools of history, the insights of practitioners?
-  What lessons and strategies can be drawn going forward?

Read more about the 10th Danube Academies Conference including the S4D4C presentations on our EU Science Diplomacy cluster website.

InsSciDE and fellow EU Science Diplomacy Cluster project S4D4C tweeted about the conference (@insscide_eu and @S4D4C).

Published 30 November 2019

- Check out InsSciDE’s presentation at the Danube Academies Conference:
Science academies creating and
sustaining science diplomacy
(Claire Mays)

- Read a complete review of the event on our shared SD Cluster page:
EU Science Diplomacy