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Launch event 26 January 2018

The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) launched its new project InsSciDE - Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe - at the National Academy of Medicine (Académie nationale de médecine), on 26th January 2018. InsSciDE is funded through the European Horizon 2020 framework under the coordination of Professor Pascal Griset, Sorbonne Université.

InsSciDE launch event summary

The launch event brought together InsSciDE’s relevant stakeholders with its scientific Advisory board members: Catherine Bréchignac, Ambassador of France for Science and lifetime Secretary of the French Academy of Sciences, Thierry Courvoisier, President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), Edgar Morin, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the ISCC, and Laurence Auer, Director of culture, teaching, research and networks, Ministry of foreign affairs, France, and Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO, also took the floor.

A discussion panel allowed scientific Counselors, Advisors or Attachés from Hungary, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United States and the Russian Federation stationed in Paris (as well as a representative of the British Council) to illustrate their current perceptions, experience and expectations.

These individuals laid the foundation for InsSciDE before an audience composed of prominent players in the science diplomacy field (scientists, diplomats and academic specialists).

Edgar Morin, in his closing address, emphasized that scientists, diplomats, policy makers and civil society must help each other in the complex endeavor of addressing global challenges. He called for a heightened world consciousness of collective action for the greater good, through the creation of a high council of leaders including spiritual authorities.


The European Commission has called for the development of effective science diplomacy for Europe. InsSciDE – Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe – was selected for funding under Europe’s Horizon 2020 framework. It is coordinated by Professor Pascal Griset of Sorbonne Université, Director of the Institute of Communication Sciences (CNRS). The consortium includes 14 institutes of research or training from across 11 European Member states as well as UNESCO. The 4-year project 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. InsSciDE starts with the hypothesis that Europe and Member states possess a great capital of science diplomacy experience - but today this is fragmented, heterogeneous and under-utilized. There is a need to reveal, formalize and communicate this intangible capital, develop its conceptual bases and elaborate tools to help European science diplomacy emerge and blossom.

In four years (2018-2021) the project will investigate past and present experience, co-construct insights with practitioners, and provide theoretical and strategic frameworks and guidance to support stakeholder awareness and informed policies within the European Union. InsSciDE will produce knowledge-based discussion material to help prepare practitioners, train hundreds of young professionals, and disseminate results over a broad global audience.

InsSciDE focuses on several Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 3: Good health, SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy, SDG 13: Climate action SDG 15: Life on Land, SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals.

Our host for the launch event was Académie nationale de médecine, 16 Rue Bonaparte, Paris 6e.