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EU R&I Days: InsSciDE’s P. Griset reports

The European Commission’s conference Research & Innovation Days aimed to gather Europe’s best and brightest researchers, scientists, innovators and policy makers for a three-day event, open and free to the public. It consisted of three main elements: a high-level Policy Conference, the Innovative Europe Hub and the ‘Science is Wonderful’ exhibition of EU-funded projects. InsSciDE’s Project Coordinator Prof. Pascal Griset attended the Policy Conference on 24 September 2019, and reported through Twitter (@PascalGriset) on the session Communicating Europe through Science Diplomacy.

In addition, a recording of the session is available on the European Commission’s website. Click here to watch!

The session Communicating Europe through Science Diplomacy featured as moderator Jean-Pierre Bourguignon (European Research Council, Belgium) and as speakers Her Royal Highness Princess of Jordan Sumaya bint El Hassan, Paul Rübig (European Parliament, Belgium), Christopher Fall (U.S. Department of Energy, USA), Maria Cristina Russo (European Commission, DG RTD, Belgium), Jean Eric Paquet (European Commission, DG RTD, Belgium), and Marga Gual Soler (Advisor of InsSciDE and the Research, Innovation and Science (RISE) High-Level Group, Spain). Prof. Griset discussed the InsSciDE project with several of the panelists and reported live on Twitter as the session broached the topics that each speaker considered the most important conditions for and functions of science diplomacy.

Through a recorded speech and a spokesperson addressing the session, Her Royal Highness Princess of Jordan Sumaya bint El Hassan reiterated the essential unity of the ‘human family’ in order to tackle the global challenges of today and to grant the right of a prosperous life to all. She pointed to science as the foundation of our capacity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of 2030 and underlined the necessity for international cooperation and multilateralism for science to flourish in these contexts. “Our response today will determine how our descendants remember us tomorrow.”

Moderator Jean-Pierre Bourguignon called the session a platform for exploring how science can contribute to political agendas and towards global goals and prosperity. He emphasized the growing importance of science diplomacy in these times of global tensions and polarization.

Christopher Fall discussed the United States’ priority of shared scientific and technological values when determining with whom to pursue scientific collaborations.

Paul Rübig spoke of the vital role of diplomats in communicating accurate science to the public. He suggested that the EU send delegates to the UN to exhibit each Member State’s progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr. Marga Gual Soler is a Science Diplomacy Advisor to InsSciDE as well as to the Cabinet of EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas. During the panel, she gave a comprehensive speech on the importance of internationally mobilized and politically empowered youth in today’s society. Dr. Soler emphasized the values of openness that structure the EU’s involvement in international scientific endeavors and referenced the strengths that the EU has already propagated through science diplomacy initiatives such as the Horizon 2020 projects EL-CSID, S4D4C, and InsSciDE (together known as the EU Science Diplomacy Cluster). She recounts her main points on Twitter (@margagual):

Published 17 October 2019