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EU Science Diplomacy Alliance Launched!

The EU Science Diplomacy Alliance is a new collaborative initiative that will sustain the networks fostered in the Horizon 2020 Science Diplomacy projects S4D4C, InsSciDE and EL-CSID and continue generating impact beyond the projects’ lifetime. It replaces the projects’ tripartite known as the EU Science Diplomacy Cluster and takes over its website:


Consult the website to see more details about the Alliance, stay updated on science diplomacy news and events, learn about membership conditions and browse a compilation of science diplomacy resources from the projects and beyond.

The Alliance was ’soft launched’ in a panel at the S4D4C Final Networking Conference, described and captured as a recording below.

On 10 June 2021, it was formally launched with the gathering of the first General Assembly, hosted by ZSI. Read the media release from the launch here.

Watch the ’soft launch’ panel recording with S4D4C’s Elke Dall, EL-CSID’s Luk Van Langenhove and InsSciDE’s Pascal Griset:

On the last day of the Final Networking Conference of S4D4C, the coordinators of S4D4C, InsSciDE and EL-CSID convened for a soft launch of the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance, a multi-stakeholder interface which will keep the three Horizon 2020 projects at its nucleus.

The three Coordinators also took the opportunity to discuss the challenges encountered, lessons learned, and impacts sustained during their projects, of which InsSciDE will soon be the last one still active.

Coordinator Luk Van Langenhove of EL-CSID, which ran 2016-2019 and had a culture and innovation focus, discussed his project’s recommendation to add ‘Diplomacy in Science’ as a fourth form of science diplomacy, explaining that this framing would include diplomatic actors combatting anti-science movements and elevating the impact of societal debates. He also spoke about the evolution of the science diplomacy discourse, noting that his project was one of the early voices to place emphasis on the competitive aspect of science diplomacy, a theme that has gained more prominence since.

Pascal Griset, InsSciDE’s Coordinator, explained how interdisciplinarity is essential in science diplomacy practice as well as to InsSciDE’s theoretical work. He observed that there is a need for acculturation between disciplines and fields for collaboration to be effective. Pascal pointed to the first edition of InsSciDE’s Warsaw Science Diplomacy School (WSDS) as an example of this kind of acculturation in a training program, where students reported learning to better understand and dialogue across the many domains represented in the school. [1] The second edition of WSDS will take place June 2021!

S4D4C’s Coordinator and moderator of the session Elke Dall’s summary of her project’s recommendations centered on creating more structured spaces for science diplomacy interactions and capacity building such as training programs. She moved on to discuss the project’s most recent policy brief, from which the idea of the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance originates. The report is entitled Nurturing the EU Science Diplomacy Community: The Launch of an EU Science Diplomacy Alliance for Addressing Global Challenges and was written by Ana Elorza, Lorenzo Melchor and Izaskun Lacunza of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).

The Alliance will take shape and grow along with developments in the science diplomacy community and consists of institutional members committed to sustaining dialogue and fostering opportunities to progress theory and practices of science diplomacy. The first six-month period starting in July 2021 will be chaired by DLR, followed by CNRS/Sorbonne Université from January 2022.

Objectives include:

  • Encourage project collaboration
  • Training, education and institutional capacity building
  • Promoting and creating knowledge exchange and interaction interfaces
  • Connecting and nurturing a science, technology and innovation diplomacy community
  • Keeping track of European Union Science Diplomacy activities
  • Advising science diplomacy stakeholders

The session also featured words of support from representatives of some of the founding institutions, including InsSciDE Executive Director Claire Mays (Symlog) who hailed the step as an exciting ‘follow-up on discovered affinities’ between the Cluster projects and their partners.

Founding members of the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance

The Alliance is open to members who are legal entities based in the EU and who ’self-commit’ to mobilize resources and support each other in the achievement of the joint objectives as non-profit activities. For more information, get in touch via contact@science-diplomacy.eu and look out for updates on www.science-diplomacy.eu.

A visual summary of the panel by S4D4C’s graphic artist

1 April 2021
Daniella Palmberg

Launch of the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance and Lessons from the EU SD Cluster at the Final Networking Conference of S4D4C
19 March 2021


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