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InsSciDE Networks in Moscow

InsSciDE considers the importance of intercultural networking, its place within inventing a shared science diplomacy for Europe, and its role in bridging the gap between science and diplomacy.

On 22 March in Moscow, the Vice-Rector for International Cooperation of the Russian State University for Humanities Vera I. Zabotkina welcomed Laurence Roche Nye, a researcher with InsSciDE’s WP8-Space. Professor Zabotkina is a member of the project Advisory Board. Dr. Roche Nye (Sorbonne Université-Paris 4) had been invited by the Institute of History of Natural Sciences and Technology (Russian Academy of Sciences) to present her work on ‘Science Diplomacy in Cold War Franco-Soviet space cooperation’.

Vera Zabotkina, philologist, a specialist in cognitive linguistics, Director of the Center for Cognitive Programmes and Technologies at RSUH agreed to collaborate with Laurence Roche Nye in analyzing intercultural interactions inherent to international scientific networks. A working meeting is scheduled for October in Moscow.

Vera Zabotkina (left) and Laurence Roche Nye discuss the networking made possible by InsSciDE, highlighted by the 60-page directory of research, training and advisory participants in the 4-year H2020 European project.

Earlier in March Prof. Zabotkina received Prof. Pierre-Bruno Ruffini, InsSciDE expert with WP3-Science diplomats: fluid identities and emergent practices. Prof. Ruffini (University of Le Havre) is a former Counselor for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in Russia. He frequently speaks and teaches in Russia, and during this trip created awareness of Science Diplomacy among high representatives of the Moscow Diplomatic Academy and the Academy of Sciences (as well as 100 students assembled by Prof. Zabotkina). On the strength of his contributions to local understanding of the field of Science Diplomacy Pierre-Bruno Ruffini has been invited to participate at the Global Research Council meeting focused on this topic and hosted next May by the Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research.