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Join us! Open Conference to convene SD stakeholders in Erlangen

24-26 November 2021 | In-person + select online sessions

InsSciDE brings intercultural encounters and academic training in science diplomacy into the spotlight during its second Open Conference in Erlangen, Germany.

An interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities and social sciences will interact with science diplomacy practitioners and stakeholders during three days of workshops, networking and panel discussions.

Our online audience can enjoy a number of the panels remotely.

Join the webinars on Zoom or YouTube
(no registration needed)

  • Thursday 25 Nov, 11-18h CET
  • Friday 26 Nov, 13.30-14.45 CET

Full program of in-person and virtual sessions.

Register to receive the livestream link by email and get notified when recorded sessions are released!

Read the abstracts of the InsSciDE case studies to be spotlighted: Nuclear Diplomacy, War Archaeology, Climate Communication.

If attending in person: please make sure to read the "In-person attendance logistics" document and fill out the "In-person attendance form".


Theme: Science Diplomacy as an Intercultural Encounter

An interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities and social sciences will interact with science diplomacy practitioners, students and stakeholders to analyze science diplomacy as an intercultural encounter, and explore how this understanding could enrich academic and practical training.

National, regional or ethnic cultures but also a diversity of technoscientific, diplomatic, engineering, business and other compound cultures come together in science diplomacy. Profound differences in worldview and life practice may be found among the actors addressing contemporary global challenges, such as when indigenous peoples are enrolled in climate change negotiations bringing alternative views on science. Technical multi-lingualism becomes a key competence in negotiating multilateral solutions to global crises.

To create a rich description and deep analysis, science diplomacy studies must acknowledge the multiple dynamics of the intercultural encounter, the tacit or overt tensions, effects and compromises. Science diplomacy training too should acknowledge this encounter, and the educational endeavor may be framed as an intercultural exercise.

Program at a Glance

All times in CET.
Check the text in blue for online sessions!

Wednesday 24 November Heinrich-Lades-Halle

  • 18.00-19.45
    OPENING and PANEL Technosciences, Education and Diplomacy: Intercultural Challenges
    [Recording to be uploaded online later]
  • 20.00-22.00
    NETWORKING Reception with drinks, finger food and live jazz music

Thursday 25 November NH Hotel Erlangen

  • 9.15-10.30
    BREAKOUT SESSIONS Focus on Intercultural InsSciDE Cases [In-person only]
  • 11.00-12.30
    PANEL What’s Next for Research on Science Diplomacy? [Webinar]
  • LUNCH Complimentary Lunch Buffet
  • 14.00 - 15.30
    PANEL Interdisciplinary Communication: How Do We Talk Across Lines and Roles? [Webinar]
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Friday 26 November NH Hotel Erlangen

  • 9.00-10.45
    SYMPOSIUM Experience of Teaching/Learning Science Diplomacy [Webinar or recording TBD]
  • 11.15-12.15
    WORKSHOP Interculturality Hands-on Workshop [Bonus, in-person only]
  • LUNCH Complimentary Lunch Buffet
  • 13.30-14.45
    FLASH PRESENTATIONS: Community perspectives on interculturality and science diplomacy training [Webinar only]
    Check out the abstracts

Format and Registration

Face-to-face event in Erlangen, Germany (in-person space is limited), with select sessions streamed online.

  • In-person attendees are requested to read and submit attendance information here, including important notes on health restrictions - “2G rule” - and break-out group preference.
  • There is no conference fee; in-person attendees cover their own costs for travel and stay.

Call for Contributions

Call now closed.

Would you like to exhibit a poster or short presentation? Read the full conference concept note and develop a brief proposal for a contribution (about 100 words) around the interculturality theme. Deadline 5 November 2021.

Submit your contribution at the bottom of the registration form. One of the event organizers will be in touch through email to discuss the proposal further.

InsSciDE Open Conference Erlangen
24-26 November 2021

In-person + select online sessions

Organizers: Maria Rentetzi (FAU), Claire Mays (Symlog), Gabriela Radulescu (FAU), Daniella Palmberg (UNESCO)