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Workshop on ’diplomatie académique francophone’

At the initiative of the Western Europe Regional Directorate of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), a workshop brought together diplomats and academics in Paris on 25-26 November 2019. The meeting was hosted by the General Delegation of Quebec and featured InsSciDE Expert Prof. Pierre-Bruno Ruffini, Université du Havre, and S4D4C’s Pauline Ravinet, Université de Lille.

The meeting reflected on ’diplomatie académique francophone’, which could be defined as the capacity of francophone universities and research centres to influence the world order by promoting the Francophonie’s values of cooperation, solidarity plurilingualism and multilateralism. The gathering followed a first workshop held in April 2019 in Namur, Belgium.

In this second edition, traditional diplomats, science diplomats and academics of universities and international associations – such as the AUF, the International Association of Universities, the European University Association and the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe – converged their visions of knowledge and science diplomacy. As knowledge diplomacy today is almost exclusively discussed in English, participants expressed the need for promoting plurilingualism in its study. Furthermore, the group developed the idea of incorporating fundamental values and ethical practices of academia and science into knowledge diplomacy, and considered approaches to amplifying universities’ contributions to the field.

InsSciDE and S4D4C representatives Ruffini and Ravinet shared insights from the two European science diplomacy projects and advised on approaches to translating theories of ’diplomatie académique francophone’ into action. The workshop also produced a framework text proposing new lines of action that could inspire the AUF in the exercise of its missions.

Published 16 December 2019

- Organized by: Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)
- Read about the group’s first workshop on ’diplomatie académique francophone’ in April 2019
- Click to read more about Pierre-Bruno Ruffini and his role in InsSciDE.