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Chalmers University of Technology: Consortium #13

Anna Åberg works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University of Technology. She is a historian of technology, focusing on energy and resource history and she obtained her Ph.D. in 2013 from the KTH- Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She has a strong interest in academic outreach and has organized an academic film festival and several public seminar series, as well as consulted on museum exhibits.

She will perform the WP6 case study on the diplomatic processes around international fusion research collaboration, to outline changes taking place in the practice and conduct of European science diplomacy in transnational energy collaboration, as well as highlight the complex and changing scientific, technological and political contexts that science diplomacy actors have to relate to.

Case Study Pitch

Prof. Åberg is author of InsSciDE case study n°6.3, ITER and the changing role of security: European science diplomacy in nuclear fusion collaboration. Read the pitch for this case study here.

This pitch outlines how case study n°6.3 focuses on collaboration around nuclear fusion as a historical case of handling issues of nuclear and energy security through science diplomacy. Key quote: ’The ITER project is an example of a project of Cold War diplomacy having to adapt to a post Cold War reality, and which has survived many political upheavals and crises. A study of the diplomatic process around ITER will allow deeper insight into how actors in science diplomacy adapt and relate to changing networks and contexts, as well as how they participate in the creation of knowledge networks and negotiate the changing concept of security over time.’