General information on the S4D4C Final Networking Meeting

S4D4C  3rd and final networking meeting titled “Addressing Global Challenges Together: the Role of Science Diplomacy” will be taking place online for a week from Monday 15th March to Friday 19th March 2021.

S4D4C hosts networking events to facilitate effective and efficient interfaces of European and global science diplomacy actors. The first S4D4C networking meeting was held in Madrid in December 2018 and focused on a global perspective based on the reconceptualization of science diplomacy as key to advance in national, regional and global challenges. This resulted in the publication of “The Madrid Declaration on Science Diplomacy”, already endorsed by over 150 experts. The second S4D4C networking meeting, held in Berlin in October 2019, reviewed the European perspective on science diplomacy, displaying our empirical findings from nine research case studies. As a result of both conferences, S4D4C published the policy report “Calling for a systemic change: towards a EU science diplomacy for addressing global challenges“.

This final networking meeting will take place in the context of a pandemic which highlights the importance of the initial objectives of the Horizon 2020 project S4D4C: (1) to enhance the research understanding of the practice of science diplomacy for addressing global challenges, (2) to provide policy recommendations to better approach science diplomacy, and (3) build and train a community of science diplomacy practitioners that could provide expertise to tackle global challenges.

More concretely, the final networking meeting will provide the perfect stage to deconstruct the permanent and ad-hoc scientific advisory mechanisms in place to address global challenges, both at the national and international levels; and to operate and prepare ourselves for upcoming global threats preferentially using a science diplomacy approach based on multilateralism and the collaboration of multiple state and non-state stakeholders. This event will address science diplomacy perspectives in view of some of the most palpable global challenges our societies are coping with: climate change, food/water sustainability, cybersecurity, and global pandemics.

The one-week event aims at advancing in the establishment of a lively European and global science diplomacy community while providing its practitioners with additional tools, knowledge and policy recommendations. This final networking meeting will celebrate the end of the S4D4C project, but it will also provide the stage to discuss the legacy of S4D4C and additional outcomes stemming from this European and global discussion around science diplomacy.

Discover below our provisional agenda:

The meeting will combine plenary sessions and satellite sessions.

 Plenary Sessions

These sessions will be held every day from 1pm to 3:15pm (CET, UTC+1) and will comprise:

  • High-level conversations with EU stakeholders: both in the opening and closing day, S4D4C will have high-level authorities coming from EU institutions to discuss about science diplomacy and the impact as well as the legacy of S4D4C
  • High-level roundtables: a National Governments’ Roundtable or an International Organisations’ Roundtable will ensure participation of high-level policymakers, diplomats, and scientists in management positions that are involved somehow in science diplomacy for addressing global challenges
  • S4D4C on the spotlight: this section will showcase the main S4D4C project outputs (research and empirical studies, policy briefs and reports, training outcomes, and so forth) and focus on their impact through a chaired discussion with S4D4C partners
  • Plenary roundtables: with scientists, diplomats, policymakers and other practitioners to discuss in detail about the different areas in science diplomacy for addressing global challenges: the value of knowledge in foreign policymaking and diplomacy, the need for governance with no silos, the impact of building alliances against a global challenge (such as COVID-19) across stakeholders of all kinds, and the special reach of boundary institutions and training of future science diplomats
  • Plenary talks: a top-level speaker will deliver the plenary talk

Satellite Sessions

Satellite sessions will be held from Tuesday to Thursday and will offer a diverse content organised around three types of format.

The S4D4C Parallel Sessions organised by S4D4C partners will be held on Tuesday 16th March. During those sessions, S4D4C team members will present or discuss specific topics along the 5 axes of the Meeting (Alliances, Knowledge, People, Institutions, Governance with no silos ) in different formats (roundtable, presentation, interactive session, panel..)

The Stakeholders’ Parallel Sessions will run simultaneously from one another on Wednesday 17th March. The parallel session are organized by science diplomacy stakeholders external to the S4D4C consortium such as European Union or national government representatives, distinguished science diplomacy practitioners, leading non-state institutions in the field or science diplomacy scholars. The S4D4C evaluation committee is currently assessing all applications received.

For the last parallel sessions taking place on the On Thursday 18th March, we have invited researchers of science diplomacy, practitioners and/or policy officers, diplomats who have been involved in particular science diplomacy activities to apply to present their project, findings or insights on science diplomacy during our Community Flash Talks.  The evaluation committee will select community representatives

The week will be punctuated by two ‘Social Hours’, that will bring the community together in an interactive way to foster networking and engagement capabilities of participants.