However, this is a complex interface to navigate, with many contradicting scientific and diplomatic interests at play. Training the future generation of boundary-spanning leaders in science diplomacy is an important first step for Canada to lead this transformation.
- Part 1: Understanding science diplomacy. An introduction to the history and theoretical frameworks of science diplomacy, the wide range of stakeholders and networks involved, its purposes and applications to national, regional and global issues.
- Part 2: Practical case studies provided by Mehrdad Hariri (CSPC), Marga Gual Soler and Lorenzo Melchor
- Part 3: Co-creating science diplomacy approaches for Canada (Interactive discussion in plenary or breakout groups about science diplomacy approaches on the Canadian Policy Fellows’ topics; Overview of activities and key science diplomacy skills)
- Part 4: A glimpse into science diplomacy careers (From Biomedical Research to Science Diplomacy: Short career presentations by Marga and Lorenzo)
- Guest Lecture: The Role of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Advising Governments, Advancing Diplomacy, and Contributing to Sustainability by E. William Colglazier. Science Diplomacy is a powerful tool for advancing diplomacy and for advancing science. Foreign Ministries are now paying close attention — opportunities exist for scientists at all levels to contribute. After briefly talking about his career path, William will focus on key issues for science diplomacy in the aftermath of COVID-19.
- An introduction into science diplomacy: evolution in history, definitions and conceptual frameworks, main stakeholders, actors and networks, landmark examples/applications, and its importance in times of COVID-19, climate crisis, and the 2030 Agenda.
- An appreciation of science diplomacy in the Canadian context, and the challenges and opportunities to improve Canada’s standing on the world stage from the fellows’ own domains of work and fields of expertise.
- Develop skills for engaging in science diplomacy through practical case studies and interactive debates.
- An overview of career paths and professional opportunities in science diplomacy
On behalf of the Canadian Science Policy Centre, Mehrdad Hariri, President and CEO forwarded the positive feedback:
The knowledge that you shared is invaluable, and provided Fellows with the critical tools they will use in their 12-month placements. Over the course of three days, we saw the Fellows get to know their cohort as they interacted with you and each other. We are thankful to you for providing not only core skill development and insights, but for enabling the attendees to build their strong network of peers.