Call for Abstracts: Final S4D4C Networking Meeting

Delegates who would like to present their work at the “Addressing Global Challenges Together: The Role of Science Diplomacy” meeting taking place from Monday 15th March 2021 to Friday 19th March 2021, are invited to submit an abstract for the Satellite Sessions which will be held from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, CET (UTC+1), on the 17th and 18th of March.

Satellite sessions will be run with two different formats: Stakeholders‘ Parallel sessions and Science Diplomacy Community Flash Talks. Abstract submission will be done independently for each of the two formats.

Stakeholders‘ Parallel Sessions will be held on 17th March and are directed to high-profile European Union or national government representatives, distinguished science diplomacy practitioners, leading non-state institutions in the field, and so forth. These sessions will consist on a 45-90-min meeting, which can be supported by different formats: a panel roundtable with different speakers, a set of oral communications delivered by different presenters, a combination of oral communications and a panel roundtable, and so forth. Initially, at least three sessions will be selected to run in parallel. If the number and quality of applications is substantial, additional Stakeholders‘ Parallel Sessions will be made available.

The Science Diplomacy Community Flash Talks will be held on 18th March and are directed to PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, as well as practitioners and policy officers to present their research on science diplomacy or a particular scheme or practice. Selected applicants will give a 5-min oral communication. This session will consist on different sets of 5-min presentations followed by a 10-min Q&A. Initially, up to nine applicants will be selected. If the number and quality of application is substantial, we will find ways to accommodate additional participants or slots.

Abstracts for both, Stakeholders‘ Parallel Sessions and Science Diplomacy Community Flash Talks, are accepted on a wide range of topics in science diplomacy. The applicant has to select the topic that best accommodates the scope of the session/talk on the submission form. Available topics are:

  • Knowledge: it comprises abstracts focused on deconstructing the permanent and ad-hoc scientific advisory mechanisms in place to address global challenges, and to operate and prepare ourselves for upcoming global threats. It also involves the theoretical and empirical understanding of science diplomacy as a practice.
  • Governance with no silos: it comprises abstracts focused on identifying what kind of global, regional, national and subnational governance coordination mechanisms will be able to trigger a successful multilateral response for the future. It is a section focused on the role of governmental stakeholders at all levels of governance.
  • Alliances: it comprises abstracts focused on alliances established between multiple government and non-governmental stakeholders that can ensure successful science diplomacy responses in times of global challenges.
  • Institutions: it comprises abstracts focused on showcasing successful practices from hybrid institutions of all kinds that operate at the science diplomacy boundaries, and its presence within the research and academia sector.
  • People: it comprises abstracts focused on discussion about the training of current and future professional to liaise in the interface between science and diplomacy. 


Please read carefully all the instructions available on the S4D4C website and on the online abstract submission system before preparing your abstract.

  • Abstract submission is only possible via the online abstract submission form in the S4D4C website, either for the Stakeholders‘ Parallel Sessions (registration form) or the Science Diplomacy Community Flash Talks (registration form).
  • The abstract submission deadline is Wednesday 30th December at 11:59 pm (CET, UTC+1).
  • Abstracts cannot be edited after submission.
  • All presenting authors must be registered as delegates for the conference (which is free of charge) and the submission of the abstract serves as confirmation of the presenter’s availability to attend the virtual conference. Please check the specific dates and times of the Parallel and the Community sessions. (Registration for conference will be made available on 27th November)
  • Please, make sure the abstract you submit demonstrates originality.
  • Instructions regarding timings, duration of oral presentation, and format and size of abstracts are available in the Stakeholders‘ Parallel Sessions or the Science Diplomacy Community Flash Talks specific registration forms.
  • Submission of the abstract constitutes consent to publication exactly as submitted. Please ensure your abstract does not contain any spelling, grammar, or scientific mistakes, as it will be reproduced exactly as submitted. Following abstract acceptance, S4D4C may undertake soft proof reading, but please ensure your abstract does not contain spelling, grammar, or scientific mistakes, as it may cause delays for its online announcement.
  • All abstracts will be acknowledged via the online system. After submitting, the following text will appear:

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  • The S4D4C Evaluation Committee will judge the submissions according to the relevance to the overall theme of the meeting, ensuring a diverse participation with a global impact. The S4D4C Evaluation Committee reserves the right to accept or refuse any abstract.
  • Submitting authors will be notified during the week of 1st-5th February whether their abstract has been accepted, and they will be informed at the same time about the date and time of their presentation. All notifications will be sent out to the e-mail address given on the submission form.