“Science Diplomacy – Joining forces for sustainable development” was the motto of the latest edition of the zoom discussion series “Diplomacy – Your Questions, Our Answers”, which is regularly being organised by the S4D4C consortium member Diplomatische Akademie Wien – Vienna School of International Studies (DA). Susanne Keppler-Schlesinger, deputy director at the DA, and special guest Anne Kasper-Giebl, university professor at the Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics at the Technical University Vienna (TU) shared their views both from a diplomat’s and a scientist’s perspective.
Ms Kasper-Giebl talked about her research activities at the Austrian Sonnblick Observatory, her findings on the impact of dust particles in the atmosphere, and possible implications for international relations. Ms Keppler-Schlesinger underlined the rising importance of an ever-closer cooperation of scientists and diplomats in the future. In this respect, she mentioned the DA’s interdisciplinary master’s degree programme in Environmental Technology & International Affairs (ETIA). The ETIA is organised in cooperation with TU and prepares graduates for careers at the interface between science and diplomacy.