Bringing Scientists into Science Diplomacy
Science and Technology are crucial tools in tackling humanity’s grand challenges. Addressing these challenges requires the coordinated efforts of researchers, diplomats and policy makers. However, communication between these parties is not usually straightforward and training opportunities are needed. S4D4C’s Open Doors Programme aimed to provide scientists with tools to become science diplomats.
In mid-October 2018, the S4D4C project launched its ‘Open Doors Programme’ in order to train highly motivated scientists in science diplomacy. This competitive scheme gave five grantees the opportunity to engage with different diplomacy stakeholders across Europe and gain hands-on experience.
We have summarized the lessons learnt in a publication “How to set up a knowledge exchange experience in diplomacy and/or policy for researchers. The S4D4C Open Doors toolkit” which captures the lessons learnt during the design and implementation of the programme and the testimonials of researchers and host institutions. Also, it describes a few additional exchange programmes for researchers in diplomatic or other public policy environments so as to show the very many different shapes these programmes can take while sharing the objective of fostering better connections between researchers, diplomats and/or policymakers. Finally, it incldes some tips for those institutions interested in establishing their own exchange programmes. You can access the report here: S4D4C_D5.9_open doors report_revised
S4D4C’s blog entries on the progress of the Open Doors Programme: