Two of the researchers that were selected in the competitive S4D4C Open Doors programme travelled to London together with representatives of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology to continue their training in science diplomacy on 30th and 31st of January.
During the first day, they participated in the workshop that the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST) that aimed at training researchers how the Parliament and the Governement work, which are their communication channels available to the public, how researchers can identify the impact their research can have in public policies and, finally, how this can be effectively be communicated to politicians and policy-makers.
On the second day, the Open Doors grantees visited the Embassy of Spain in London. The Office for Scientific and Cultural Affairs arranged an agenda with a number of bilateral meetings with different attachés in the Embassy so that grantees could get to know first hand the daily routine of a diplomatic mission and how science is a transversal dimension of this work. Also, they held a meeting with the President of the Spanish Researchers in the UK (SRUK) who explained the main objectives of this society.
In the coming months, S4D4C Open Doors grantees will visit Brussels and Bonn and their agendas will include visits to research centres, multilateral organisations and Embassies of Spain.