The Prague House hosted a debate about science diplomacy on October 15, highlighting also the S4D4C project and its results. A crowd of over 70 people attended the event organised by the Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation (CZELO) and the Czech Centre Brussels.
S4D4C work package leader Mitchell Young from Charles University Prague presented some preliminary observations from the case study research and moderated a debate covering the relations between diplomats and scientists in dealing with global challenges and the future of EU science diplomacy. The debate uncovered the rich vein of opportunities for science diplomacy for Europe, narrowing in on how the EU presents itself (and how it is seen) in an international context. It also pointed out some existing obstacles on both sides of the science-diplomacy equation.
The participants in the debate moderated by Mitchell Young were:
- Eliška Tomalová, S4D4C researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague
- Tamara Katuščák, Deputy Ambassador at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Brussels
- Maël le Bail, Attaché for science and university cooperation at the Embassy of France in Brussels
- Suvi Seppalainen, adviser on science diplomacy at the EEAS Secretariat General Strategic Policy Planning Division
More details on the participants’ comments can be found here:
Photos credit: Filip De Smet