At the end of the project’s duration (in April 2021) we are reflecting on contributions considering the long-term impact of our Horizon 2020-funded project “Using science for/in diplomacy for addressing global challenges” (S4D4C).
The project’s work touched upon various contexts related to science diplomacy and aimed for academic impacts as well as policy-related ones, at training and networking. As an interdisciplinary social scientific research and innovation project, it explored the topic conceptually as well as empirically and published academic articles, policy reports, infographics, training materials etc. and engaged in the EU as well as globally in outreach and networking activities building and nurturing a community.
This final report prepared by the project reflects on initially expected outcomes and effects but also considers outcomes and impacts that were not anticipated at the beginning of the project. For one, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted shortcomings in the current interaction between international relations and scientific cooperation and thus sparked a growing interest in ongoing S4D4C work within the wider science diplomacy community. This, in turn, led to increased interest in the role of science, science advice to international policy and SD and thus to S4D4C’s topics and outputs. This document reflects on some aspects of the monitoring and the effects and impacts that we were able to deduct. By choosing a more qualitative storytelling approach, we present six impact highlights that we understand as milestones on the pathways to impact dimensions.
Quote as: Meyer, Nadia (2021): The Impact Story of S4D4C, Deliverable 6.4, Vienna: S4D4C.