1. How to Get Started?
2. What Is Science Diplomacy?
3. Who Are the Science Diplomacy Stakeholders?
4. How Does the EU Practice Science Diplomacy?
5. What Are the National, Regional and Thematic Approaches of Science Diplomacy?
6. What Set of Skills Do I Need to Be a Good Science Diplomat?
7. Hands On! Case Studies
8. How Can You Dive Deeper into Science Diplomacy?
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2.1.1 Learning Objectives and Experts’ Preliminary Insights

Learning objectives

This module aims to define the complex concept of science diplomacy. Throughout this lesson, we will give you answers to the following questions:

  • A general introduction to the world of science and the world of diplomacy and international affairs.
  • What is science diplomacy? Definitions for “science diplomacy”, which has become an umbrella term due to its different meanings and people’s understandings.
  • What kind of science diplomacy approaches are there? An overview of different conceptual frameworks for science diplomacy, which allow us to frame the nature of specific science diplomacy activities.
  • Who works in science diplomacy? Examples of a variety of practitioners who work in the interface between science and international relations.

The following video captures a general introduction to the topic of science diplomacy for addressing global challenges and the required interactive spaces between scientists, diplomats, and policymakers.

S4D4C Video: What Is Science Diplomacy for Addressing Global Challenges?

Experts’ preliminary insights

We have invited a group of experts to give us some preliminary insights about the question “What is science diplomacy?”. Their explanations will help to establish the foundations on which we will build up your knowledge.

Alexander Degelsegger

Alexander Degelsegger-Márquez

Head of Digital Health and Innovation at Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (Austrian Public Health Institute). Former S4D4C project coordinator.

What is science diplomacy?

Peter Gluckman

Peter Gluckman

Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA)

What is science diplomacy? How many types of science diplomats are there?

Mona Nemer

Mona Nemer

Chief Science Advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister and Minister of Science

How important do you think science diplomacy is for international relations?

Some Questions to reflect on after watching the videos

These questions are posed for you to reflect individually about the main messages put by our experts in science diplomacy. Please, take some time to think about them.

  • Do you think science diplomacy is a recent activity or an old activity that has been rebranded recently?
  • Do you think there is a common understanding about what science diplomacy actually means? Do different professionals or countries understand it or use it in the same way?
  • Who do you think would be the most suitable professionals to fulfil roles in science diplomacy?

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