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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4.1.1 Learning Objectives and Experts’ Preliminary Insights

Learning objectives

This module shows how the European Union (EU) carries out the practice of science diplomacy and the bi-directional impact in/from Member states’ science diplomacy strategies. The objective here is not to present a mere chronological collection of facts but to understand the setting and the importance of the major developments of the EU in the field.

Throughout this module, we will give you answers to the following questions:

  • What is the EU? What is the EU institutional framework? Where is the EU as a global actor in the world?
  • How is the EU science and innovation system articulated?
  • How does European science diplomacy work?

Also, we will provide:

  • An historical overview of the EU science system so you can put the previous modules into context.   
  • Information about the EU science diplomacy vision and values in the ecosystem, as well as different examples of research projects and practices.

What the experts think

We have invited a group of experts to give us some preliminary insights about the question “Why is science diplomacy so high in the European agenda?” Their explanations will be useful to establish the foundations on which we will build up your knowledge.


Léonard Laborie

Research Fellow, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique(CNRS), and Deputy Coordinator for the H2020-funded consortium “Inventing a shared science diplomacy for Europe (InsSciDe)“

Why is science diplomacy so high on the European agenda?



Senior Researcher and Project Manager, Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) and Project Coordinator for the H2020-funded consortium “Using science for/in diplomacy for addressing global challenges (S4D4C)”

Why is science diplomacy so high in the European agenda?

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 priority for the EU? If so, why?
  • Do you think that European science diplomacy could contribute to tackling global challenges?

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