S4D4C implements in-person as well as online, synchronous as well as asynchronous training activities.
We set out to strengthen the capacities for science diplomacy by providing information, training, networking and community-building opportunities and also aim to support mutual understanding between stakeholders. Europe’s ambitions for better integrated research have become increasingly intertwined with the priorities of the international community. So far, only a limited number of training opportunities are available. Our aim is to widen the range of trainings in order to give more diplomats as well as scientists the possibility to develop their understanding and skills in Science Diplomacy.
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1. S4D4C Training Materials
It is S4D4C ambition to help building and support the European Science Diplomacy community by providing it with relevant knowledge and skills. To do so, S4D4C has been developing a number of capacity development activities, distributed with an open source license. We make available training materials for on-site trainings and guidelines on how to use them (many of them were used by trainers in the two S4D4C training workshops in 2019 in Trieste and and Vienna, see below but also from other occasions such as the S4D4C’s networking meetings in Madrid and Berlin). The materials offered enable any interested party to enhance their own science diplomacy seminars, suited to their audience and needs.
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2. S4D4C Online Course on Science Diplomacy
You can now find on our website the S4D4C online course on Science Diplomacy.
The course is the results of many months of work and will enable students to dive deeper into the world of European science diplomacy. All of this, completely free of charge.
Current and future science diplomats are all invited to participate in the course.
In learning six modules we will give you the answers to the following questions:
- What Is Science Diplomacy?This module sets the context of the state of the art in Science Diplomacy, conceptual approaches, nature of professionals involved, etc.
- Who Are the Science Diplomacy Stakeholders?Here you will find a brief description of different stakeholders and networks in Science Diplomacy.
- How Does the European Union Practice Science Diplomacy? The focus of this part of the online course is on the current state of Science Diplomacy within the European Union (EU), on understanding the political structure of the EU as well as the EU science and innovation system and lastly the science diplomacy ecosystem
- Which National, Regional, and Thematic Approaches of Science Diplomacy Exist?This module gives an overview of different science diplomacy strategies across countries, regions, or topics of interest around the world
- What Set of Skills Do I Need to Be a Good Science Diplomat?This module helps you reflect on your own skills and which you need to promote, improve, or train to be a science diplomat.
- What are the Outcomes of Science Diplomacy Cases?This module gives you practical insights into selected case studies and summarises the main findings of the empirical analysis undertaken by S4D4C.
All modules start with an introductory lesson with the learning objectives and preliminary experts’ insights, and finish with a lesson including brainstorming questions and a quiz. We also offer two additional modules providing technical guidance through the course and additional material.
If you successfully go through these modules you will receive a S4D4C certificate after finishing the online course.
3. S4D4C Science Diplomacy Training Workshops
“Science meets diplomacy: a new European perspective”
“Science Diplomacy Dynamics – Opening Science! Opening Diplomacy”
S4D4C organised two workshops on science diplomacy in 2019: (1) at The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Trieste from 21-23 October 2019 and (2) at the Diplomatische Akademie Wien – Vienna School of International Studies (DA) in Vienna from 25-27 November 2019. The S4D4C consortium prepared two different programmes designed with a slightly different target group in mind: the workshop at TWAS (Trieste) was anticipated to have a higher ratio of scientists while the one at DA (Vienna) was directed to a more diplomatic audience.
The goal of both workshops was to provide participants with the opportunity to understand the state-of-the-art of science diplomacy in Europe, provide them with the necessary skills to work in science diplomacy, as well as showcase some examples e.g. through panel discussions and research-based case studies developed by the consortium. The workshops were designed to be interactive, present different types of sessions, and provide participants with time and opportunity to network and exchange work related experiences. Some of the materials developed for these courses are made available open source (see above).
4. S4D4C Open Doors Programme
In Mid-October 2018, the S4D4C project launched its ‘Open Doors Programme’ in order to train highly motivated scientists in science diplomacy. This competitive scheme gave five grantees the opportunity to engage with different diplomacy stakeholders across Europe and gain hands-on experience, taking part in a ‘learning by doing’ training programme in science diplomacy.
The grantees took part in several meetings held by S4D4C and had the opportunity to visit several institutions (e.g. Spanish embassies in London and Brussels, the European Space Agency) and events (e.g. the final conference of another topical European project, EL-CSID and a science advise workshop in the UK Parliamentary).