What Are National and Regional Approaches of Science Diplomacy? S4D4C Interactive Webinar Series 4

Date: Thursday 19th November 2020

Time: 15:00-17:00 (CET/UTC+1)

One way to identify national (or regional) approaches to science diplomacy (SD) is to scrutinize documents from national and international diplomatic contexts in which diplomacy meets science and vice versa. You may find policy guidelines or even just short sections that point to a specific understanding of science diplomacy. One may suppose that such an understanding has a political underpinning, which was set in a country’s foreign policy deployment and which is now implemented by its diplomats. Module 5 has mainly focused on this approach, by interpreting science diplomacy strategies as representations of national – or regional – policymaking.

However, a specific approach to science diplomacy is not only expressed in the official announcements of public diplomacy. It is also reflected in the behaviour of diplomats and of scientists who interact with one another. We could therefore base our understanding of SD on a perspective that goes hand in hand with the attention we pay to the individual behaviour of statesmen and scientists. Cultural differences may lead to variant behaviour in negotiations. Several case studies show us a need to respect such differences in fields of international relations, foreign policy, and diplomacy.

The national or regional access to SD is thus marked by current political dynamics, interests and, sometimes, of course, by tensions. Against this background, it is important to look at current situations and to recognize the use of different strategic approaches of science diplomacy.

Due to these differences, we have chosen three European (Germany, France and Spain) and three non-European countries (China, Japan and USA) for our S4D4C Online Course: They share the criteria of leading in science, technology and innovation, but they have different cultural identities as well as political and scientific structures. Additionally, the way these countries pursue their own national interests impact the shape and characteristics of the joint initiatives that are undertaken in order to face global challenges.

The 4th S4D4C webinar will thematically focus on the European perspective, but we will try to reflect also approaches outside Europe. The comparison with other regions and countries will be crucial for establishing diverse views as well as an intensive discussion.

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Programme outline

15:00     Official Welcome

Elke Dall, S4D4C project coordinator, Austrian Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI)

Maria Josten, Senior Scientific Officer, German Aerospace Center/ DLR Project Management Agency, and S4D4C partner

15:05  Icebreaking Session (Mentimeter)

Lorenzo Melchor, EU science advice and diplomacy officer, Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), and S4D4C partner

 15:15  Roundtable: National and Regional Science Diplomacy Approaches

The interactive panel brings together scientists, policymakers and diplomats who bring some light to the variety of national and regional science diplomacy approaches.

Introduction: Mitchell Young, Assistant Professor, Department of European Studies at Charles University in Prague

Panelists:

Chair: Maria Josten, Senior Scientific Officer, German Aerospace Center/ DLR Project Management Agency, and S4D4C partner

15:50     Q&A

Laure-Anne Plumhans, junior researcher, Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), and S4D4C partner

16:00     Breakout Sessions

 16:35     Outcome of breakout sessions (summary)

16:45     Mentimeter Cloud

Lorenzo Melchor, EU science advice and diplomacy officer, Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), and S4D4C partner

16:55     S4D4C Final Remarks

Elke Dall, S4D4C project coordinator, Austrian Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI)

17:00 End

 

Supporting references

As the course is outlined as a complementary interactive activity for the online course, we recommend attendees to be familiar with the topic of discussion by taking the course module

We also recommend reading the additional references below:

Elorza Moreno, Ana/Melchor, Lorenzo/Orts-Gil, Guillermo/Gracia, Cristina/Lacunza, Izaskun/Izquierdo, S4D4C EUROPEAN SCIENCE DIPLOMACY Borja/Fernández-Vera, José Ignacio (2017): Spanish Science Diplomacy: A Global and Collaborative Bottom-Up Approach. In: Science & Diplomacy 6(1) (link)

Flink, T. and Schreiterer, U. (2010). Science Diplomacy at the Intersection of S&T Policies and Foreign Affairs: Toward a Typology of National Approaches. Science and Public Policy, 37(9), pp. 665–677. DOI: (link)

Krasnyak, Olga (2018). National Styles in Science, Diplomacy, and Science Diplomacy. A Case Study of the United Nations Security Council P5 Countries. Leiden/Boston: Brill. (link)

Ruffini, Pierre-Bruno (2017). Science and Diplomacy. A New Dimension of International Relations. Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. Cham: Springer International Publishing (link)

Van Langenhoven, Luk (2016).Tools for an EU science diplomacy. Brussels: European Commission. ISBN 978-92-79 6533

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