The European Science Diplomacy Cluster

The European Union is defining its strategy for a regional science diplomacy. Three complementary projects – El-CSID, InsSciDE, and InsSciDE – funded by Europe’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme support this endeavour, forming Europe’s first science diplomacy cluster. Through multidisciplinary research and dialogue, the projects generate frameworks for governance, strategic advice, training modules for diplomats and scientists, and groundbreaking knowledge on science diplomacy histories.

What is Science Diplomacy?

Science diplomacy is broadly understood as a series of practices that stand at the intersection of the two fields. These practices can help to address global challenges, promote understanding, and increase influence and prosperity. Science diplomacy has been divided into three phenomena: science for diplomacy – the use of science to advance diplomatic objectives; diplomacy for science – the use of diplomatic action to further scientific and technological progress; and science in diplomacy – the direct involvement of science or scientific actors in diplomatic processes.

This website provides an entry point for policymakers, scientists, practicing diplomats, and other wider audiences to stay up-to-date with developments in European science diplomacy. It is an umbrella platform which promotes, collates and disseminates information from the three existing EU-funded projects exploring the topic:


European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy


Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe


Using science for/in diplomacy for addressing global challenges

Mission of the EU Science Diplomacy Cluster

Each project places emphasis on certain aspects of European science diplomacy research, shining a light on fields such as heritage and archaeological diplomacy (InsSciDE), interlinkages between scientific and cultural diplomacy (EL-CSID), and (S4D4C). Together, the projects offer a comprehensive picture of European science diplomacy.

News - Events - Resources and Knowledge Documents

Latest News

Click to find out more about major developments in European science diplomacy – including events reports, released Knowledge Resources, and open calls and invitations to our workshops


Read about upcoming events in the European science diplomacy calendar.

Knowledge Resources

Browse all resources and knowledge documents from the three projects in the cluster, including policy briefs, science diplomacy cases and other publications.

S4D4C Science Diplomacy Workshops – Call for Applications open!

The Horizon 2020-funded S4D4C project is seeking candidates to participate in two workshops on science diplomacy taking place at The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the Diplomatische Akademie Wien – Vienna School of International Studies (DA).

Find out more here!