The Final Networking Meeting of the project S4D4C (Using science for/in diplomacy for addressing global challenges) entitled “Addressing Global Challenges Together: the Role of Science Diplomacy” took place between 15-19 March 2021.
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The session “Understanding the Role of Governments and Other Governance Levels in Science Diplomacy for Addressing Global Challenges II”, includes the following parts:

S4D4C ON THE SPOTLIGHT: “The Governance of Science Diplomacy”
The actors and activities that are effective in what we commonly understand as science diplomacy are diverse and mechanisms are complex. With the idea of deploying science diplomacy for a greater good (the societal and global challenges of our times), it becomes very clear, that national approaches will not lead far. But how can science diplomacy be operated across different governance levels, in a multilateral framework, and with the interaction of multiple stakeholders? What kind of procedures are in effect and what attributes allow successful interaction? In the session ”The governance of science diplomacy” S4D4C partners from Twente University and FECYT will discuss their policy-oriented findings from the project and present their ideas on how to create interactive spaces and science diplomacy for global challenges.

Chair: Nadia Meyer, Senior Scientific Officer, German Aerospace Center/Project Management Agency (DLR-PT)

Ewert J. Aukes, Postdoctoral Researcher in Science, Technology and Policy Studies, University of Twente, the Netherlands
Lorenzo Melchor, Policy Analyst, Knowledge for Policy: Concepts and Methods Unit, Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC)

PANEL ROUNDTABLE: “Governing Science Diplomacy for Addressing Global Challenges with No Silos”
Global challenges are extremely complex and cannot be faced in isolation, they require strengthened collaborations and new ways to align efforts and create shared missions across governments at different levels, government´s departments and other stakeholders. For science diplomacy to flourish and unveil its full potential, this governance with no silos is of the essence so that the scientific and the diplomatic communities can work together.

The panel will discuss the opportunity of science diplomacy to become a fundamental element to underpin a joint approach for addressing global challenges in which not only governments but public opinion, companies, research institutions and the third sector, among others, need to converge. The challenges of this vision will be assessed; in particular, the impact of new technologies and big tech companies in international relations and global governance, the need to break silos among government levels or the necessary balance among joint endeavours and regional, national or individual interests.

Chair: Izaskun Lacunza, Head of Unit, Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)

Daria Robinson, Executive Director of the Diplomacy Forum, Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA), Switzerland
Martin Rauchbauer, Austrian Tech Ambassador, Head of “Open Austria“, Silicon Valley
Abdul Hamid Zakri, Pro-Chancellor of Multimedia University in Malaysia, Chair for INGSA Science Advice Network for the ASEAN Region and Former Science Adviser to Malaysian Prime Minister

Understanding the Role of Governments I – S4D4C Final Networking Meeting

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