We have witnessed how COVID-19 has brought to the limit health, social, economic, and labour systems and provoked huge turbulences in multilateral relations. In parallel, science and its ability to inform policies for better response has become a crucial dimension of the answer to the crisis.

In this context, more than ever, science diplomacy can become a fundamental asset to the European Union (EU) and its Member States (MS). EU science diplomacy can contribute to address this current crisis as well as other global challenges. This would also help the EU positioning itself as a global role model in integrative leadership and multilateral responses. But as S4D4C-own (one of the three EU science diplomacy cluster projects) research and the experiences that could be drawn from the co-creation exercises with science diplomacy stakeholders have shown, science diplomacy can only thrive to its maximum if accompanied by a farsighted systemic change in the interaction between stakeholders and their practice of exchanging knowledge.

S4D4C works to support the EU and the rest of European stakeholders to develop a basis of common understanding of a EU science diplomacy that contributes to  addressing global challenges. With that aim in mind, the project has organised two international networking meetings in Madrid and Berlin (the third and final is currently discussed in terms of date and its format) involving the European as well as global scientific, diplomatic and science diplomacy community. S4D4C has also performed extensive research on the matter and will continue to do so until the project’s end.

S4D4C is now proud to present a policy report titled

“Calling for a Systemic Change. Towards a European Union Science Diplomacy for Addressing Global Challenges”

Together with the policy report the project published an executive booklet that builds on that knowledge and repeats the call for “a systemic change to deploy a EU science diplomacy strategy for addressing global challenges”.


You can download both the report and the executive booklet from our website. Just follow this LINK


Call for action – your feedback is wanted!

The authors want the report to be a collaborative document and are calling for comments, contributions, and ideas on how to develop implementation plans (with potential milestones and progress assessment) for the fifteen recommendations towards the EU and other important stakeholders (as to be found in the report).

If interested, you may send your name, affiliation and comments to s4d4c@fecyt.es by 10th October 2020.

Comments and contributions will help in publishing an improved version of the report by the end of 2020.

S4D4C expects that this policy report will trigger both a public and policy debate around the need to address global challenges, such as this COVID-19 pandemic, through multilateral collaboration and the use of EU science diplomacy.

We are very much looking forward to your feedback!

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Calling for a systemic change: Towards a EU science diplomacy for addressing global challenges