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Day 1 Details: Thursday 23 June

Pathways to a shared science diplomacy for Europe: From InsSciDE to the EU SD Alliance


Maison de la Recherche
Sorbonne Université
28 Rue Serpente, 75006 Paris

The morning consists of two sets of parallel workshops on conceptual and practical challenges in science diplomacy. Led by members of InsSciDE and the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance, the sessions explore first what we can learn from science diplomacy as seen today and in the past, and then the challenges and opportunities on the path ahead. Constructive interaction with the InsSciDE project results contributes to envisioning next actions for the Alliance.

Session A (3 parallel sessions)

Key theoretical concepts for science diplomacy: In search of the 4th dimension 

Each group engages with ideas emerging from InsSciDE’s 4½ years of interdisciplinary research  linking history, STS, archaeology, and political science, discussing implications for science diplomacy practice and teaching. A group task brings the discussion beyond the classical “science/diplomacy” trilogy to address a fourth dimension or more (diplomacy in science: competing definitions, negotiation and compromises).  Insights and suggestions are expected for institutions and networks as well as future research.


Power asymmetries;  instrumental relations or co-shaping of science and diplomacy?


Diplomatic objects, infrastructure and materiality


Sociotechnical imaginaries

Session B (3 parallel sessions)

Science diplomacy in action

Connecting InsSciDE results to the future through the EU SD Alliance, participants conceive future actions in/with/for science diplomacy to fulfill societal, political or scientific objectives. Particular attention is given to the ways and means of communicating science diplomacy.


Science diplomacy for EU Missions and Global Challenges 


Competence building within science diplomatic communities


Wartime science diplomacy: Break or continue relations?


After a buffet lunch onsite, the Richelieu Amphitheater (10-minute walk).


Richelieu Amphitheater
Sorbonne Université
17 rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris

Showcase: InsSciDE Success Stories and Legacy

As an interdisciplinary research project InsSciDE went beyond the standard production of peer-reviewed articles, developing methods to reach a larger audience and create impact. Here we showcase the diversity of our activities and achievements, discussed by our project advisors, summer school alumni and other specialists.


  • Create, safeguard and disseminate knowledge: InsSciDE project members briefly present our deliverables – more than two dozen case studies, a European strategy, issue papers, videos, training materials and digitized artifacts


  • Communicate and engage with stakeholders: We share the experience of network building, competence building, and animating a broad science diplomacy community


Speakers: InsSciDE project members including case study authors; advisory board members; Warsaw Science Diplomacy School alumni; specialist practitioners

Coffee break

Practical futures for science diplomacy

InsSciDE members share conceptual and operational perspectives for a shared European science diplomacy. The findings and deliveries are challenged, discussed and elaborated by a roundtable of practitioners and specialists.


  1. Which strategies can foster a European science diplomacy?
  2. What kind of competence building, mutual acculturation and training can be engaged?
  3. What can the EU SD Alliance bring to a Europe confronted by global challenges? 


Angela Schindler-Daniels German Aerospace Center (DLR), Past Co-Chair EU SD Alliance

Jan-Marco Müller European External Action Service (EEAS)

Norbert Hounkonnou Network of African Science Academies (NASAC)

Peter McGrath The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)

TBA Speaker, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs; TBA Speaker, GIS EURO-LAB.

Day 1 Closing

Maria Cristina Russo Director for Global Approach & International Cooperation in Research & Innovation in DG Research and Innovation (pre-recorded)


Claire Giry Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation

InsSciDE has received funding under the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme (grant agreement n° 770523, 2018-2022)

This event is not organized by the French government. However, it is authorized by the French government to use the emblem of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.