Our members (DLR and partners from the InsSciDE consortium) are contributing to the SAPEA Conference: “Science Advice under Pressure”, 27-28 April in Brussels.

 “Taking the heat off: What is Science Diplomacy’s role in times of urgency?” is the topic of the workshop organised by DLR and InsSciDE as members of and in partnership with the Alliance, which will take place on 28 April, 9:45-11:15.

All tickets for the conference venue are sold out now, but virtual participation is still possible. More information: https://scientificadvice.eu/

Science Diplomacy is a “new” policy tool for application in times of urgency. What can Science Diplomacy really achieve and can it help us anticipate advancements to create better futures? Come discuss policy, geopolitical, organizational, thematic and anticipatory angles with practitioners.

The recent pandemic and a myriad of global challenges have demonstrated the need for universal approaches and coordinated national remedies, and they have set science at centre stage of policy ecosystems. In this complex environment, science diplomacy has become a “new” old tool to tackle cross-border and cross-cutting challenges. With the “utility” of science diplomacy currently being discussed at different European and national policy levels, we propose a closer look at various Science Diplomacy arenas and approaches (science for diplomacy/in diplomacy/diplomacy for science) in the overall context of global urgency. Practitioners and scholars wise to geopolitical, organizational, thematic and other dimensions of Science Diplomacy will share their views on the interest paradoxes – ‘competition/openness’, ‘reciprocity/compromise’ and the value of anticipatory Science Diplomacy in times of increased pressure and scrutiny. The panellists will elaborate on opportunities and challenges, limitations and needs for improvement in Science Diplomacy approaches.

Interaction between the panellists and participants will be facilitated by e.g. fishbowl techniques and Slido.

Anna Aberg, Chalmers University of Technology, InsSciDE project researcher
Yuriy V. Kostyuchenko, Scientific Centre for Aerospace Research of the Earth, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and IIASA
Angela Liberatore, ERC (European Research Council)
Jan-Marco Müller, EEAS (European External Action Service)
Daria Robinson, GESDA (Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator)
Michael Vorländer, German Permanent Representation to the EU

Angela Schindler-Daniels, DLR

Claire Mays, Symlog 
Stella Reschke, DLR (chat)

EU Science Diplomacy Alliance at the conference “Science Advice under Pressure”