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Date(s) - 10/05/2022
5:15 pm - 6:20 pm


Norway-EU Science Diplomacy Network: Science Diplomacy Strategy and Practice for Arctic, Russia, UN, and Ocean Policy

Arctic Frontiers Side Event
Margarinfabrikken 3, Clarion Hotel the Edge

10/05/2022 | Tromsø, Norway
17:15 – 18:20

The Norway-EU Science Diplomacy Network (the Network) organizes a side-event at the 2022 Arctic Frontiers conference between its constituent partners, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Arctic Frontiers, University of Bergen (UiB) and the European Union Science Diplomacy Alliance.

The Network will also separately organize business meetings and field visits in Tromsø outside the Arctic Frontiers conference. The side-event will bring together Norwegian science diplomacy practitioners from government, academia, civil society, indigenous peoples’ organisations, and social partners (employers and labor) with European Science Diplomacy Alliance scholars, and EU institutions engaged in science diplomacy, Arctic, Russia, UN, and ocean policy.

The Norway-EU Science Diplomacy Network enhances Norwegian connections to the Horizon 2020 project InsSciDE and the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance. It creates a space for exchanging findings, sharing resources and converging networks of InsSciDE and the Alliance with Norwegian government (national, regional, and local), academia (universities, hospitals, institutes), civil society, indigenous peoples’ organisations, and social partners (employers and labor).

Science diplomacy is the use of scientific research and higher education for foreign and security policy purposes. There is a long historical record of such use of research and higher education by both state and non-state actors, something InsSciDE addresses its work. In recent years, the term science diplomacy has gained much attention in scholarly and policy circles, which should not be confused with recent occurrence, as science diplomacy as practice has a long record. The EU with its member-states are one of the biggest economic, regulatory, scientific and security actors in the world with worldwide presence and reach.

Science diplomacy on the Arctic, Russia, the UN, and oceans, are key foreign and security policy instruments and interests for Norway. It contributes to low-tension and science-based management in the Arctic and builds trust between Norway and Russia. The EU is determined to use science diplomacy in a much more strategic way to ensure Europe’s place in the world, including the Arctic.

The EU with its member-states is one of the biggest economic, regulatory, scientific and security actors in the world with worldwide presence and reach. European nations have centuries of global engagement, and European science, culture, languages, education, etc., has penetrated and shaped large parts of the world. The EU therefore seeks a deep theoretical and strategic understanding of the use and potential of science diplomacy for its global role based on historical research. This theoretical and strategic understanding is pursued through the Alliance and with support from the InsSciDE project findings and resources.

Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen Professor, UiT – the Arctic University of Norway
Tor Eldevik Professor, UiB – University of Bergen
Lise Øvreås Professor, University of Bergen & The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
 Léonard Laborie CNRS, InsSciDE
 Jenny Turton Science Advisor, Arctic Frontiers
Eric Piaget UNTRAD
Kleinsy Bonilla
 Daniella Palmberg UNESCO, InsSciDE
Lars Otto Reiersen

A side event of 

Arctic Frontiers 2022 PATHWAYS Conference

May 8th-11th: Tromsø & Digital

See the full Arctic Frontiers Agenda


Arctic Frontiers: Norway-EU Science Diplomacy Network