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Date(s) - 18/02/2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Science can play an important role in providing a basis for political decisions and can build bridges between science, society and politics – including science policy and development policy. The COVID-19 pandemic made this very clear to us: never before had so many research activities to be mobilized internationally so quickly, which became the basis for international political action. Science diplomacy`s (SD) potential as a tool for Africa has not been widely raised so far. Many African countries have made significant progress toward meeting some of their ambitious objectives for development and political integration, the need remains to further progress the link between science interacting with diplomacy. Science diplomacy should, therefore, be recognized as a priority in shaping continental as well as national policy and development agendas. Science Diplomacy in Europe, on the other hand, has been on the rise over the last few years. It already plays a role in the new EU Global Approach and the Global Gateway Initiative of the European Commission.

The Summit between the European and African Union (EU-AU Summit) in February will be the occasion for raising awareness of SD’s potential in overcoming political tensions and to cast a light on it in the future cooperation of the two continents. The DLR Projektträger, in partnership with the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance, is therefore gathering policy-makers, scientists and stakeholders for an interactive exchange on the following questions:

  • How can Science Diplomacy be strategically implemented in African countries and the continent?
  • How can Science Diplomacy help to address the challenges posed by the endeavour to enable a sustainable and green African and European development while addressing the SDGs?
  • How can Science Diplomacy support the development of the AU-EU partnership?

The session is part of the European Union-African Union Summit, Science and Innovation side events, organised by the AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform with the aim to promote awareness of the contribution of collaborative research and development as a critical aspect of European-African relations and collaborations, in particular in addressing global challenges together.

The event is linked to the session “Science Diplomacy to achieve the SDGs” that the Alliance organised at the Science Summit of the United Nations General Assembly 76 in September 2021.

More information and registration via:

Africa-EU Summit Science Dialogue Events: (Ref 181100) Science Diplomacy – convene… (

Using Science Diplomacy as a powerful instrument to foster European-African cooperation – Side Event to the AU-EU Summit 2022