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Date(s) - 21/09/2021 - 21/10/2021
All Day


The COST Association (European Cooperation in Science and Technology, has invited the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance to offer a Science Diplomacy Training for participants from COST Actions. Around 50 researchers active in the networks have registered to the training taking place on 21 September and 21 October.


COST science diplomacy visual

What is science diplomacy? Who are the science diplomacy stakeholders? What are the challenges and opportunities that current researchers and policy makers face which can been tackled by science diplomacy instruments? Which approaches are successful and which skills are needed for their implementation? These questions are just a few examples of the topics that the COST Training “Science Diplomacy in practice every day!” covers.

Time/Day Day 1:

SD Definition & Stakeholders


Day 2:

SD Approaches & Skills

9:30 – 9:40 Welcome Welcome, recapture Day 1


(Brainstorming about known SD Approaches, e.g. from COST Actions)

9:40 – 10:00 Icebreaking
(Introduction / Video & Quiz)
Regional and Thematic Approaches: Similarities and Differences

(Presentations/ Q&A)

10:00 – 10:30 SD Interpretations & Developments relevant for COST

(Introductory Presentation / Q&A)

Working Groups

(Exercise: What are suitable SD Tools?)

10:30 – 11:00 Working Groups

(Exercise on SD elements in COST Actions?)

Presentation of WG outcomes & discussion


11:00 – 11:10 Coffee break Coffee break
11:10 – 11:40 SD Stakeholders (Presentation / Q&A) Interests, Values, Geography:

What matters in SD?

(Presentations/ Q&A)

11:40 – 12:30 Roles, Interaction, Differences
(Panel Discussion with SD experts)
Similarities and Differences between European and International SD Approaches
(Panel Discussion with SD experts)
12:30 – 13:00 Lunch break Lunch break
13:00 – 13:30 Working Groups supported by panelists and trainers

(Exercise: How to identify and involve the most relevant SD actors)

Icebreaking (Scientific and Diplomatic Skills: What is available and needed?)

The two SD worlds:
Similarities and Differences
(Presentation / Q&A)

13:30 – 14:00 Presentation of WG outcomes & discussion
Working Groups:

Strategy development – the “Common Pot”-Game

14:00 – 14:30 Reflection (Day 1) Reflection (Day 2 + SD Training)


Please note that the participation to the training is based on invitation by the COST Association.


Science Diplomacy Training for COST