The InsSciDE project sought to develop an in-depth understanding of EU science diplomacy experience through historical research that plots the practices, stakes and networks of actors involved in cases of science diplomacy spanning the 19th century to present day.

InsSciDE will produce 24 case studies associated with five themes under the umbrella of science diplomacy: Heritage, Health, Security, Environment and Space, as well as the transversal research strand Science Diplomats.

Below you can find the studies published so far in the form of scientific publications. In the final phase of the project, the cases will be consolidated and harmonized into a book which can serve as reference material for science diplomacy practitioners, stakeholders and students to discernibly illustrate ‘science diplomacy’ in practice across a range of scientific fields.

InsSciDE Case Studies

From the work package Science Diplomats

Enacting Soft Power: Cartoons, Technodiplomacy and the 1890 British Ultimatum to Portugal
Maria Paula Diogo, Paula Urze, Ana Simões

Science for Competition among Powers: Geographical Knowledge, Colonial‐Diplomatic Networks, and the Scramble for Africa
Daniel Gamito‐Marques

The French Academy of Sciences: Understanding the Role of Academies in Deploying Science Diplomacy
Pascal Griset [full paper forthcoming]

Attached to Diplomacy: French and German Explorers and the Birth of the Science Attaché Before the First World War
Léonard Laborie [full paper forthcoming]

Science Diplomacy in the Field: An Immersion in the Life of Science Counselors of the European Union
Pierre-Bruno Ruffini [full paper forthcoming]

Science Diplomacy in the Republic of Letters: The Naturalist Abbé Correia da Serra
Ana Simões & Maria Paula Diogo [full paper forthcoming]


Gamito-Marques case study poster
Ruffini case study poster











Laborie case study poster
Griset case study poster










From the work package Heritage

 Coming soon.

From the work package Health

Dealing with the Plague in Oporto, 1899. Building a European Health Diplomacy: A Comprehensive Approach
Céline Paillette [full paper forthcoming]

Unpacking the Role of Metrics in Global Vaccination Governance Open Access
Anna Pichelstorfer and Katharina T. Paul

Paillette case study poster










From the work package Security

The ways and means of ITER: reciprocity and compromise in fusion science diplomacy Open Access

Orphaned atoms: The first Moroccan reactor and the frameworks of nuclear diplomacy
Matthew Adamson

From lobbyists to backstage diplomats: how insurers in the field of third party liability shaped nuclear diplomacy Open Access
Alexandros-Andreas Kyrtsis and Maria Rentetzi


Åberg case study poster











From the work package Environment

Mettre en récit les savoirs traditionnels: Une diplomatie scientifique alternative à la COP21 Open Access
Jean Foyer et David Dumoulin Kervran

Scientific imaginaries and science diplomacy: The case of ocean exploitation Open Access
Sam Robinson

Trading Global Catastrophes: NATO’s Science Diplomacy and Nuclear Winter Open Access
Simone Turchetti


From the work package Space

Space Diplomacy in the Cold War Context: How It Worked on the Soviet Side [full paper forthcoming]
Olga Dubrovina


Dubrovina case study poster