In a recent open-lab notebook entry for the S4D4C website, S4D4C researcher Dr. Katja Mayer (ZSI – Centre for Social Innovation) writes about the possibility to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic with the help of Open Science Diplomacy.

Read below Katja’s preface…

The Coronavirus crisis shows us how fragile and sensitive our living environments are. Everywhere taken for granted infrastructures collapse, or it becomes clear that they are insufficiently available or maintained. It has become apparent that we are far from having an overview of the situation. Everywhere researchers and journalists call for more data to combat the spread of the virus, and for more evidence to understand policy measures. In some areas data is already available, and openly shared, such as the genetic sequence of the virus. In other domains, data are pouring in slowly, are not publicly accessible or simply not available at all, i.a. for the study of the socio-economic determinants of the pandemic. Now Science Diplomacy is needed to support and coordinate the openness and international cooperation of science, industry and policy, so that research can not only help to stop the pandemic and tackle its wider impact, but also to define the necessary principles and protocols for future access to scientific knowledge in times of crisis – and not only then…

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Open Science Diplomacy to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic