New Horizons for Science Diplomacy

InsSciDE Concluding Conference
PARIS,  23-24 JUNE 2022

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day 1 morning
Thursday 23 June

Maison de la Recherche
Sorbonne Université

28 Rue Serpente, 75006 Paris

Pathways to a shared science diplomacy for Europe:
From InsSciDE to the EU SD Alliance

** Please note: Thursday morning interactive workshops have reached capacity! Only those already registered or invited guests will be exceptionally admitted. If this applies to you, no further action is required in order to attend. **


In a highly interactive format, participants explore the most pressing issues in science diplomacy and possible tools and solutions, alongside experts from InsSciDE, the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance, as well as from the vast field of science diplomacy practice.


Welcome Coffee and Introductions


Session A (3 parallel sessions): Key theoretical concepts for science diplomacy: In search of the 4th dimension

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  1. Power asymmetries
  2. Instrumental relations or co-shaping of science and diplomacy?
  3. Diplomatic objects, infrastructure and materiality
  4. Institutions and (academic) networks
  5. Sociotechnical imaginaries


Session B (3 parallel sessions): Science diplomacy in action

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  1. Science diplomacy for EU Missions and Global Challenges 
  2. Competence building within science diplomatic communities 
  3. Wartime science diplomacy: Break or continue relations?
  4. Knowledge-based policy: How universities and science networks can organize to inform decision making
  5. Establishing the role of a science advisor in a diplomatic service – Challenges and opportunities



After the lunch break, workshop participants reconvene at Richelieu Amphitheater at 13:30.


Plenary debate

** At Richelieu Amphitheater. See address below. **

Facilitated by Luk van Langenhove & Maria Paula Diogo

Participants reconvene in plenary and debate findings on science diplomacy concepts, practical challenges and action steps.

day 1 afternoon
Thursday 23 June

Richelieu Amphitheater
Sorbonne Université

17 rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris


Welcome Address

  • Professor Nathalie Drach Temam President of Sorbonne Université


Showcase: InsSciDE Success Stories and Legacy

  • Marga Gual Soler (Chair) GESDA, InsScIDE Advisor
  • Representatives of InsSciDE's work packages:

    Power | Science Diplomats | Heritage | Health | Security | Environment | Space | Engagement & Interface | Communication & Legacy


Coffee break


Practical futures for science diplomacy

  • Pierre-Bruno Ruffini (Chair) University of Le Havre
  • Angela Schindler-Daniels German Aerospace Center (DLR), Past Co-Chair EU SD Alliance
  • Elisabeth Claverie de Saint-Martin President-Director General of CIRAD
  • Jan-Marco Müller European Commission, DG Research & Innovation;
    formerly European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • Laurent Warlouzet Sorbonne-University/ GIS-Euro-Lab
  • Norbert Hounkonnou Network of African Science Academies (NASAC)
  • Peter McGrath The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)


Conclusion of Day 1

  • Maria Cristina Russo Director for Global Approach & International Cooperation in Research & Innovation in DG Research and Innovation (pre-recorded)
  • Claire Giry French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation

day 2 morning
friday 24 June

UNESCO Headquarters

Entrance Suffren 
125 Av. de Suffren, 75007 Paris


Breakfast and Digital Exhibition of Case Studies  

Lounge area of Room XI


Welcome and Introduction

  • Ezra Clark Director a.i. of the UNESCO Division of Science Policy and Basic Science
  • Professor Pascal Griset Coordinator of InsSciDE 
  • H.E. Adam Al Mulla Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Kuwait to UNESCO, Professor of Chemical Engineering  
  • H.E. Ramata Ly Bakayoko Permanent Delegate of Côte d'Ivoire to UNESCO, Professor of Pediatric Dentistry


Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe: InsSciDE Offerings and Conclusions

  • Pascal Griset InsSciDE Coordinator
  • Claire Mays InsSciDE Executive Director 
  • Leonard Laborie InsSciDE Deputy Coordinator 



Coffee break


Open Science, Multilingualism and Inclusivity: New Dimensions for Science Diplomacy

  • Ana Persic (Chair) Programme Specialist at UNESCO
  • Janne Pölönen Federation of Finnish Learned Societies;
    Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication
  • Norbert Hounkonnou Network of African Science Academies (NASAC); University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
  • Sylvie Rousset Director of the CNRS Open Research Data Directorate (DDOR)
  • Tania Eulalia Martinez-Cruz Indigenous Peoples Food Systems and Water Expert, FAO


Beyond InsSciDE: An Alliance for Science Diplomacy

  • Pascal Griset, CNRS, and Claire Mays, Symlog, Current Alliance co-Chairs
  • Angela Schindler-Daniels and Stella Reschke, DLR, Preceding Alliance co-Chairs
  • Luk van Langenhove, UVB, and Eric Piaget, UNU-CRIS, Incoming Alliance co-Chairs

InsSciDE has received funding under the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme (grant agreement n° 770523, 2018-2022)

This event is not organized by the French government. However, it is authorized by the French government to use the emblem of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.