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

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 and Introduction

  • Professor Pascal Griset Coordinator of InsSciDE


Session A (3 parallel sessions)

Key theoretical concepts for science diplomacy: In search of the 4th dimension

  1. Power asymmetries;  instrumental relations or co-shaping of science and diplomacy?
  2. Diplomatic objects, infrastructure and materiality
  3. Sociotechnical imaginaries


Coffee break


Session B (3 parallel sessions)

Science diplomacy in action

  1. Science diplomacy for EU Missions and Global Challenges 
  2. Competence building within science diplomatic communities 
  3. Wartime science diplomacy: Break or continue relations?


Plenary debate

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



After a buffet lunch onsite, the Richelieu Amphitheater (10-minute walk).

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


Coffee break


Practical futures for science diplomacy: InsSciDE perspective(s)

  • Angela Schindler-Daniels German Aerospace Center (DLR), Past Co-Chair EU SD Alliance
  • Jan-Marco Müller European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • Norbert Hounkonnou Network of African Science Academies (NASAC)
  • Peter McGrath The World Academy of Sciences (UNESCO-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 Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation

day 2 morning
friday 24 June

7 Pl. de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris


Breakfast and Digital Exhibition of Case Studies  


Welcome and Introduction


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

  • Alain Schuhl Director General for Science, CNRS
  • Catherine Bréchignac French Academy of Sciences and the French Academy of Technologies
  • 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
  • Tania Eulalia Martinez-Cruz (TBC) Indigenous Peoples Food Systems and Water Expert, FAO


Beyond InsSciDE: An Alliance for Science Diplomacy

  • TBC Elke Dall Centre for Social Innovation Vienna (ZSI), First Alliance Chair
  • Pascal Griset CNRS, Current Alliance Co-Chair
  • Claire Mays Symlog, Current Alliance Co-Chair
  • Luk van Langenhove – Free University of Brussels (UVB), Incoming Alliance Chair


Conclusion of the Conference

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.