#SciDipTalks | free online talks by leading world experts

Wednesday, April 19th, 24th and 26th 2023 – 4:00 PM (CEST)

Initiated in 2020 during the first round of lockdowns of the Covid-19 pandemic, the SciDip Talks are SciTech DiploHub’s flagship outreach program on Science Diplomacy, which consists of a series of free online talks by leading world experts in science, technology, and innovation diplomacy, geopolitics and sustainability. As a result of the scientific dimension of today’s global challenges, we have observed how science and technology have become an essential component of international relations and global cooperation. As part of our effort to further the role of science diplomacy worldwide, and bring in-depth analysis and expertise to the public debate about the most pressing global issues we gather global leading experts to discuss the latest trends in Science Diplomacy.

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Energy Diplomacy: The Promise of Nuclear Fusion

For over seventy years, the goal of developing a clean, limitless source of energy has long been a pursuit for the scientific community. Yet it did not become an object of potential diplomatic endeavor until the resolution of the Cold War when the end of the conflict made scientific partnerships and joint projects between the US and the former Soviet Union conceivable. Today, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is also a unique contemporary exercise in science diplomacy and a milestone in the technological history of mankind. This session will discuss the past, present, and future of energy science diplomacy, the current developments in nuclear fusion, and the role of diplomatic action in the realization of this future energy source.


Health Diplomacy and the Silent Pandemic of Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance has emerged as one of the principal public health concerns of the 21st century, threatening the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi. Infectious diseases have frequently outreached national borders and provided a platform for a deepening of international cooperation. In a recent meeting of the UN General Assembly, world leaders committed to promoting antibiotic stewardship and encouraging the development of new antimicrobial treatments. This session will explore the emerging role of health diplomacy in global health crises and some of the current initiatives to tackle this silent pandemic.


Data Diplomacy and the Future of the EU-US Data Privacy Framework

The European Commission recently announced a draft decision on the EU-US data privacy framework, paving the way for a potential data transfer deal to be adopted next year. The new pact, however, still needs the approval by European lawmakers and a panel of EU privacy watchdogs. Resolving that schism remains the key sticking point for transatlantic data transfers. This webinar will explore the main interplays between data and diplomacy: how data shapes digital geopolitics; how data governance is a key topic on the contemporary diplomatic agenda and how data is emerging as a tool in diplomacy and international affairs.

#SciDipTalks | free online talks by leading world experts