SciTech DiploHub, the Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Hub, is a pioneering non-profit public-private partnership backed by leading research centers, universities, start-ups, and public institutions that positions Barcelona as a global lab in science diplomacy for cities around the world.

Recently, the SciTech DiploHub kicked-off a series of online conversations as a response to the current COVID-19 crisis. Titled “#SciDipTalks”, this series comprises five online conversations between various experts and on specific perspectives to the global pandemic the world is currently facing.

Last week, on March 26, the first of these talks took place revolving around the topic of international cooperation in times of global pandemics. The session aimed to explore the role of international cooperation in global health crisis management, while specifically addressing the importance of science diplomacy in pandemics by looking into the cases of Ebola, H1N1 influenza, MERS and the current SARS-CoV-2.

S4D4C’s team member and EU Science advice and diplomacy officer in the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), Lorenzo Melchor, was one of the four experts invited to share his expertise. The others included Julia MacKenzie, Senior Director for International Affairs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with whom we recently conducted an interview for our stakeholder’s voices, Antoni Plàsencia, Director General of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), and Ilona Kickbusch, Chair of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Alexis Roig, CEO of SciTech DiploHub, moderated the online conversation.

➡️ You can read about what was discussed on the S4D4C website.

➡️ The full recording of the #SciDipTalk 1 “Science Diplomacy and Pandemics: A Call for Greater International Cooperation” can be found on the Youtube channel of the SciTech DiploHub

➡️ The next #SciDipTalk takes place this Thursday, April 2, featuring the topic: “The Covid-19 crisis in Europe: A failure of science diplomacy?”. S4D4C team member Ivo Šlosarčík is expected to take part in the upcoming talk. Find all information HERE.

Science diplomacy in times of COVID-19: S4D4C joins online webinar series organised by SciTech DiploHub Barcelona
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