The Science and Technology Diplomacy Summer School: the first-of-its-kind executive, university-accredited training in science diplomacy that will take place from July 9th to 23rd 2021 in an online format. This initiative is a joint effort between SciTech DiploHub and IBEI, the Barcelona Institute for International Studies.
The COVID-19 crisis has made bridging science and diplomacy more important than ever. Aimed at foreign affairs professionals, the Summer School will discuss the most relevant developments in the field of science and technology diplomacy, such as artificial intelligence, global health and climate change, with special emphasis on its implications in Europe, the Mediterranean and the role of global cities. Academic training will be complemented by professional development activities and visits, and is an excellent opportunity for all those foreign affairs professionals interested in the growingly important role that science and technology play in foreign policy and global governance.
Speakers confirmed for this edition include, among others, Maurizio Bona, Senior Advisor to the Director-General of CERN for relations with international organizations, parliaments and scientific policy; Frances Colon, science diplomat with more than 10 years of experience in the US Department of State; Shaun Riordan, Senior Visiting Fellow of the Clingendael Institute and former UK diplomat; Katharina Hone, technology diplomacy expert at the DiploFoundation in Geneva; and Zehra Sayers, former chair of the advisory committee of the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) and winner of the AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy 2019.
With the ultimate aim that this training contributes to bridging science and diplomacy, emphasizing the value and necessity to develop science diplomacy strategies to tackle global crises such as COVID-19, I would be grateful if you could share this information with whoever you think may be interested: