Science Diplomacy: The Role of Scientific Networks in Inter-regional Relations Thursday, 26 February 2015 (9:00-17:00)


Science Diplomacy: The Role of Scientific Networks in Inter-regional Relations

Thursday, 26 February 2015 (9:00-17:00)

Description

In today’s interconnected and globalised world, diplomacy does no longer belong exclusively to the realm of state actors. As trans-national policy networks proliferate both regionally and globally, there is a growing space for para-diplomatic activities led by non-state actors.

There is a long tradition of trans-national cooperation in scientific research. International scientific networks exist that tackle global challenges such as climate change, terrorism and pandemics. As such, research collaboration constitutes an important diplomatic tool. On the one hand, it can be seen as instruments for enhancing inter-cultural bounds and trust-building with the counterparts. On the other, they serve domestic political and economic objectives. Today, there is a growing interest in the relationship between science and diplomacy, but the key question remains science diplomacy can offer.

Within this context, this workshop aims to take stock of the role of science diplomacy as a foreign policy tool, the diversity of objectives it serves and the variety of forms in may take. It will also examine the actual and potential role of science networks in fostering inter-regional dialogue and cooperation. Special attention will go to the European Union as an actor that promotes science diplomacy activities. The workshop will link the topic of science diplomacy to the GR:EEN research results on regional leadership and trans-national policy networks.

Programme

09:00-09:30    Registration and Coffee

09:30-10:15    OPENING SESSION

Chair: Luk Van Langenhove, Director, United Nations University

Diane Stone, Professor, University of Warwick and Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs

                Transnational policy networks and science diplomacy

10:15-12:15    PANEL I

Chair: Jos Leijten, Senior Policy Advisor, Joint Institute for Innovation Policy

Luk Van Langenhove, Director, United Nations University

     Science diplomacy: Setting the scene

Ulrich Schreiterer, Senior researcher, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

     The Workings of Science Diplomacy: Rationales, Features, Limitations

A. HamidEl-Zoheiry, President, Euro-Mediterranean University

      Bridging intercultural differences through science diplomacy: the case of the Euro-Mediterranean

Pierre Deusy, Administrator, European External Action Service

      Bridging the gap between R&I and EU foreign policy objectives

12:15-13:45    Lunch

13:45-15:30    PANEL II

Chair: Angela Liberatore, European Commission

Nicholas Bayne, Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science

     Lessons from economic diplomacy for science diplomacy

Selin Naciye Şenocak, Chair holder, UNESCO Cultural Diplomacy, Governance and Education, Istanbul Aydin University

     Perspectives from cultural diplomacy

Koen Verlaeckt, Secretary General, Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs

     Science diplomacy in Flanders: lessons learned and thoughts for the future

Gerrard Quille, Research Administrator, European Parliament (tbc)

15:30-16:00 Coffee

16:00-17:00 WRAP-UP AND FINAL REMARKS

Rapporteur: Richard Higgott, Professor Emeritus, Warwick University

Tbc, European Commission

Luk Van Langenhove, Director, United Nations University

Jos Leijten, Senior Policy Advisor, Joint Institute for Innovation Policy