WebDebate Science Diplomacy

WebDebate Science Diplomacy

Science Diplomacy: approaches and skills for diplomats and scientists to work together effectively The International Forum on Diplomatic Training will organise a WebDebate on Tuesday 7 March 2017, 12.00 UTC (13.00 CET). For more information about the debate and presenters, please click here. For direct registration, please click here. Science diplomacy has been described as ‘the use of scientific interactions among nations to address the common problems facing humanity and to build constructive, knowledge based international partnerships’ (Fedoroff, 2009). Some of the most formidable challenges we face today – climate change, food security, global pandemics – have scientific dimensions. Similarly, science plays a key role in furthering human development and knowledge; it needs to be recognised and supported in this role by those working in the diplomatic profession. In parallel, scientists should be open and willing to collaborate with the world of diplomacy, to reap the benefits that society can derive from this interaction.