The next Brussels: FutureTalks organised by the DLR Projektträger together with the Mission of Switzerland to the EU on "Science Diplomacy: From Data to Policy Implementation" takes place on Thursday, 26 January 2023 from 17:00- 19:00, followed by a networking reception at the Mission of Switzerland to the EU.
In May 2021, the European Commission adopted Europe’s strategy for international cooperation in a changing world, the Global Approach to research and innovation (R&l). To achieve its goals and foster cooperation on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a stronger focus on science diplomacy is crucial. In order to overcome global challenges, for example in health, nature protection, nutrition security, and so on, science diplomacy is indispensable. Science diplomacy helps improving the interaction between international policy, research, and innovation; it accelerates the European twin transition. The ongoing work on the European Science Diplomacy Agenda by the Commission, Member States and stakeholders like the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance puts the topic high on the EU agenda.
A sub-category of science diplomacy is "Science in Diplomacy", which describes the use of scientific methods in diplomacy as new tools: Today’s diplomacy entails a broad scope of practices. The emergence of new communication channels and data sources for states and international stakeholders has led to a transformation of diplomatic skills and tools. Global actors are increasingly using the capacity of computing power to offer analytical and communicational tools to serve their policy agendas. Computational diplomacy is thus an emerging academic field and computational methods and open access to relevant data may be applied to diplomacy and negotiation in the short-to-mid-term future.
However, well-informed diplomatic action needs good preparation. How can new tools be discovered, recognized and made usable for diplomats? How can strategic foresight be used to foster science diplomacy? Which role does capacity-building play?
This event will gather scientists, diplomats, policy-makers and stakeholders for a discussion on how to empower science diplomacy actors. Which tools are needed to strengthen the science diplomacy interface in the future? How should they be adapted to policy needs?
Registration for the event is required. The event is held in person only.