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Using science for/in diplomacy for addressing global challenges

Objective

The challenges for EU foreign policy increase in complexity and urgency. Scientific knowledge and networks contribute to the solution of a number of these challenges. The prospects for these contributions are promising, not least in light of Europe’s scientific capacities and the efforts towards open science, which the European Union is leading. However, the opportunities science and science cooperation offer for European Union foreign policy are underexploited.

While the EU’s foreign policy landscape is now better set up to develop and exploit science diplomacy, the scientific and diplomatic communities often do not communicate with each other. Organising science diplomacy in a multi-level governance system is a challenge, as is dealing with interdependency. There is also no clear model for recruiting and employing science diplomats.

The goal of the S4D4C project is to support current and future EU science diplomacy for the benefit of the Union’s strategic capacities, foreign policy goals and the development of solutions for societal challenges.

In order to achieve this, S4D4C brings together scholars of foreign and science policy, advisors, science diplomacy professionals and diplomatic training institutions. We analyse cases of EU science diplomacy that relate to foreign policy goals, relevant EU-level instruments and important scientific developments. Employing a co-creation approach with stakeholders, we craft a governance framework for science diplomacy. It contains recommendations and models for science diplomacy interfaces, processes and knowledge resources. Furthermore, we develop training modules for current and future science diplomats.

At the end of S4D4C, the EU will have strengthened science diplomacy capacities, which will contribute to its foreign policy goals and commitments. The EU will also be more visibly positioned as a global thought leader in exploiting science and science diplomacy for the benefit of foreign policy and society.
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Coordinator

ZENTRUM FUR SOZIALE INNOVATION GMBH

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Linke Wienzeile 246
1150 Wien

Austria

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 474 718,75

Participants (10)

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DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR HOCHSCHUL- UND WISSENSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 313 402,50

UNIVERZITA KARLOVA

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 188 750

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 307 062,50

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 290 562,50

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO

France

EU Contribution

€ 194 468,75

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 233 828,75

FUNDACION ESPANOLA PARA LA CIENCIA Y LA TECNOLOGIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 266 093,75

UNIVERSITE DE LILLE II - DROIT ET SANTE

France

UNIVERSITE DE LILLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 139 812,50

DIPLOMATISCHE AKADEMIE WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 91 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 770342

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.6.2.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 511 450

  • EU contribution

    € 2 499 950

Coordinated by:

ZENTRUM FUR SOZIALE INNOVATION GMBH

Austria