SFIC adopts Input Paper on Science Diplomacy
At its latest meeting on 2 March 2020, the Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation adopted an input paper on Science Diplomacy, entitled "Advancing the impact of Science Diplomacy at EU and Member States level through targeted support and improved coordination". First, the paper outlines reasons for dealing with Science Diplomacy. SFIC argues that EU Member States would have great capital of Science Diplomacy experience on which they could draw, but this practice would be fragmented, unrecognized, or lacking an overall model that could leverage know-how for Europe. In additon, the authors say that Science Diplomacy is often not fully exploited at all levels of governance, and especially at supranational levels.
Subsequently, the paper proposes several key activities to foster the uptake of Science Diplomacy practices and strategies, such as inclusion of Science Diplomacy in the new EU STI International Cooperation Strategy or the development of an overall Science Diplomacy Roadmap including EU Commission, the EEAS and the Member States. With a view to Horizon Europe, the paper suggests to consider more strategic and operational measures and activities e.g. to encourage missions and partnerships to develop strategies for their international cooperation and related SD activities.
The full paper can downloaded here: