from May 17, 2024 to May 31, 2024
Published on May 17, 2024 Updated on May 17, 2024

EUTOPIA Organises the Regional Science Diplomacy Seminar

Overview of the Seminar

Science diplomacy has traditionally been positioned in the framework of national and supranational endeavours. Consequently, the discourse and investigation into science diplomacy at the subnational-regional level remain scant. This oversight is notable considering these actors also play a key role on the international stage, including through leveraging their scientific research and innovation capabilities to bolster their global profiles and contribute to solving global problems.

This science diplomacy seminar will be held in concert with the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN), the Unit on Non-Traditional Diplomacy (UNU-CRIS and BSoG), and EUTOPIA associate partner Region Västra Götaland. The event aims to facilitate a rich dialogue among regional representatives and academics to share and explore effective strategies for achieving their science diplomacy objectives. A focal point of discussion will be the intricate interplay between universities and their regional contexts, delving into how this partnership epitomises the 'triple helix' model of innovation, characterised by the collaborative interdependence of academia, industry, and government.

During this event, we will:

  • Explore how regions can utilise their scientific institutions, research centres, and innovation ecosystems to influence global scientific collaboration and diplomacy.
  • Examine the contributions of regions to global issues such as climate change, public health, and sustainable development through science diplomacy.
  • Investigate the ways in which science diplomacy can spur innovation, attract investment, and promote economic development at regional levels.
  • Delve into the models for successful collaboration between academic institutions and regional governments to enhance research capabilities and educational opportunities.
  • Identify the unique challenges faced by regions in engaging with science diplomacy, including resource constraints, political dynamics, and coordination with national policies.

EUTOPIA recognizes the important role that universities play in science diplomacy, which is why it has a work package dedicated to fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange in this field. The EUTOPIA Science Diplomacy Seminars are a cornerstone of this effort, serving as learning platforms to better understand the dynamics of this rapidly evolving and increasingly important field.

When: 16:30–18:00, May 30, 2024
Where: (Hybrid Mode), VRG Office, Nordic House and Teams

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