EUTOPIA/AUF and Science Diplomacy


Background and Needs

This project considers French-speaking scientific diplomacy as a catalyst in the European alliance EUTOPIA. The project is co-funded by AUF (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie) Western Europe. EUTOPIA  was the winner of the call for projects on scientific diplomacy from the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie – Western Europe.


The EUTOPIA-francophone project wishes to develop a European and academic commitment to scientific diplomacy through French-speaking universities support.

EUTOPIA recognizes the critical role of universities as actors in science diplomacy. As centres of scientific research, the EUTOPIA universities provide valuable information and expertise to inform policy decisions and promote cross-border scientific collaboration that can lead to developing new ideas and approaches to addressing global challenges. Independent, these universities can approach scientific issues objectively and impartially, making them neutral intermediaries and valuable partners in pursuing evidence-based policy. With their consolidated international networks, the EUTOPIA universities serve as bridges between their local communities and the rest of the world, carrying best practices across distances and cultures.

Finally, as academic agents of public understanding of science, members of this alliance can help support scientific research and innovation through citizen engagement. Recognizing that its expertise, network and commitment to international cooperation make it a valuable partner in addressing global challenges and promoting scientific progress, EUTOPIA is the only European university alliance with a concrete commitment to diplomacy scientists in general and French-speaking in particular.

Today, EUTOPIA includes ten member universities and four global partner universities. All EUTOPIA universities that are members of the AUF are committed to the EUTOPIA-francophone project. Thus, by adding the French-speaking linguistic component as a force for action in the scientific diplomacy dialogue, they wish to offer an important lever in the global dialogue.


The project’s outputs will consist, throuigh three study cases, in defining the typology of Science Diplomacy and propose a roadmap for suggesting a asystematic mapping  in the alliance universities.

AUF allocated Budget: €7,500

Duration: 12 months
Starting:  February 2024
Ending: January 2025

Coordinating University: CY Cergy Paris University
AUF Western Europe Member Partner: Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona, Spain
AUF member partners outside Western Europe: 

  • Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
  • University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Non-AUF university partners: 

  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (coordinator of the scientific diplomacy component in EUTOPIA and strategic partner of the EUTOPIA-francophone project)
  • Ca’ Foscari University Venice, Italy
  • Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
  • University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal;
  • The University of Warwick, Great Britain.

Non-academic partners:

  • Embassy of Romania in Paris
  • Embassy of Spain in Paris
  • European Union Alliance for Science Diplomacy

Read the French concept note  of the project here.