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Seminar on Science Diplomacy

                Seminar on Science Diplomacy
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
In collaboration with InsSciDE

Prof. Maria Rentetzi, Chair of Science, Technology and Gender Studies,
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Email:
Prof. Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, The Arctic University of Norway, Email:
Prof. Alexandros-Andreas Kyrtsis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Email:

TITLE: What is Science Diplomacy?

In the time of a pandemic who does get which vaccine, when, and from whom? In case of extreme weather events who does get access to clean water, food, or energy – and how? How do international organizations regulate nuclear energy? In short, how are geopolitics and international affairs intertwined and how do they depend on science and technology?

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg’s block seminar What is Science Diplomacy? tackles the diverse notion of science and technology diplomacy. It is intended as an intense dialogue among senior scholars and advanced master and PhD students from different disciplines on how science and technology shape and are shaped by international affairs. As very few academic institutions thus far offer a course solely dedicated to the theory and practice of science diplomacy, FAU breaks ground and brings a fast-growing field of practice to the university classroom.

We will discuss some of the most recent literature on the topic and involve in our discussions experts with practical experience in the field. Invited speakers among others: Dr. Maurizio Bona, senior advisor for relations with parliaments and scientific policy at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN); Marko Naoki Lins, German Federal Foreign Office; Prof. Claudio Feijoo, Technical University of Madrid (UPM).

The course will be offered on-line as a block seminar by the chair of Science, Technology and Gender Studies. Students are expected to read very closely the assignments, participate in the discussions, and produce a research paper or multimedia project at the end of the seminar (ECTS: 10).

Please note: the seminar is open to last-year bachelor students as well as master and PhD students from all disciplines. The chair offers an individual certificate to those who complete the course and hand in the required assignments.

Extra activity: Students will have the chance to participate in the InsSciDE Open Conference on Science Diplomacy as an Intercultural Encounter. For those who will be able to attend in person (limited travel funding) extracurricular activities during the conference include two hands-on seminars on interculturality and science diplomacy in practice on November 26, designed especially for the course’s participants.

19.10.21       12:00-14:00 EST
22.10.21       09:00-14:00 EST
23.10.21       09:00-13:00 EST
26.10.21       12:00-14:00 EST
12.11.21       09:00-14:00 EST
13.11.21       09:00-13:00 EST
23.-26.11.21 InsSciDE Open Conference on Science Diplomacy as an
Intercultural Encounter
10.12.2021  09:00-14:00 EST

LINKS TO PUBLISHED MATERIALS: will be provided to those who register

please send a short bio (≤ 100 words) and statement of motivation (≤ 250 words) to:

Dr. Björn Bosserhoff
Chair of Science, Technology and Gender Studies
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

DEADLINE: October 18, 2021, 6:00 pm EST
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