THE DIPLOMATIC CIRCLE
The Barcelona SciTech Diplomatic Circle is a platform developed with the Barcelona city council that engages in periodic visits and encounters the 100+ diplomatic missions and international organizations serving Barcelona and leaders representing academia, government and private sector which shape the innovation ecosystem of Barcelona. Heads of missions, counselors, attachés and officers dealing with science, technology and innovation from consulates, embassies and international organizations have the chance to find out new bonds with Barcelona’s science and tech scene, exchange best practices and connect back to their countries.
The opportunities for networking and exchange of information include visits to the city’s top research institutions and scientific facilities, universities, research-intensive companies, science and technology policy briefings, and other thematic events. The Diplomatic Circle is partially inspired by the great success of analogous initiatives in other global cities such as the Science and Technology Diplomatic Circle (STDC) in Boston, Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo, and the Science Diplomats Club (SDC) in Washington.
The Diplomatic Circle visits and encounters aim at bringing the diplomatic and scientific communities together and provide and informal meeting place and networking channel for science diplomats. It is a useful and dynamic two-way information and communications forum, benefiting the members and those science, technology and higher education stakeholders in Barcelona wishing to stay in touch with the international community.
FIRST EDITION: BARCELONA SUPER COMPUTING CENTER
DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN BARCELONA
Barcelona hosts near a hundred foreign consulates, being the world’s 4th non-state capital city in terms of consular representation, hosts the headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean that gathers 43 countries from Europe and the Mediterranean basin, and it is home of regional offices of relevant international organizations such as WHO Office for Health Systems Strengthening (WHO/Europe), UN-HABITAT City Resilience Profiling Programme (UN-HABITAT/CRPP), United Nations University Institute on Globalisation, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM), Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), Global Water Operator’s Partnerships Alliance (UN-HABITAT/GWOPA), European Forest Institute (EFI), networks of cities and regions such as United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Metropolis and Medcities, as well as home of numerous global NGOs and institutes working in international affairs.