Science and Technology Diplomacy Summer School

SciTech DiploHub, the Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Hub and  IBEI, the leading academic and research institution on global affairs from Barcelona, have partnered to offer a first-of-its-kind, university accredited training in Science and Technology Diplomacy in a will to train the next cohort of leaders of a field that is increasingly essential to tackle humanity’s global challenges.

Aimed at mid-career scientists and technology experts, as well as diplomats and international relations practitioners, this online edition of the Summer School offers an immersive 30+ hours of live sessions that covers the most pressing issues on Science and Technology Diplomacy ranging from sustainable development to technology diplomacy, with a special focus on Europe, the Mediterranean and the role of global cities.

HOW TO APPLY
Limited Seats
Apply Before June 14th
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Who will attend?

This executive, university accredited online training is aimed at leading professionals aspiring to make an impact on today’s transnational challenges through furthering cross-border understanding and science and technology cooperation. Participants should have a graduate degree in a relevant field (i.e. any branch of science, technology, engineering, international affairs, public policy and political science) and ideally at least 3-5 years of related work experience in research, international relations or project management. Participants must demonstrate an interest in global issues, as well as a will to transcend professional silos and engage in interdisciplinary work. Demonstrated leadership capabilities as well as social commitment will be appreciated.

Program Structure

World-class speakers

The course faculty includes world-class scholars and practitioners from globally relevant institutions such as CERN, United Nations University, European Commission, Union for the Mediterranean, AAAS, high-level representative from governments across the globe, among many others.

Interactive Digital Platform

Our custom-made digital platform provides an interactive experience for the live sessions and networking to take place, and an all-in-one space for off-line curated materials to follow at your own pace.

Small group teaching to maximize engagement

The Summer School has limited seats, based on a focused format and relatively small groups, maximizing the interactions between participants and lecturers. Additionally, this style allows for engagement opportunities shaped by the specific composition and interests of the cohort.

Live Sessions

Lectures are organized following 10 different substantive modules: Introduction to Science and Technology Diplomacy; Science and Technology Diplomacy in the Mediterranean; European Science Diplomacy; National Approaches in Science Diplomacy; City-led Science Diplomacy; Role-play in Science Diplomacy;  Technology Diplomacy; Global Health Diplomacy; Climate Change Diplomacy and Careers in Science Diplomacy. Each module has about 2.5-3h of live sessions a day during two weeks (starting at 17.00 GMT+1). This means more than 30 hours of live sessions. 

Off-line sessions

Each module is complemented by about 1 to 1.5 hours of off-line work through the interactive digital platform. Off-line work includes listening to pre-recorded short lectures and interviews covering relevant material from the topic at stake, readings, quizzes, forums and more.

Professional Development & Career Mentoring

Drawing from the understanding that current global challenges need a multidisciplinary, cross-cultural approach, participants will be able to gain hands-on knowledge with practical sessions on science diplomacy skills such as international negotiations role-play simulation and networking activities. Two modules are specifically designed to achieve such an outcome: a role-play simulation in Science Diplomacy, and a module on Careers in Science Diplomacy. The course also offers small group mentorship sessions with speakers.

Networking

Embedded in our two-week-long program are activities designed to make sure participants get the chance to know each other and have deep and extensive dialogues with peers and experts, making the most of our interactive digital platform.

Lecturers

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MAURIZIO BONA
Senior Advisor to the Director General of CERN for relations with international organizations, parliaments and scientific policy

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NASSER KAMEL
Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean

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MARGA GUAL
Founder of SciDipGLOBAL

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MONA NEMER
Chief Science Advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and Cabinet

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STÉPHANIE BALME
Dean of Sciences Po Ungraduate College, Research Professor at PSIA and CERI

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KATHARINA HÖNE
Research Associate in AI in and for diplomacy at DiploFoundation

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JOSEP MARIA MARTORELL
Associate Director at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS)

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OCTAVI QUINTANA
Director of the PRIMA Foundation – Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area. Former Director of the European Research Area.

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ALEXIS ROIG
CEO, SciTech DiploHub

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OLGA KRASNYAK

Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations of National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

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KIMBERLY MONTGOMERY

Director of International Affairs and Science Diplomacy at AAAS

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ZEHRA SAYERS
Former Chair of the Advisory Committee of SESAME and former President of the Sabancı University.
AAAS Science Diplomacy Award 2019

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SHAUN RIORDAN

Former British Diplomat, Director Of The Chair For Diplomacy And Cyberspace At The European Institute Of International Studies And Senior Visiting Fellow Of The Clingendael Institute

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EMILIA SAIZ
Secretary General United Cities and Local Governments, UCLG

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ARTHUR HOLLAND
International Projects Head of Unit, FECYT

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MARIA IVANOVA
International relations and environmental policy scholar. Associate Professor of Global Governance and Graduate Program Director

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CHARLES ROGER
Assistant Professor, IBEI

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POL MORILLAS
Director, CIDOB

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DARIA ROBINSON
Executive Director Diplomacy Forum at Geneva Science & Diplomacy Anticipator,GESDA

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FRANCES COLON
Former Deputy Advisor for Science and Technology to the US Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Senior director for international climate affairs at the Center for American Progress

 

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FLAVIA SCHLEGEL

 Special Envoy for Science in Global Policy of the International Science council (ISC)

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ILONA KICKBUSCH
Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

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ROBERT KISSACK
Associate Professor and Head of Studies, IBEI

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HOW TO APPLY

Essential Information
  • The discount fee for all participants of the school is 1,300 euros.
  • This is a not-for-profit project. The real economic value of the course is set at 2,600 euros, and is generously subsidized thanks to our partner organizations.
  • Interested candidates should apply before June 14th 2021.
  • Seats are limited and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • All accepted candidates will receive an official acceptance letter modeled to request funding to their employer or external organizations.

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To proceed with your application, please, send to Carles Sanchez (csanchez@ibei.org), IBEI research coordinator, the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Motivation letter.

Further Information

Learn more about evaluation, cancel and refund policy details here.

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Barcelona: a hotspot for science and global affairs

This comprehensive and first-of-its-kind training course in Science & Technology Diplomacy will take place from July 9th to 23rd in an online format. A custom-made platform with readings, quizzes and networking opportunities will be combined with live zoom sessions, mentoring sessions and role-plays.

In non-pandemic years, the Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Summer School takes place in Barcelona. With world-class research institutions, Barcelona hosts facilities such as the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the ALBA Synchrotron or the National Genome Analysis Center, the headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean, the UN-HABITAT City Resilience Profiling Programme (UN-HABITAT/CRPP) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). In 2018, Barcelona became the first city in the world with a Science and Technology Diplomacy strategy, paving the way for city-led science diplomacy. Therefore,Barcelona is among the top innovative hubs worldwide, the 3rd non-state capital in terms of consular representation, one of the leading cities in global municipalism and the first city worldwide with a science and technology diplomacy strategy, making it the perfect place for science and technology diplomacy training.

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