Science and Technology Diplomacy Summer School

June 30th – July 5th 2024, Barcelona

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 the 6th consecutive edition of 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 in-person edition of the Summer School offers an immersive 30+ hours of face-to-face 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. Apply Today!

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Who will attend?

This executive, university accredited face-to-face 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

Academics

Lectures will cover relevant emerging issues such as Global Health, Cyberspace Diplomacy and Climate Change. Lectures are organized following 5 different modules:

  • Introduction to Science Diplomacy.
  • Science Diplomacy in the Mediterranean.
  • Science Diplomacy in Europe.
  • Technology Diplomacy.
  • Global Cities and Sustainable Development.
Professional development

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 communication.
  • Role-play simulation.
  • Careers in Science and Tech Diplomacy
  • Professional Networking activities.
On-the-field lectures

By visiting leading institutions and projects on Science and Technology Diplomacy, participants will complement academic activities with real world cases that will allow them to understand the specificities and complexities large scale international Science Diplomacy projects require.

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Former Lecturers

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MAURIZIO BONA
Senior Advisor, Relations with Parliaments and Science for Policy, CERN

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NASSER KAMEL
Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean

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MARGA GUAL
Founder of SciDipGLOBAL, 
Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum

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

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

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, Associate Professor Pompeu Fabra University, Adjunct Faculty IBEI

OLGA KRASNYAK

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

KIMBERLY MONTGOMERY

Director of International Affairs and Science Diplomacy at AAAS

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

SHAUN RIORDAN

Former British Diplomat, Director of the Chair for Diplomacy and Geopolitics at the European Institute for International Studies and President of BideDao International Consulting.

EMILIA SAIZ
Secretary General United Cities and Local Governments, UCLG

ARTHUR HOLLAND
Associate researcher for the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

MARIA IVANOVA
Director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston, former Senior Scientific Advisor for the UN Secretary General

CHARLES ROGER
Assistant Professor, IBEI

POL MORILLAS
Director, CIDOB

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

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

FLAVIA SCHLEGEL

Assistant Director General for UNESCO’s Natural Sciences sector

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

JOAN CLOS
Former Executive Director of UN-Habitat General Assembly and Distinguished Fellow at IBEI

NIENKE BUISMAN
Head of Unit for International Cooperation, Directorate- General Research & Innovation at the European Commission

MARCELLA OHIRA
Deputy Executive Director at Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)

SEBASTIAN DAMM WRAY
Chief Strategy Advisor to Denmark’s Tech Ambassador

MANUEL MUÑIZ
Secretary of State for Global Spain at Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

JASON BOWMAN
Senior Advisor for Policy, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State

JUAN PABLO SORIANO
Researcher in International Relations at UAB and Associate Professor at IBEI

LORENZO MELCHOR
Science for Policy Analyst – European Commission

MARIE VANDENDRIESSCHE
Senior researcher and research coordinator at the EsadeGeo Center for Global Economy
and Geopolitics, Adjunct Faculty at IBEI

 KRISHNASWAM VIJAY RAGHAVAN
Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India – advising the Government of India on all matters related to Science, Technology, and Innovation

 CAROLE MUNDELL
Chief International Science Envoy at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Government of the UK

JOANNA LEWIS
Associate Professor and Director of the Science, Technology and International Affairs program at Georgetown University

RAQUEL JORGE RICART
Fulbright Fellow (Emerging and Disruptive Technologies, Policy & Governance) at George Washington University.

PEDRO ALONSO
Director of the Global Malaria Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO)

 DIDIER GOSSENS
Head of Communications at Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)

EMMANUELLE GARDAN

Director at Coimbra Group of Universities

Alessandra Sensi
Union for Mediterranean Head of Sector Environment and Blue Economy

AYSE ASYA
Ambassador, Union for the Mediterranean Deputy Secretary-General in charge of Transport and Urban Development

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 June 30th to July 5th 2024 in one of world’s innovation hotspots: Barcelona. Hosted by IBEI, at Pompeu Fabra University Ciutadella Campus (UPF), the Summer School is located at the heart of Barcelona, only a 10 minute walk from the sea and the innovation district 22@.

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). Barcelona is among the top innovative hubs worldwide, the 3rd non-state capital in terms of consular representation and one of the leading cities in global municipalism – the perfect place for science and technology diplomacy.

APPLICATIONS 2024

Essential Information
  • The discount fee for all accepted participants of the school is 1,600 euros.
  • This is a not-for-profit project. The real economic cost of the course is 3,200 euros, and is generously subsidized thanks to our partner organizations.
  • Interested candidates can apply from March 10th, 2024.
  • Seats are limited and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • All accepted candidates will receive an official acceptance letter modeled to request additional funding to their employer or external organizations.
Application Process

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

  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Motivation letter.
  • Letter of recommendation (optional but considered a plus)

For questions and additional details, please contact summer.school@scitechdiplohub.org.

Further Information

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