InsSciDE Open Conference in Erlangen

InsSciDE Open Conference Erlangen 24-26 November 2021






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InsSciDE Open Conference Erlangen 

24-26 November 2021

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InsSciDE – Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe – brings intercultural encounters and academic training in science diplomacy into the spotlight during its second Open Conference in Erlangen, Germany. 

A highly interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities and social sciences will interact with science diplomacy practitioners and stakeholders during three days of workshops, networking and panel discussions. Our online audience can enjoy two of the panels remotely and a fully-virtual poster session on the final day of the conference. Scroll down to view the program overview and call for contributions – now open!

An interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities and social sciences will interact with science diplomacy practitioners, students and stakeholders to analyze science diplomacy as an intercultural encounter, and explore how this understanding could enrich academic and practical training.

Profound differences in worldview and life practice may be found among the actors addressing contemporary global challenges, such as when indigenous peoples are enrolled in climate change negotiations bringing alternative views on science. Technical multi-lingualism is a key competence in negotiating multilateral solutions to global crises. National, regional or ethnic cultures but also a diversity of technoscientific, diplomatic, engineering, business and other compound cultures come together in science diplomacy.

To create a rich description and deep analysis, science diplomacy studies must acknowledge the multiple dynamics of the intercultural encounter, the tacit or overt tensions, effects and compromises. Science diplomacy training too should acknowledge this encounter, and the educational endeavor may be framed as an intercultural exercise.

All times in CET.
Draft version – subject to changes.

Wednesday 24 November Heinrich-Lades-Halle

  • 18.00-19.45

    OPENING and PANEL Technosciences, Education and Diplomacy: Intercultural Challenges

    [Recording available online next day]

  • 20.00-22.00

    NETWORKING Reception with drinks, finger foods and live jazz music

Thursday 25 November NH Hotel Erlangen

  • 9.15-10.30

    BREAKOUT SESSIONS Focus on Intercultural InsSciDE Cases [In-person only]

  • 11.00-12.30

    PANEL What’s Next For Research On Science Diplomacy? [Live-streamed]

  • LUNCH Complimentary Lunch Buffet

  • 14.00 – 15.30

    PANEL Interdisciplinary Communication: How Do We Talk Across Lines and Roles? [Live-streamed]

  • 16.00 -18.00

    PANEL Environmental Monitoring and Indigenous Community Mapping In Panama: Other Sciences, Other Diplomacies [Live-streamed]

Friday 26 November NH Hotel Erlangen

  • 9.00-10.45

    SYMPOSIUM Experience of Teaching/Learning Science Diplomacy [Live-streamed]

  • 11.15-12.15

    WORKSHOP Interculturality Hands-on Workshop [Bonus, in-person only]

  • LUNCH Complimentary Lunch Buffet

  • 13.30-14.30

    FLASH PRESENTATIONS: Community Perspectives on Interculturality [Online only]

Face-to-face event in Erlangen, Germany (in-person space is limited), with select sessions streamed online.

Online and in-person attendees must register to join. Click here or fill in the form at the bottom of this page.

  • In-person attendees are requested to read and submit additional attendance information here, including important notes on health restrictions – “2G rule” – and break-out group preference.

  • There is no conference fee; in-person attendees cover their own costs for travel and stay.

Would you like to exhibit a poster or short presentation? Read the full conference concept note and develop a brief proposal for a contribution (about 100 words) around the interculturality theme. 

Submit your contribution at the bottom of the registration form. One of the event organizers will be in touch through email to discuss the proposal further.

View the full concept note here.



This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 770523.