Warsaw Science Diplomacy School 2020

InsSciDE & EAD Warsaw Science Diplomacy School, 22-26 June 2020, Warsaw, Poland. Become a part of the first edition of a unique science diplomacy training program, generating strategy to connect the past with the future, while fostering a diverse network of European science diplomats (contact@insscide.eu)

Warsaw Science Diplomacy School 2020

We are accepting applications and nominations 1-31 March 2020. All candidates (including nominees) for WSDS must submit the application. A nomination is encouraged but is NOT required and must be submitted by a representative of the nominating institution. Please scroll further down to read details about each of these processes or click below to submit an application or nomination now.

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InsSciDE – Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe – presents the first edition of an innovative training program for the present and future science diplomats of Europe. The Warsaw Science Diplomacy School, hosted by our partner the European Academy of Diplomacy, is a one-week intensive course with competitive enrolment. It will immerse trainees in historical case studies of science diplomacy and its practitioners, to develop policy and strategic outcomes.

Drawing on historical analyses of science diplomacy and its practitioners throughout Europe, we deliver training in the skills revealed by our case studies – and immediately employ them towards today’s global challenges.

The week will consist of a deliberate balance between interactive workshops by InsSciDE experts, supplementary lectures by distinguished speakers and enriching study visits in the remarkable city of Warsaw. A portion of sessions will be related to the broad theme of ‘Risk, Safety and Security within Science Diplomacy’ and general elements of the training include:

  • Future scenarios

  • Historical case studies

  • Science diplomacy strategy

  • Impactful policy planning

Introduction to Science Diplomacy and the InsSciDE Project

In true spirit of the project, trainees will join experts from diverse disciplines in transforming lessons learned from historical case studies of science diplomacy into strategies and skills applicable to the global challenges of today. Activities will focus on developing policies in a global context, creating strategies for directing and facilitating interdisciplinary action, and will undertake critical questions related to the theme of ‘Risk, Safety and Security within Science Diplomacy’. Below is a preliminary outline of the week’s program.

The week will begin with an opening ceremony on Monday afternoon (22 June) and will conclude with a graduation ceremony on Friday afternoon (26 June).

The InsSciDE case studies described below will be examined in small break-out groups during the training. The red title indicates the work package in which the case is being studied, click on the link to learn about each work package’s research approach and objectives. The WSDS application asks candidates to indicate their preferred case study for focus and close analysis. Please click on the case study titles to read the more detailed descriptions in their ‘pitches’ and determine which aligns most closely with your interests before completing the application.

Case study – Science Diplomats

Barbosa du Bocage: Scientists in diplomacy during the Scramble for Africa  

With focus on the Portuguese zoologist Barbosa du Bocage, Daniel Gamito-Marques illuminates the diplomatic roles played by scientists during the period of European colonization known as the Scramble for Africa. Daniel will demonstrate the strategies employed and networks fostered by scientists in these diplomatic negotiations, which have sustained impact into modern-day African geopolitics, while trainees will navigate their application as contemporary frameworks.


Case study – Health

  Natural resources as public goods for global health: Biodiversity negotiations

Muriel LeRoux, Research Fellow at the CNRS and case study author in InsSciDE’s work package on Health (see link below), explores the notion of collective ownership in biodiversity and dissects past attempts to frame biodiversity as a global public good. Her case study investigates the scientific and diplomatic interplay involved in a French institution acquiring a Malagasy natural substance used in an anti-cancer drug, and asks whether these interactions contributed to the French and European cooperation in the development of the Malagasy environmental protection program.


Case study – Environment

 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: A co-production of science and diplomacy

Through examination of one of the most important pieces of international law in the 20th century – the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) – Sam Robinson, research fellow at the University of Manchester and case study author in InsSciDE’s work package on Environment, will guide understanding of how forged synergies between scientists and diplomats have shaped environmental monitoring practices. With a third of the law’s articles relating to marine pollution, science and technology, Prof Robinson’s research explores how the scientific aspects were negotiated by, with, and for scientists for the global benefit of humankind.


Do you know the perfect candidate for the VSDS? Do you represent an institution curious of science diplomacy or already eager to get involved?
Nominate an excellent candidate to represent your field or institution!

The VSDS welcomes nominations from institutions across domains – including natural and social sciences, engineering, diplomacy, government and business. Nominating a candidate allows diverse institutions to establish or amplify their voice in the flourishing conversation of Europe’s position in the practice. We invite nominating institutions to establish a dialogue with us regarding their science diplomacy experience and needs for consideration in the VSDS’s curriculum development and future InsSciDE events.
How to nominate a candidate : Contact us directly stating who you would like to nominate for the training, why they would be a valuable addition to the cohort and briefly share any science diplomacy background or aspirations of the institution you represent. Accepted until 20 June 2020.


Nominate a Candidate


If you are a candidate who would like to support their application with a nomination, we recommend contacting various institutions with which you are affiliated that are involved with or may benefit becoming involved in the science diplomacy ecosphere. These may include: your working institution, ministry of foreign affairs, academic alumni association or other representative agency.





Limited spaces available, early applicants are prioritized

Deadline 20 June 2020


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Requested material includes an analytical essay, statement of motivation, and Curriculum Vitae. You may begin filling out your application and return to continue and submit it at a later time. For questions requiring longer responses, we suggest writing the answer in a separate document and pasting in the text when complete. Please pay attention to the character limits.

Important notes:

  • We will not able to provide university credit for this edition of our summer school

  • Candidates who are nominated must also apply through the general application

  • A nomination is not a requirement, but is encouraged

  • Costs for the training program are covered directly by InsSciDE from its Horizon 2020 European grant

The training program is suitable for professionals or PhD students with a dedicated interest in developing their science diplomacy skills and knowledge, and an enthusiasm for contributing to the emerging network of European science diplomats. We aim to foster a diverse and interdisciplinary cohort of trainees and we welcome applicants of various professional and academic backgrounds, with varying degrees of science diplomacy knowledge and from across the world.

Interested candidates should note that the week-long course will require a preparatory study of certain project material, and active participation in analytical exercises and interactive workshops during our virtual live sessions.