GTW9 Scientific Diplomacy,Policy & SDGs

Tuesday, January 15 2019


Doable goals

Successful international institutions (CERN)
Successful projects that need support (COWSHED, Humanitarian Encylopedia) Successful national institutions or projects (Cervantes, Confucius, Goethe etc.)

Bottom-up, inclusive research processes, cross-level communication

Support the youth! The girls!


Tell about the workshop in our own context. Make more people know about the SDGs.

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Do "neutral" (international, scientific) institutions fail more than "cultural" institutions?

Doable goals

Successful national institutions examples, e.g. COWSHED (bottom-up approach) Feeback system? Make sucessful initiatives visibles

Impact evaluation and learning as a precursor to scaling Focus on the YOUTH

STEM education
Successful international institutions examples: CERN, Humanitarian Encylopedia, Geneva Water

Hub, Future Earth, I2I.org, WWF
Successful bilateral institutions examples: Overseas Development Institutes (bilateral)

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How does our topic provide an opportunity for scaling education for the SDGs?

Science as a bridge, like a common language

Omnipresence of science in our everyday life

Science to solve problems of the global economy

Science can address all SDGs goals, it can touch everything

Working together for common noble goals

Promote knowledge, understanding, and partnership

Global initiative beyond the limitations of nation states

A more inclusive approach to the dissemination of science

Diplomacy is about openess, diversity, getting people from different backgrounds together to develop new ideas

Exchange between people, institutions and fields. Not only science but also culture and language. Dialogues, exchanges between scientific institutions
International diplomacy as a tool to navigate shared spaces and shared resources (e.g. a river)

Science as fact-based, rational knowledge

Data-based, fact-based decision making Promote rational approach

For example, regarding Climate Change issues

Science as a tool

Scientific literacy among decision makers

About the positive impacts of science on society & sustainability

Promote knowledge for new solutions

Introducing science to people who aren't used to it. Show how it is benificial, how to use it in policies at the national level. Science as a way to inform policy. For instance, how to measure, how to track.

Science & the local

Audience for diplomacy? Context?
At the international level, scientific-based, no bias
At the national level, solution-oriented scientific knowledge

Diplomacy exchanges in informal places, within research processes in local communities

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International initiatives

International Panel for Climate ChangeExample of how difficult it is to agree and act

big success, established model of peaceful collaborationSister of CERN (in Middle East)

Cervantes institutes

Same as Confucius institutes, provide opportunities for people from different backgrounds to share and better understand each other

Humanitarian Encylopedia
Governmental support for local implementation (policy transfer, trainings)


Scientific institutes (instituts pasteur, far-east schools, ...), very little effect on diplomacyGeneva Water Hub
Doable goals

Bring together local communities, innovators from all over the world
To tackle issues such as employment for the youth, access to new technology, access to land Send people to their own communities, give them tools and land, and a task

COWSHED project (mobile technology for people in remote areas)Zepplin project

Drones to deliver blood and medical supplies

Tuesday, January 15 2019