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Free European Science Diplomacy Online Course

This S4D4C European Science Diplomacy Online Course is completely free of charge for you. The launching of the platform has been funded within the EU project S4D4C by the European Commission.


The online course offers you eight modules, in which six modules (2-7) include learning content:

  • Module 1: How to Get Started? This module aims to advise you how to use the S4D4C online platform. It does not contain learning material.

  • Module 2: What Is Science Diplomacy? This module sets the context of the state of the art in science diplomacy, conceptual approaches, type of professionals involved, etc.

  • Module 3: Who Are the Science Diplomacy Stakeholders? It briefly describes different stakeholders and networks in science diplomacy.

  • Module 4: How Does the European Union Practice Science Diplomacy? To focus on the current state of science diplomacy within the European Union (EU), understanding the political structure of the EU, the EU science and innovation system and lastly the science diplomacy ecosystem.

  • Module 5: What National, Regional, and Thematic Approaches of Science Diplomacy Exist? This module gives you an overview of different science diplomacy strategies across countries, regions, or topics of interest around the world.

  • Module 6: What Set of Skills Do I Need to Be a Good Science Diplomat? This module helps you reflect on your skills and which ones you need to promote, improve, or train to be a science diplomat.

  • Module 7: Hands on! Case Studies. This module gives you practical insights into science diplomacy cases and summarises the main findings of the empirical analysis undertaken by S4D4C.

  • Module 8: How Can You Dive Deeper into the Topic? This module contains a list with additional references to deepen your knowledge in the field of science diplomacy. This content is voluntary.

About the S4D4C project

European societies face a number of increasingly urgent and complex challenges. These challenges are becoming more interdependent and global in nature. The EU plays a leading role in addressing these global challenges.

Global challenges require coordinated international efforts, which makes them central to foreign policy. In addition to diplomatic skills needed to balance interests and capacities of actors, there is also a need for greater expertise and, more concretely, scientific knowledge. Diplomats cannot be expected to have or to easily obtain this knowledge, even less so in today’s dynamic research and innovation systems. For the most part, they have to rely on scientific advice. However, communication between the scientific and diplomatic communities is not straightforward. The models, processes and resources for this sort of scientific advice are also not yet systematically available.

There is potential for better harnessing European science and science cooperation for European science diplomacy and foreign policy goals, both at EU and MS level. Not only can new approaches for scientific advice in EU foreign policy benefit from advances in research (e.g. new climate models), but novel ways of carrying out research can also offer opportunities for foreign policy impact. Science diplomacy can make use of these opportunities, including aspects of open science, internationalisation, and Responsible Research and Innovation. In the current political and societal landscape, the needs, interests and opportunities pertaining to science diplomacy have increased. The S4D4C project aims to ensure that the needs are understood and that the opportunities are effectively communicated into EU policies to address future challenges.





Course lecturer:

Dr. O. Weretelnik (Germany),

Doctor/Ph.D. member of the Institut de diplomatie publique,


This 5-days mini-course provides an introduction to Inclusive Practices and Policies in Public Diplomacy, Inclusive Policy Markers and Inclusive Practice Audit Tool.

Course description

Day 1 – Course introduction Day 2 – Inclusive Practices and Policies in Public Diplomacy Day 2 – Inclusive Policy Markers Day 4 –- Inclusive Practice Audit Tool Day 5 – Free Certification Test


The course is based on a collaborative learning approach, involving a high level of interaction over a period of 5 days.

Most importantly, this mini-course brings in a multidisciplinary science approach to facilitate better understanding the nature of different conflicts and working out of these problems through inclusive policy.


NGOs, journalists, staff from international organizations.

Apply for the course

Fill out the short form to start your application process for this course ( )

You will receive an instruction email on how to continue.

For further information, take a look at our FAQs or get in contact with us ( )

Diploma (certificate)

Participants who successfully complete this course receive a certificate issued by INSTITUT DE DIPLOMATIE PUBLIQUE which can be printed or shared electronically via a permanent link.


Spanish, English subtitles.

Cancellation Policy

Institut de diplomatie publique reserves the right to cancel this course.

In case of cancellation, Institut will notify applicants shortly after the application deadline.


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