Science diplomacy is the use of scientific collaborations among nations to address common problems and to build constructive international partnerships.

Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to economic and scientific stagnation when divorced from  global progress. We believe there is a balance to be struck whereby advances can be shared to mutual benefit on all sides while respecting local contexts, and science diplomacy may serve as an effective vehicle for such cross-border connection.

Establishing trust between nations requires a level of openness that fosters mutual understandings at individual and population scales.

This is especially true in countries separated by social inequality, poverty, public health, education and innovation, where feelings of distrust felt by a less developed nation may cast perceptions of imperialistic intents upon the activities of more developed countries.  

We state here that, under conditions of suboptimal diplomatic ties between developed and developing countries, there is an opportunity for non-state actors to fill the void and foster trust.

To strengthen the connection between scientists and governmental officials, policymakers and diplomats, we developed the programme Science Diplomat.


Science Diplomat Programme

Our programme was established in 2020 to expose scientists, policymakers, diplomats and other interested stakeholders and institutions to science diplomacy concepts, explore key contemporary international policy issues relating to science, technology, environment and health, and build a skillset to allow for careers at the intersection of science and diplomacy. Over the past years, we have certified over two hundred emerging leaders from more than 10 countries to address science diplomacy from global and regional perspectives. 

DISCLAIMER: No candidate or applicant should pay any sum of money to any bank account or any form of inducement to any individual purporting/ claiming to be acting on behalf of the Institut de diplomatie publique.


European Science Diplomacy Online Course 

The Horizon 2020-funded S4D4C project has launched an online training course on European Science Diplomacy.

The course is free of charge and available to anyone with an interest in Science Diplomacy, including diplomats, funding managers, EU civil servants, representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS), policy officers, national civil servants in ministries and agencies, coordinators of Horizon 2020 projects, scientists at universities and enterprises, etc.

The course offers eight modules, six of which (2-7) include the learning content focused on European Science Diplomacy.

Training Material for Workshops on Science Diplomacy

Training Material

Funding & tender opportunities

The Institut registered in the Participant Register of European Commission

Funding & Tenders Portal (PIC number 888159258).

Horizon Europe

The UN organization has confirmed registration of the INSTITUT DE DIPLOMATIE PUBLIQUE/ INSTITUTO DE DIPLOMACIA PUBLICA and the details are now part of the database of potential vendors to the UN organizations. Reg. number 818325.

We are eligible to participate in tender processes with the UN organization

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Toolkit for Trainers

Are you setting up a training exercise on science diplomacy? This S4D4C toolkit for trainers helps with planning, designing, implementing and evaluating a successful training program on science diplomacy. It can be flexibly adapted to specific context and needs.

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