Science diplomacy eludes an agreed definition but is generally understood to include three strands (see Royal Society/AAAS 2010):
Diplomacy for science – the use of diplomatic action to facilitate international scientific collaboration, e.g. by negotiating R&D agreements and exchange programmes or enabling the establishment of international research infrastructures;
Science for diplomacy – the use of science as a soft power to advance diplomatic objectives, e.g. for building bridges between nations and creating good will on which diplomatic relations can be built;
Science in diplomacy – the direct support of diplomatic processes through science, e.g. by providing scientific advice and evidence to inform and support decision-making in foreign and security policies.
The Science Diplomacy Division brings together a broad network of science diplomats contributing to the achievement of justice for all. It ensures that science diplomats are recognized and heard in promoting science all over the Globe as a basic human right, accessible to all, improving and supporting transparency in science through public diplomacy tools and in designing, implementing and measuring results of relevant policies everywhere. Under the umbrella of the Division, cooperation among its members will be strengthened, reinforcing the expertise and vision of each of the members to add value and support the work of relevant international organizations. The Division encourages its members in playing a key role towards the achievement of the SDGs. Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved without cooperation, coordination, and collaboration across sectors and among diverse, non-state actors in the areas of science who are increasingly influencing international policy and the proliferation of global initiatives. Join an ever-increasing global membership that helps strengthen public diplomacy for the benefit of society, building the capacity to bring together and integrate scientific excellence and expertise from all fields of science worldwide.
Institut de diplomatie publique acts as a space to
in science diplomacy providing its resources for thought and analysis to serve stakeholders who develop, implement, or teach all aspects of science and diplomacy.
As a multi-stakeholder partnership (SDG 17), members of the Institut de diplomatie publique have been closely involved in a broad range of multilateral processes related to science diplomacy and sustainable development, and in the ways to maintain good governance of those processes with inclusive opportunities for stakeholder participation.
Our experience, coupled with knowledge, insights, and extensive networks enable us to offer helpful advice, including capacity building and connectivity to a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society, as they seek to find their own best pathways to effective engagement with international action on sustainable development.
Why and how you should get involved
Public diplomacy practitioners depend on journalists and experts to provide the public with the latest findings in science and with context for how that science affects people’s lives.
We can help you build connections with journalists who cover your area of expertise to expand the reach of your research and insights.
Sharing your scientific expertise with practitioners and reporters is a form of public service, helping to ground news stories in evidence and making them more informative and salient.
How Scientists Participate as Experts on Camera
As we scan our database for scientists with news-relevant expertise, we may reach out to gauge your interest in setting aside a window of time for interviews.
Once you confirm, we invite reporters to sign up for one-on-one interview slots within your window of availability.
How Scientists Contribute Quotes for Reporters
We reach out to scientists in our network for answers to science-related questions frequently asked by reporters.
Experts share their insights and knowledge in written responses to the Institute that are brief, clear, and quotable.
We compile responses from multiple experts, along with any disclosed conflicts of interest, and publish them on our website.
Reporters can use these expert-attributed comments in news stories.
How Scientists Contribute to Quick Facts
We research and write Quick Facts, then turn to our database of experts to identify scientists with relevant expertise who might serve as reviewers.
Selected scientists offer comments and edits to ensure accuracy, completeness, clarity, and inclusion of relevant and up-to-date details.
The Institute periodically invites experts to review existing Quick Facts and recommend updates based on new research or evolving scientific consensus.