Spring School

ExPoSTID ExPost Italian Diplomacy.
Experts and Politicians in Science and Technology in Italy for a preventive multilateral diplomacy.

Spring School in techno-scientific diplomacy 2022

University of Padua - April 4/8, 2022
University of Roma Tre - April 26/29, 2022

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The Spring School in Techno-Scientific Diplomacy 2022, organized by the University of Padua and the University of Roma Tre, is a research workshop that aims at creating an experimental Master. Through an innovative and original approach, the Master will allow the participants to understand the nexus among science, diplomacy and decision-making processes, in a world with an expanding technological density that requires techno-scientific diplomatic initiatives in support of quick and adequate responses to growing challenges.
The Spring School intends to provide full relevance to the role of science and technology in the international context. Specifically, considering the European and the international perspectives, Italy has developed important techno-scientific skills that have stimulated experiences of cooperation and competition in a dynamic diplomatic framework. On the ground the previous evidence gathered from the ExPOST ID project and through international history, archival research and oral history, the Spring School will offer participants the opportunity to learn from the past experiences and use them to identify and address future challenges. Moreover, thanks to its interdisciplinary approach, the Spring School aims at creating a network of scholars, diplomats and scientists interested in understanding the international context.

The course will combine an interdisciplinary and hybrid approach. Students will acquire the following capabilities in relation to techno-scientific diplomacy:

  1. understanding the evolution of international relations from the Cold War to current scenarios;
  2. obtaining an in-depth overview of diplomacy in bilateral negotiation and multilateral arenas at the European and international level;
  3. developing oral (public speaking) and editorial (reporting and copywriting techniques) skills aimed at deepening negotiation techniques;
  4. strengthening hard skills, such as the knowledge, comprehension and awareness of the topics covered during the course, and soft skills, such as hands-on experience, crisis management, team building, problem solving, research capabilities, and role playing;
  5. enriching their curricular background through the development of knowledge and professional skills in the field of techno-scientific diplomacy, with the aim of facilitating their access to careers in the field of International Relations and diplomacy.

Teaching methodology of the Spring School

The Spring School will be structured in lectures, simulations of negotiations, research workshops on current and historical case studies, in-person and online interviews with practitioners and experts of techno-scientific diplomacy, and ad-hoc meetings in preparation of the School’s activities. Students will broaden their understanding of techno-scientific diplomacy and will strengthen their hard and soft skills by putting into practice the theoretical knowledge acquired during the workshops.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in an oral history project involving practitioners of techno-scientific and space diplomacy, thanks to an agreement between the University of Padua and the Historical Archives of the European Union (eui.eu) located at the European University Institute in Florence. The Archive will process the interviews and make them accessible to researchers.

The working language of the Spring School will be Italian and English. Participants who complete the program will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

Application criteria and requested material

  • The Spring School is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, PhDs and PhD students in techno-scientific fields, Humanities, and Political and Social Sciences.
  • No registration fee is required. The Spring School will not provide reimbursement for travel, lodging and meals, but will provide scholarshipsFor details about the amount, payment methods and delivery times, please contact Dr. Alessia Chiriatti alessia.chiriatti@unipd.it"
  • Applicants are requested to fill the application form, attaching the CV and a cover letter, by February 20, 2022. For further information, please contact the organizing committee.

Organizing committe

The Spring School is funded by the research project "ExPoSTID ExPost Italian Diplomacy. Experts and policy makers in Science and Technology in Italy for a preventive multilateral diplomacy" (Fondo Integrativo Speciale per la Ricerca (FISR)2020-COVID of the Ministry of University), coordinated as PI by David Burigana - Associate Professor of History of International Relations at the Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies (University of Padua), in cooperation with Marilena Gala, Associate Professor of History of International Relations at the Department of Political Science (University of Roma Tre) and Lucia Coppolaro - Associate Professor of History of International Relations at the Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies (University of Padua).

  Academic Year 2020-2021

I edition – 2019/2020
IPSE – International Politics & Security

Terrorism and Security Politics
May 27-30, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus Emergency, given the current exceptional situation, the Scientific Committee has decided that the Spring School will be free for all admitted participants, and decided to hold the Spring School as scheduled, through a telematic Platform. The program may be subject to changes, which will be communicated on this page.

DEADLINE: April 7, 2020

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IPSE – International Politics and Security Spring School originates in the MA Program in European and Global Studies, held by the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies of the University of Padua.
IPSE addresses the main changes in International Politics & Security, thanks to an historical and integrated approach: it relies on a network of 10 European Universities, involving worldwide well-known experts that study in-depth this phenomenon from a multidisciplinary perspective.

In the last decades, due to a pressing rise of terrorists attacks, the studies related to political violence have known a new wave of interest among academics, scholars, intellectuals in general. 
From history to political science, from sociology to economy and international relations, IPSE offers a unique opportunity to learn the most relevant scientific developments in this area of knowledge. IPSE is open to MA and PhD students, and early postdoctoral students who have a specific interest in these topics.

The first edition (May 27-30, 2020) is dedicated to the analysis of the terrorist threat and security politics. Main topics will be: the impact of terrorism over international and national systems; mobility and security; cybersecurity; radicalization. 
Given the seminar structure of the Spring School, IPSE wants to be a fertile moment of discussion among senior scholars and young researchers on the most updated research in the field.


Admissions reserved to up to 35 among MA, PhD students and early postdoctoral students with the following background: European Studies, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Law, Economics, History of International Relations, Contemporary History and open to other disciplines.
A good level of English is needed (B2).
Students coming from partner universities are selected and nominated by partner universities.
UNIPD and external students are selected by the University of Padua.
All students are asked to upload a CV and a motivation letter when applying (the on line application form is available below).


The Spring School, in English language, consists of 8 hours/day of organized activities (keynote speech, debates, seminars).
The Teaching Methodology consists of: seminars, traditional classes, workshops; final project (optional).


Given the current exceptional situation, the Scientific Committee has decided that the Spring School will be free for all participants.

SCIENTIFIC COORDINATOR: Prof. Valentine Lomellini (University of Padua)

For further information write to: ipsespringschool@gmail.com