Progetti di ricerca

InsSciDE - Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe

Ambito disciplinare Macroarea 3

Area scientifica Area 16 - Scienze politiche e sociali

Tipologia finanziamento PROGETTI HORIZON 2020 (Finanziamenti dell'Unione Europea)

Tipo di progetto Internazionale

Stato progetto Concluso (archiviato)

Ruolo nel progetto Partner

Responsabilità scientifica Coordinatore

Data avvio: 1 December 2017

Data termine: 30 November 2021

Durata: 48

Importo: € 2 499 861,25


CNRS - Sorbonne Université  

European Academy of Diplomacy 

 UNESCO Universidade  

NOVA de Lisboa  

KTH Royal Institute of Technology  

Universität Wien  

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs 

 University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest 

 Universitetet i Tromsø  

National Technical University of Athens  

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz  

Chalmers University of Technology  

The University of Manchester 

 Institut SYMLOG 


InsSciDE – Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe – aims to create new knowledge on past and present science diplomacy in Europe, engage stakeholders in drawing lessons learned, and deliver shared policy and training tools. 

Science diplomacy takes place when states call upon science and scientists to help advance foreign relations; when scientists and their institutions become involved in diplomacy to help advance science, technology, and innovation; or when these actors join forces to resolve conflict on a transnational scale. InsSciDE researchers invite practitioners to explore what could – or should – be the science diplomacy of the European Union and to formulate recommendations for the harmonious division of competencies between the member states and their Union. 

InsSciDE aims to reveal and foster Europe’s capital of science diplomacy experience. Themes of historical and critical study include Heritage, Health, Security, Environment, and Space. InsSciDE will also write the contemporary history of diplomats’ networks and of roles played by National Academies of Science or Technology. Scientists and diplomats will meet to better understand each other and forge a common culture. Interactive seminars and summer schools provide a dozen opportunities over the course of four years (2018-2021) to network, reflect, and participate in creating a shared science diplomacy for Europe. 

Domestic and transnational initiatives have long used science in global diplomatic engagements, in a diversity of ways and contexts. But this practice is fragmented, unrecognized, or lacking an overall model for leveraging and consolidation. InsSciDE will reveal, formalize and communicate this intangible capital, develop its conceptual bases and elaborate tools to help European science diplomacy emerge and blossom. From first questions to final tools and training, we lead this process from inside science diplomacy – hand in hand with its practitioners, potential practitioners, and other stakeholders. Those who deploy, direct and benefit from science diplomacy are co-inventors, end-users, and ambassadors for the project, accompanied by a research consortium associating academic excellence and tested competence in stakeholder engagement. An ambitious communication program presents InsSciDE to an international audience for feedback, widely disseminates the findings and intellectual products, and ensures their legacy. 


InsSciDE devises a process through which new knowledge on past and present science diplomacy in Europe fuels the elaboration of tools for practitioners, the EU and Member States.  

It’s objectives are to: 

  1. Reveal and connect multiple European experiences, showing how and why science and diplomacy have been combined and coordinated (or not) by Europe and by Member States when addressing global challenges. 

  1. Map this knowledge into theoretical and strategic frameworks. 

  1. Generate guidance for policy reflection and action choices at both EU and Member State levels: strategy, best practices for science diplomats, awareness and training activities for stakeholders. 

  1. Foster dialogue, competence-building, self-reflexivity, networks, and inter-professional linkages among practitioners and other stakeholders. 

  1. Disseminate the learning to a wide audience and sustain its continuing use. 

These high ambitions are made attainable by a project consortium of 14 respected research and training institutes from 11 countries spanning Europe, plus the international UNESCO; by explicit interest and support from European Academies of Science and from existing networks of diplomatic Attachés and Counselors for science, technology and innovation; and by the commitment of a high-level, diverse international Advisory Board including a Swiss, a US and a Russian member.