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Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Summer School

12-16 July, 2021

SciTech DiploHub, the Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Hub and IBEI, a leading academic and research institution on global affairs from Barcelona, have partnered to offer a first-of-its-kind training on Science and Technology Diplomacy in a will to train the next cohort of leaders of a field that is increasingly essential to tackle humanity’s global challenges.

Aimed at mid-career scientists and technology experts, as well as diplomats and international relations practitioners, the Summer School offers an immersive 40+ hours course that covers the most pressing issues on Science and Technology Diplomacy ranging from sustainable development to technology diplomacy, with a special focus on Europe, the Mediterranean and the role of global cities.

What is Science and Technology Diplomacy?

Most challenges faced by countries are global and multidisciplinary in scope, ranging from climate change to global health, water and energy security, mass migrations, transnational crime and the impact of artificial intelligence in democracy and human rights. Effective multi-stakeholder partnerships between the science and technology community and public and foreign policy practitioners, as well as the private sector and civil society, is needed to effectively face such issues through evidence-based solutions: Science Diplomacy is a key tool for tackling the 21st century global agenda and is increasingly playing a key role in today’s geopolitics. Read more about Science and Technology Diplomacy here.

Who will attend

This executive training is aimed at leading professionals aspiring to make an impact on today’s transnational challenges through furthering cross-border understanding and science and technology cooperation. Participants should have a graduate degree in a relevant field (i.e. any branch of science, technology, engineering, international affairs, public policy and political science) and ideally at least 3-5 years of related work experience in research, international relations or project management. Participants must demonstrate an interest in global issues, as well as a will to transcend professional silos and engage in interdisciplinary work. Demonstrated leadership capabilities as well as social commitment will be appreciated.

When and Where

This year’s edition of the Barcelona Science & Technology Diplomacy Summer School will take place from the 12 to 16 of July, 2021 (NEW DATE) in one of world’s innovation hotspots: Barcelona. Hosted by IBEI, at Pompeu Fabra University Ciutadella Campus (UPF), the Summer School is located at the heart of Barcelona, only a 10-minute walk from the sea and the innovation district 22@. Lectures will be complemented by on-the-field classes and visits to international organizations, regional institutions and leading research and technology centers.


All lectures will be taught in English. Courses cover, essentially, 3 main learning objectives:

  • Academics. Science and Technology Diplomacy is global in scope. Lectures are organized following 6 different modules: Introduction to Science and Technology Diplomacy; Science and Technology Diplomacy in the Mediterranean; Science and Technology Diplomacy in Europe; Technology Diplomacy; Sustainable Development and Science Diplomacy; and national and urban approaches to Science Diplomacy. Lectures will cover relevant emerging issues such as Global Health, Cyberspace Diplomacy and Climate Change, as well as incorporating Mediterranean and European perspectives and case-studies.
  • Professional development. Drawing from the understanding that current global challenges need a multidisciplinary, cross-cultural approach, participants will be able to gain hands-on knowledge with practical sessions on science diplomacy skills, international negotiations role-play simulation and networking activities to effectively their careers in science diplomacy.
  • On-the-field classes. By visiting leading institutions and projects on Science and Technology Diplomacy, participants will complement academic activities with real world cases that will allow them to understand the specificities and complexities large scale international Science Diplomacy projects require. Past visits include, but are not limited to, the Union for the Mediterranean and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

Evaluation and ECTS

A minimum attendance of 90% to all sessions is mandatory in order to obtain the certificate. In case participants require or are willing to obtain academic credits (3 ECTS) for the Summer School, they must request so during their application and submita short final essay after completing the School. Students do not have to make any extra payment for this certificate, but need to verify in advance with their home institution that these credits will be recognized.


A wide range of short-term accommodation is available near Pompeu Fabra University Ciutadella Campus for Barcelona Science & Technology Diplomacy Summer School participants. Participants can take advantage of discounted offers by booking accommodation with one of our housing partners. These partners will be able to provide various affordable accommodation options tailored to suit different needs, including: flats, hostels and hotels, shared apartments, and student halls.

More information

For more information please contact Carlos Sánchez (csanchez@ibei.org), IBEI research coordinator.

▶️ Check the summary video of the Science and Technology Diplomacy Summer School 2019 and take a look at some of the pictures.

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