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Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Summer School

30 June - 5 July, 2024

SciTech DiploHub, the Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Hub, and IBEI, the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, have partnered to offer the 5th consecutive edition of a first-of-its-kind, university accredited training in 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, this in-person edition of the Summer School offers an immersive 30+ hours of face-to-face sessions 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?

Science Diplomacy, Innovation Diplomacy, Techplomacy, STI Diplomacy and SciTech Diplomacy are all different ways of referring to the same thing: the use of scientific, technological and academic collaborations among countries, regions and societies to address common issues and to build sound international partnerships. Experts use a wide variety of definitions for this concept, nevertheless, science diplomacy has become an umbrella term that includes several kinds of research-based, scientific, academic and engineering exchanges among nations and societies. Read more about Science and Technology Diplomacy here.

Who will attend

This executive, university accredited face-to-face 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.

Barcelona: a hotspot for science and global affairs

This comprehensive and first-of-its-kind training course in Science & Technology Diplomacy will take place from 1st to 5th July 2024 in one of world’s innovation hotspots: Barcelona. Hosted by IBEI, at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 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@.

With world-class research institutions, Barcelona hosts facilities such as the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the ALBA Synchrotron or the National Genome Analysis Center, the headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean, the UN-HABITAT City Resilience Profiling Programme (UN-HABITAT/CRPP) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). Barcelona is among the top innovative hubs worldwide, the 3rd non-state capital in terms of consular representation and one of the leading cities in global municipalism – the perfect place for science and technology diplomacy.

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 (4 ECTS) for the Summer School, they must request so during their application and submit a 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.

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 and take a look at some of the pictures of the previous editions.

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