As a new member of the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance, IIASA contributed to the Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe (InsSciDE) Horizon 2020 Concluding Conference.

The theme of the InsSciDE project’s Concluding Conference is “New Horizons for Science Diplomacy” and this is an official event of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Sorbonne University, the event explored the most pressing issues in science diplomacy and possible tools and solutions. IIASA contributed to discussions on the next steps needed in science diplomacy. 

Experts from InsSciDE and the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance came together with senior scholars, policy experts and government officials from the vast field of science diplomacy practice. The conference examined possible pathways to a shared science diplomacy for Europe, looking retrospectively from the launch of the InSciDE project to the establishment of the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance.  

Gansen Pillay, Interim Head of IIASA Communications and External Relations, and Sergey Sizov, IIASA Science Diplomacy Officer, contributed to the sessions: “Key theoretical concepts for science diplomacy: In search of the 4th dimension" and "Science diplomacy in action.”

During their mission to Paris, Gansen and Sizov also joined the 2022 Ceremony of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards. The ceremony was held at UNESCO Headquarters and was attended by 45 eminent women scientists from over 35 countries and other regions of the world. They were Laureates from the 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of the event, together with 15 exceptional researchers who received the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards in 2022 in recognition of their outstanding scientific achievements.

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