Big Research Infrastructures for Diplomacy and Global Engagement through Science (BRIDGES) network held a session at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2020) on 3 September 2020 to discuss emergent science diplomacy issues with the wider science diplomacy community.

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BRIDGES was founded in 2019 as an informal network of practitioners dealing with science diplomacy and international relations in large international research infrastructures and organizations. The network brings together representatives of 11 major international research organizations: European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), European Space Agency (ESA), European XFEL GmbH, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Organization, The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Square Kilometre Array Organisation (SKAO), and Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME).

BRIDGES serves as a platform for sharing ideas, experiences, and best practices among its members. It provides opportunity for international research infrastructures to team up in promoting capacity-building in the field of science diplomacy.

The session aimed to introduce BRIDGES network to the wider science diplomacy community and to discuss with the audience emergent relevant issues.


Albert van Jaarsveld - Director General and Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Moderator;

Atish Dabholkar - Director, The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP);

Plamena Markova - Joint Head of Government and EU Relations, International Relations Department, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL);

Liliana Pasecinic - Deputy Head of Unit, Interinstitutional, International Relations and Outreach, European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC);

Maurizio Bona - Senior Advisor for relations with Parliaments and Science for policy, Senior Advisor on knowledge transfer, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

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