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AAAS-TWAS Course on Science Diplomacy 2016
The course will be held from 11 to 16 July 2016 in Trieste, Italy. The application deadline is 4 March 2016. Successful candidates will be contacted by early April.
4 March 2016
Location of the event
Eligible Applicants
All developing countries

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington DC, USA, and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy are seeking candidates to participate in the third AAAS-TWAS Course on Science and Diplomacy to be held in Trieste, Italy, from 11 to 16 July 2016.

Two trends are becoming clear in the early part of this century; the majority of challenges facing society have an international or global context; and science, technology and their applications underpin the cause or the cure to these challenges. As a result, science and technology are becoming ever more embedded into the foreign policies and international relations of nations. At the same time, cooperation in science and technology is increasingly benefiting from both the technical and political interactions between states. For example, establishing large-scale projects such as ICTP, CERN, SESAME and the International Space Station require both scientific exchange and diplomatic interactions. In addition to facilitating collaborative multilateral projects, science cooperation can play an important role in establishing trust and building bridges between nations. Throughout the Cold War, for example, science, health and space cooperation provided some of the few ways for constructive interaction between the East and the West. As a result, many new scientific institutions formed, providing important focal points for dialogue and understanding. More recently, in 2015, the Iran nuclear deal framework and the Paris Agreement that came out of the COP21 climate change negotiations also have strong scientific input and understanding at their core.

Given the growing role of science and technology in international relations, AAAS and TWAS formed a partnership in 2011 focused on science diplomacy and engagement between the North and the South. Part of this initiative includes this annual short-course on science diplomacy.

The course will expose participants to key contemporary international policy issues relating to science, technology, environment and health, while providing an overview of how technical information has contributed to different policy developments and international structures, both physical and political. Another focus of the course will be to gain a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the roles that governments, international organizations and the private sector play in complex science-based issues, and how different governance structures are developed to address the needs and involvement of these different stakeholders.

The third AAAS-TWAS Course on Science and Diplomacy will encourage active interaction among participants as they develop a project that builds on the case studies presented through the week. By the end of the workshop, each group will have prepared and presented a short summary memo on a topic or theme related to science, health or technology and their applications that has relevance to the international policy community. Written papers will then be prepared for publication on the TWAS website.


This short course is designed for young scientists whose research and wider engagement has brought them into the international policy-making arena, policymakers interested in some of the central science-based themes that might influence their work, research institution administrators, and research funders focused on identifying ways to build international networks.


  • Travel, accommodation and visa expenses will be provided to the selected participants.
  • Spaces are reserved for a number of young scientists from developing countries (up to the age of 40), as well as scientists and/or government officials, etc, also from developing countries, with more experience in the policymaking arena (‘science policy ambassadors’).
  • A limited number of spaces for self-funded candidates from any country will also be available.
  • Women are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Deadline for sending applications is 4 March 2016.
  • The completed application should be sent via the online system ONLY:
  • An expert committee will be established by TWAS and AAAS to review the applications received.
  • Successful candidates will be informed in early April.
  • For more information on the science and diplomacy programme, please see
  • For any queries contact


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