the world academy of sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries
Using science for/in diplomacy for addressing global challenges

A Horizon 2020 funded project, grant n° 770342, Jan 2018 - Dec 2020

The S4D4C project aims to support current and future European science diplomacy for the benefit of European capacities, EU foreign policy goals, and especially the development of solutions for global challenges. This includes the EU's commitment to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have important science, technology and innovation components.

The specific objectives of S4D4C are to:

  • Provide new insights and a better understanding of the contributions of science and science collaborations to EU foreign policy goals;
  • Facilitate effective and efficient interfaces for European science diplomacy so as to take better advantage of European science and science cooperation;
  • Provide policy guidance on where and how EU and EU Member State (MS) science diplomacy can be active in the future;
  • Contribute to the better preparation, clearer profile and stronger identity of European science diplomats;
  • Increase capacities and knowledge resources for EU and MS science diplomats; and
  • Expand the global reach and visibility for EU science diplomacy.

Building on research work and public sector innovation activities carried out by consortium members, S4D4C aims to support current and future European science diplomacy and decision-making by:

  • Mobilising knowledge and networks;
  • Co-creating a governance framework with a focus on interfaces;
  • Training science diplomats;
  • Providing decision-making support; and
  • Linking up actors globally.

The expected impact of S4D4C will be measured by project partners having:

  • Facilitated effective and efficient interfaces for science diplomacy between the diplomatic and the scientific community;
  • Provided decision-making support and knowledge resources for European science diplomacy;
  • Trained European science diplomats;
  • Contributed to better positioning of the EU as a global science diplomacy player.

S4D4C brings together a distinguished set of partners combining expertise in science diplomacy, EU international relations, policy analysis, science policy and diplomatic training for the benefit of the impacts we envisage. The consortium also includes partners who are active practitioners of science diplomacy in the EU and its Member States. The consortium partners are:

  1. Centre for Social Innovation GmbH (ZSI, coordinator)
  2. International Bureau of the BMBF at DLR, Germany
  3. Charles University Prague, Czech Republic (CU)
  4. University of Twente, Netherlands (UT)
  5. German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW)
  6. TWAS, Italy (TWAS)
  7. University of Sheffield, UK (USFD)
  8. Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, Spain (FECYT)
  9. University Lille II, France (UL)
  10. Vienna School of International Studies, Austria (DA)

Dr. Alexander Degelsegger-Márquez
Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna/Austria, Tel.: +43 1 495 04 42 59

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