Unique online training opportunity in science diplomacy now ready

28. Mai 2020

A milestone for the S4D4C project, a milestone for training current and future science diplomats

Yesterday was a special day for the European science diplomacy community.

After months (actually more than a year) of intensive preparations, conceptual discussions and a careful collection of material, the S4D4C project (coordinated by ZSI) released the "S4D4C European Science Diplomacy Online Course" on its website.

This course is the first fully open online training course in the field of science diplomacy. Or in other words: The course is 100% free of charge.

The online course introduces its trainees to the field of science diplomacy. It benefits from a theoretical as well as a practical dimension: It gives information about the conceptual framing of science diplomacy, the variety of stakeholders and networks involved, including a whole module focused on the European Union, different implementation strategies, skills needed in the field of science diplomacy and some case studies of science diplomacy in practice.

After sucessfully completing the course, trainees are able to download an offfcial and personalised certificate.

Who is the target audience of the S4D4C European Science Diplomacy Online Course?

S4D4C is happy to accept anyone with an interest in the field of science diplomacy to its course. In particular, the team is looking for diplomats and scientists desiring to enlarge their knowledge in science diplomacy, consolidate their practice and think about career options in the field, as well as science diplomats (e.g. science attachés and science advisors) at the beginning of their career, and, not least, students/trainees. The course can be a real assest for anyone who wants to embark on a career in science diplomacy.

Eight exciting modules are on offer!

  • How to Get Started? This module aims to advise you how to use the S4D4C online course. It does not contain learning material.
  • What Is Science Diplomacy? This is the first module with learning material. Here you learn about the state of the art in science diplomacy, conceptual approaches, nature of professionals involved, etc.
  • Who Are the Science Diplomacy Stakeholders? In this module you find a brief description of different stakeholders and networks in science diplomacy.
  • How Does the European Union Practice Science Diplomacy? Understand how the EU approaches science diplomacy and understand the EU political structure, EU science and innovation and innovation system and lastly the science diplomacy ecosystem
  • Which National, Regional, and Thematic Approaches of Science Diplomacy Exist? You are going beyond European borders and learn about different science diplomacy strategies across countries, regions, or topics of interest around the world
  • What Set of Skills Do I Need to Be a Good Science Diplomat? Let’s reflect on your own skills and those you need to promote, improve, or train to be a science diplomat.
  • Hands On! Case Studies. Learn about selected case studies which were investigated by the S4D4C project and where science diplomacy approaches are empirically analysed.
  • How Can You Dive Deeper into the Topic? This module contains a list with additional references to deepen your knowledge in the field of science diplomacy. This section is voluntary.

The online course on the website of S4D4C:

The core team behind the online course:

The S4D4C communications team has done an interview with the German-Spanish core team behind the course. It can be read here:

S4D4C Researcher's voice #7

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