15-16 december 2020. The UfM is organizing a virtual workshop to be held on 15 and 16 of December on Science and Innovation Diplomacy that will be hosted digitally from its headquarters in Barcelona, Spain. This meeting will also mark the 25th anniversary since the Barcelona Declaration, which stated that “science and technology have a significant influence on socioeconomic development” of the EuroMed region. During this event, the main ongoing programmes and initiatives related to science diplomacy will be presented, discussions will touch upon the main issues to be tackled and high-level speakers will advance ideas for further action.The event is organized in the framework of the UfM Regional Platform in Research and Innovation and in partnership with the Horizon 2020 project S4D4C (Using Science Diplomacy for Addressing Global Challenges).
S4D4C has undertaken research on science diplomacy, fostered networking between scientists, diplomats, policymakers and other key practitioners, and provided training opportunities in science diplomacy. Particularly, S4D4C published the policy report “Calling for a Systemic Change: Towards a European Union Science Diplomacy for Addressing Global Challenges” in May 2020. This report identifies the set of stoppers, warnings, and drivers for the systems of science, diplomacy, and science diplomacy to fully stir global collective action and successfully address global challenges. This joint event between UfM and S4D4C will allow fostering a reflection for the future of Science Diplomacy in the Mediterranean region.