What is science diplomacy and what role does it play in German foreign policy? What factors are essential to the success of science diplomacy and how can science diplomacy respond to challenges like pandemics, climate change, flight and displacement? Questions like these will be the focus of a digital event being held by the Federal Foreign Office at 11 am on Tuesday, 15 December 2020.
Titled “Foreign Policy Meets Science: Science Diplomacy!” the conference will also deal with topics such as the dialogue with civil society and the transfer of scientific findings to the political sector for the purpose of dealing with global challenges. The agenda also includes questions regarding the role and importance of scientific freedom, academic exchange, and scientific collaboration. Interested viewers are invited to take part in the conference through the livestream broadcast and also contribute via a chat.
The event will begin with an interview with Michelle Münterfering, Minister of State for International Cultural Policy at Germany's Federal Foreign Office, in which she will outline the main features of science diplomacy from a foreign policy perspective. This will be followed by a panel discussion during which experts from the political sector and science community, including the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Hans-Christian Pape, will examine the central tasks of and challenges facing science diplomacy and foreign policy as international social policy.
The event will be held in German and be moderated by the education and science journalist Jan-Martin Wiarda. The event will end at 12:30 pm.