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Launch: Anticipatory Science and Diplomacy for a renewed multilateralism

Published on 12 January 2022
Updated on 05 April 2024

The world is experiencing breakthrough science and technological advances at an unprecedented speed. These discoveries will reshape how we view ourselves as humans, how we relate to each other in society and how we care for our environment. To prepare for this future, our current and future scientific, diplomatic, and business leaders need to understand and jointly promote Anticipatory Science and Diplomacy as an effective tool for a renewed multilateralism. 

In this respect, Diplo is proud to be part of the Geneva Coalition on Anticipatory Science and Diplomacy, which is launching an Immersion Program and Open Forum in International Geneva for current and future leaders in science and diplomacy.

The Immersion Program and Open Forum will be the highlights of the inaugural Science Diplomacy Week in International Geneva, between 16-20 May 2022, focusing on exchange, capacity development, and mutual learning between diplomatic and scientific communities. 

Built around interactive workshops, expert dialogues, open lectures, institutional visits, and simulation exercises based on the newly introduced GESDA Science Breakthrough Radar®, the Immersion Program will bring together current and future leaders from the diplomatic and scientific communities, as well as from industry, NGOs, and civil society. Participants will benefit from a customised educational program as well as access to the activities under the Open Forum of the Science Diplomacy Week.

The inaugural cohort will host approximately 30 participants, ensuring a good mix of disciplines and sectors, as well as gender and geographical balance. In order to assure a global representation, partial and full scholarships will be offered by GESDA on a case-by-case basis.

The global call for expressions of interest to participate in the Immersion Program is now open until 15 February 2022! 

For more information on the program and application process, please visit sdweek.gesda.global.

The Science Diplomacy Week will be led by CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), DiploFoundation, Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP), Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA), Geneva Science Policy Interface (GSPI), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA), International Science Council (ISC), Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), SDG Lab led by the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG), SiDLab (powered by the ETH Zurich and the University of Geneva), University of Zurich as well as the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). 

For more of Diplo’s work in the area of science diplomacy, have a look at our dedicated topic page and our online course.

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