Beyond the hype of the race for 5G

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The 5th generation of cellular wireless technology (5G) is a big step forward for mobile broadband as it will significantly increase internet speeds, improve latency, and provide higher bandwidths. It is an enormous economic opportunity that…

Traversing biomedical science, technology & innovation, policy, and diplomacy

Traversing biomedical science, technology & innovation, policy, and diplomacy.

Boundary Spanning at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

There are risks of oversimplifying and idolizing Science Diplomacy, particularly when confusing what Science Diplomacy should be with what it is able to achieve in practice.

Science Diplomacy opportunities to address infectious disease

In the field of infectious diseases research, Science Diplomacy is applied widely and plays a pivotal role globally on a macroscale, as well as in the day-to-day work of individual scientists.

Science Diplomacy for Diplomats: the journey of a Cambodian diplomat

Science Diplomacy is incredibly valuable and essential for the future of the world. As a diplomat, one should at least be able to grasp the concept and the practice of Science Diplomacy, even if not directly involved.

Using Science Diplomacy to achieve health goal

Engaging scientists, diplomats, and policy-makers in the development of science-informed policies through exchanges and joint construction of knowledge is crucial for addressing current and future challenges. This highlights the importance of a science-policy interface in supporting this process. I also found out that it is possible to use artificial intelligence to support diplomatic negotiation processes. Developing countries should use the opportunity to improve their regional and international negotiations on issues such as health, climate, peace, security, economy and energy. 

Science diplomacy at work: UNESCO, Latin America, and the Caribbean

Science Diplomacy could be defined as the art of using scientific knowledge and evidence to deal with complex social, economic and environmental issues of importance to human societies, as well as promoting agreements and cooperation within and among countries.

Reflections on Science Diplomacy: Putting training into practice

Active involvement of governments in science programmes, as is advocated under ‘diplomacy for science’, would further strengthen and broaden understanding of the dynamic role of science and technology in decision making, and inspire scientific contribution outside academia. 

Developing as a Boundary Spanner

Boundary spanning’ plays a valuable role in the current EU legislative landscape:  the Digital market strategy and agenda with the GDPR, Digital Markets Act, Digital Services Act and AI Act, or the EU Green Deal with the recently first Taxonomy Climate Delegated Act. The aim is to reconcile evidence-based approaches with regulatory perspectives on the policy side (precautionary, do no harm).

Open Science and Science Diplomacy

My role as a ‘boundary spanner’ involves bridging the different stakeholders for Open Science to become the norm, and this indeed involves a clear focus on Science in Diplomacy. Busting OA myths and educating policymakers on the benefits and significance of Open access is important. This surely involves a collaborative effort between the public, private and governmental sectors.

Relevance of Science Diplomacy in the Caribbean

The power of Science Diplomacy at work – a collaborative mechanism in which CAS demonstrated ‘science in diplomacy’, through its provision of technical guidance and successfully informed foreign policy objectives with science.  UNESCO’s Cluster Office for the Caribbean demonstrated ‘diplomacy for science’, facilitating international science cooperation”

Science Education in Colombian Diplomacy

We want Science Diplomacy as a structural pillar of Colombian foreign policy, and we want to put science at the core of the policymaking and negotiation processes, and thus the recent development of a national strategy is fundamental for building state policy in Science Diplomacy.