Science Diplomacy: Dissertation Enhancement Workshop (program)

The workshop will take place on the Tufts University campus at the Breed Memorial Hall (51 Winthrop St, Medford). Fletcher School Prof. Berkman and MIT Prof. Susskind as well as other staff members will be present on both days.

Thursday, August 24th

08:30     Registration

09:00     Introduction: Workshop Objectives and Context

09:30     Session 1: Holistic (International, Interdisciplinary and Inclusive) Elements of Science Diplomacy

What are the societal contributions of science, defined broadly as the study of change? Expected Outcomes: Participants will understand how to integrate natural and social science perspectives.

10:30     BREAK

10:45     Session 2: Science Diplomacy – Evidence for Informed Decision-Making

How can data be transformed into options that contribute to decisions about built infrastructure and governance mechanisms without advocacy? Expected Outcomes: Participants will understand how to contribute to informed decision-making in view of diverse stakeholder perspectives, time-space evidence and governance mechanisms.

12:00     LUNCH

13:00     Session 3: Issues, Impacts and Resources Within and Across Jurisdictions

How can science diplomats help to address broad societal challenges? Expected Outcomes: Participants will understand the importance of balanced solutions that can operate across generations.

14:30     BREAK

14:45     Session 4: Mercury Negotiation Simulation

What skills are needed for science diplomats to succeed in an international negotiation? Expected Outcomes: Participants will learn to build common interests among allies and adversaries alike.

17:00     SOIREE

More than 25 officials and scientific attachés from 10 Consulates and diplomatic missions in Boston as well as from the State of Massachusetts and businesses will be available for networking opportunities at the Soirée event. The Science & Technology Diplomatic Circle of Boston (S&TDC) is an active network of “members from 65+ diplomatic missions and affiliated organizations in the Boston area. Most members are consular heads, counselors, or officers dealing with Science & Technology and – in a broader sense – with Education and Innovation.”

17:00-­17:10: Welcome by Workshop organizers

17:10­-17:20: Opening remarks by the S&TDC Chairs (Québec & The Netherlands)

17:20-­18:00: “Science Diplomacy in practice”: perspectives from Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Turkey (panel involving introductory comments & exchanges with the workshop participants).

18:00-­19:00: Dinner buffet and networking event


Friday, August 25th

09:00     Session 5: Debrief of the Mercury Negotiation Simulation

How can science diplomacy contribute to negotiations that involve economic, societal and environmental considerations? Expected Outcomes: Participants will learn that science can serve as a neutral platform to frame the challenges as well as the solutions that must be negotiated.

10:30     BREAK

10:45     Session 6: Science Diplomacy – Building Common Interests

How does science diplomacy help to balance national interests and common interests in our globally-interconnected civilization? Expected Outcomes: Participants will understand the foundational importance of building common interests.

12:30     LUNCH

13:30     Session 7: Case Studies from the Doctoral Students

What science-diplomacy interactions and lessons can be introduced from the participants? Expected Outcomes: Participants will learn they already are operating as science diplomats.

15:00     BREAK

15:15     Session 8: Science Diplomacy Networks and Applications

What avenues are available for science-diplomacy contributions in our world? Expected Outcomes: Participants will begin to engage in science diplomacy at local to global scales.

17:00    Free-form discussion and event debriefing