Science Diplomacy Dialogue Series

Please join us for a dialogue series with Professor Paul Arthur Berkman sponsored by the Science Diplomacy Center and the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher SchoolScience diplomacy is an international, interdisciplinary and inclusive process involving evidence integration to balance national interests and common interests for the benefit of all on Earth, across generations. The science diplomacy dialogue series will be held over the following four meetings:

  • Globally Interconnected Civilization | Wednesday, September 26 2018| 12:30-2pm | Cabot 102 | Click here
  • Informed Decision Making for Sustainability | Wednesday, October 10 2018| 12:30-2pm | Murrow Room, Goddard 210 | Click here
  • The Arctic Case Study | Wednesday, October 17 2018| 12:30-2pm | Cabot 102 | Click here
  • Capstone Project Enhancement with Holistic Integration | Wednesday, November 14 2018| 12:30-2pm | Murrow Room, Goddard 210 | Click here

Learn about the theory and practice of science diplomacy and participate in discussions about how to incorporate both natural and social sciences into foreign policy decision making and international negotiations. In preparation for the discussion series, you are welcome to read a Science paper “The Arctic Science Agreement Propels Science Diplomacy” (2017) as well as a Nature paper “International Spaces Promote Peace” (2009) and watch an interview with Professor Berkman and former Dean James Stavridis.

Attendance is by registration only on Eventbrite. Lunch will be provided. Please note that each of the four sessions of the dialogue series will be filmed to be used for the Science Diplomacy course in the future. Please also join us for the 2nd Science Diplomacy Dissertation Enhancement Workshop, which will be held September 27 – 28, 2018 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Paul Arthur Berkman is building connections between science, diplomacy and information technology to promote cooperation and prevent discord, balancing national interests and common interests for the benefit of all on Earth. He was a visiting professor at the University of California at the age of 24, after wintering the previous year in Antarctica on a SCUBA research expedition. He was Fulbright Distinguished Scholar and former Head of the Arctic Ocean Geopolitics Programme at the University of Cambridge, where he co-directed the first formal dialogue between NATO and Russia regarding environmental security in the Arctic Ocean. He also coordinates the Arctic Options and Pan-Arctic Options projects, involving support from national science agencies in the United States, Russian Federation, Norway, France, China and Canada (2013-2020). In 2015, he joined The Fletcher School as Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy and is now Director of the Science Diplomacy Center. He has an extensive record of interdisciplinary research and publication, including books on Environmental Security in the Arctic Ocean (2012) and Science Diplomacy: Antarctica, Science and the Governance of International Spaces (2011). He is also a co-editor of a new book series on Sustainability of Shared Marine Regions.