Vienna Dialogue (2016) 1st International Dialogue on Science and Technology Advice in Foreign Ministries

The Synthesis Paper from the 1st International Dialogue on Science and Technology Advice in Foreign Ministries that was convened in October 2016 can be download here: “A Global Network of Science and Technology Advice in Foreign Ministries".


The 2016 FMSTAN Meeting

Talloires Dialogue (2017) 2nd International Dialogue on Science and Technology Advice in Foreign Ministries

The Foreign Minister Science & Technology Advisers Network (FMSTAN) will meet at the Tufts European Center in Talloires, France, on September 14-16, 2017 for the, co-convened by the Science Diplomacy Center and the International Network for Government Science Advice. The meeting includes 18 countries and their representatives.

For background, please review the Synthesis Paper from the 1st International Dialogue on Science and Technology Advice in Foreign Ministries that was convened in October 2016 and download: “A Global Network of Science and Technology Advice in Foreign Ministries“.

You will find the program of the Talloires Dialogue here.

For the preparatory package containing the program, participant list and other relevant information, please see the Talloires 2017 Preparatory Package in downloadable PDF format.

Arctic Science Agreement Dialogue (2018) Supporting Implementation of the Arctic Science Agreement

The Arctic Science Agreement entered into force on 23 May 2018 with the Kingdom of Denmark as the depositary is now the third binding legal agreement among all eight Arctic states since 2011, arising with shared leadership from the United States and Russian Federation as co-chairs of the three preceding task forces. The Arctic Science Agreement recognizes the “excellent existing scientific cooperation already under way in many organizations” with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) as well as the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) and University of the Arctic (UArctic) as well as indigenous knowledge institutions among many others.

However, as suggested in a November 2017 policy forum published in the journal Science: “effective implementation of the agreement will require its associated networks (including IASC, UArctic, IASSA, and partner organizations) to help strengthen research and education across borders.” Objective of this panel dialogue is to consider how the scientific community can best assist to achieve effective implementation of the Arctic Science Agreement, with strategies such as:

  • Creation of a communication network with researchers that would aid government officials with their implementation of the Arctic Science Agreement;
  • Application of an information campaign to alert the broader Arctic research community about the Arctic Science Agreement; or
  • Development of case studies that might the trigger applications of the Arctic Science Agreement, such as with the Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate – MOSAiC – project starting in 2019 with more than 120 M Euros across the international consortium.

This session also builds on earlier dialogues, including with the International Science Initiative in the Russia Arctic (ISIRA) in Moscow (November 2017) and in Davos (June 2018) as well as in the Ambassadorial Panel on Arctic Science Diplomacy at the 2018 UArctic Congress last month in Oulu, leading into the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial next week.

The Arctic Science Agreement has the potential to be international, interdisciplinary and inclusive (aspiring to be holistic), bridging the natural sciences and social sciences as well as indigenous knowledge with their different methodologies, all of which reveal patterns and trends that are the bases for informed decision-making – integrating questions, data, evidence and options with science as the ‘study of change.’

Importantly, the Arctic Science Agreement reflects a common interest to enhance scientific cooperation even when diplomatic channels among nations are unstable, recognizing first "the importance of maintaining peace, stability, and constructive cooperation in the Arctic.” Such science diplomacy underlies decisions about governance mechanisms and built infrastructure that require close coupling to achieve progress with sustainable development, which is recognized as a ‘common Arctic issue’ by the eight Arctic states and six Indigenous peoples organizations in the Ottawa Declaration that established the Arctic Council in 1996.

Translating the general language of the Arctic Science Agreement into enhanced action, however, requires continuous collaboration among diplomatic and scientific communities. This panel is at the early stages of this journey.