05 juin
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Science Diplomacy


Many of the global challenges we face today, including infectious diseases, pollution, global warming, energy and cyber security, are complex and require international cooperation. Science diplomacy aims at bridging the gap between science and politics in order to find sustainable solutions in highly politicized and culturally sensitive contexts. Scientists and their institution are key players in science diplomacy as they contribute to advancing knowledge, technology and innovation. In addition, foreign policies can have an impact on international collaborations and thus, can affect scientific and technological development. As the European Union turns to researchers regarding different aspects of its external relations, the concept of science diplomacy is fast evolving and scientists are also brought in to tackle conflicts on a transnational scale. Science diplomacy encompasses all of these different practices, from the use of scientific evidence to inform public policies (science for diplomacy) to the development of policies that influence scientific cooperation (diplomacy for science) and using scientific cooperation as a mean to improve international relations (science for diplomacy)

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Learn more about how science and politics are intertwined and can influence each other

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Marta Agostinho

Marta Agostinho is the Coordinator of EU-LIFE, an alliance of European life science based research institutes that aims at promoting excellence in research and acting as a voice for research institutes in the European policy landscape. As Coordinator of EU-LIFE, M. Agostinho oversees the implementation of the strategy of the alliance and leads the science policy area. She is also expert evaluator in H2020. With over 10 years of experience in life science and policy her areas of interest include science policy, strategic science management and communication, outreach and public dialogue with science; and training. She holds a PhD in Cell Biology and a post-graduation in Science & Society.

Claire Mays

Claire Mays is Executive Director of the H2020 project InsSciDE "Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe". She shares her time between Institut Symlog de France, a small private research organization and CNRS, France's national research network and winner of the 4-year InsSciDE.eu grant. Claire is a respected designer of programs facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue on science, technological and environmental issues. She has worked as a community/action researcher in most European countries, Japan and India. Claire holds degrees in Social Psychology from Harvard and University of Paris-VII.


This event is part of the Career Development Seminar Series organised by the MCAA France Chapter with the support of the Institut Curie.


  • Marie Curie Alumni Association