In January 2018, The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) will host the launch meeting of the large, international project InsSciDE. The project aims to develop an effective science diplomacy for Europe.
Anna Åberg, Assistant Professor at the Department of Technology Management and Economics, participates in InsSciDE as the only researcher from Chalmers. Her case study concerns the fusion facility ITER, which is currently being constructed in Southern France. This facility is a cooperation between 35 nations and aims to prove the feasibility of using fusion as a large-scale energy alternative.
“ITER is a fascinating and important example of the complexity of science diplomacy”
- Anna Åberg, Chalmers
- Since it was first conceived in 1985, ITER has developed into one of the largest ongoing international scientific collaborations in the world today, and is thus a fascinating and important example of the complexity of science diplomacy, Anna Åberg says.
The European Commission has called for the development of effective science diplomacy for Europe. InsSciDE starts with the hypothesis that Europe and Member states possess a great capital of science diplomacy experience - but today this is fragmented, heterogeneous and under-utilized. The 4-year project will engage historians of science and technology, networks of diplomats and scientists, experts of strategy and policy makers to bring science diplomacy into the foreground and better use it. The consortium includes 14 institutes of research or training from across 11 European Member states as well as UNESCO.
The project will investigate past and present experience, co-construct insights with practitioners, and provide theoretical and strategic frameworks and guidance to support stakeholder awareness and informed policies within the European Union. InsSciDE is funded through the European Horizon 2020 framework under the coordination of Professor Pascal Griset, Sorbonne Université, and Director of the Institute of Communication Sciences (CNRS).