Topic outline

  • General

  • Overview & Course Brochure

    Science, technology and innovation (STI) play an ever increasing role in public policies and international relations. As such, they represent an object of multidisciplinary investigation pertinent to many disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities.

    The module offers an introduction to Science Diplomacy (SD), framing the development of this field of study in the broader context of the social studies of science. Furthermore, the module illustrates the European Union strategy in this policy domain, and presents two case studies about SD in two crucial geopolitical areas: Middle East and Central and Southeastern Europe. The module includes five lectures featuring leading scholars and practitioners from Italy and abroad.

    In accordance with Departmental regulations, attendance of the course grants TAF F credits (CFU) to students enrolled in the University of Trieste. Students must pass a final test to be awarded the credits.



  • Lesson 1 - Studying STI from the perspective of Social Sciences - Prof. Simone Arnaldi

    Social Sciences and Humanities and, more specifically, Social Studies of Science and Technology explore the complex interactions between science, technology and society, studying how social, political, cultural, and material conditions shape scientific work and how science, in turn, shapes society.

    Taking into account this broader perspective, this lecture offers an introduction on how science, technology and innovation (STI) become the subject of domestic and foreign public policies and, conversely, on how STI exert an increasing influence on the international domain.



  • Lesson 2 - Foundations of Science Diplomacy - Dr. Tim Flink

    This lesson presents the basic definitions and frameworks of Science Diplomacy (SD), along with key historical cases. The concept and practice of SD are examined as they refer to (1) the interplay between science, science policy and foreign policy; (2) the increasing relevance of science in international relations. This lesson will provide the essential concepts and knowledge to engage with the more specialized topics dealt with in the rest of the course.

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      This resource includes:

      • Handouts of the PowerPoint slides;
      • Suggested readings:

        Flink; Schreiterer (2010): Science diplomacy at the intersection of S&T policies and foreign affairs: toward a typology of national approaches. In: Science and Public Policy 37(9), pp. 665-677.

        Flink (2022) Taking the Pulse of Science Diplomacy And Developing Practices of Valuation. In: Science And Public Policy 49, pp.191-200.


  • Lesson 3 - Science Diplomacy and the European Union - Dr. Mitchell Young

    Science Diplomacy (SD) is an increasingly important tool in the foreign policy portfolio of the EU, which has made significant investments on this domain. This lesson assesses what SD activities are implemented in the EU and describes the current developments in this policy field on the EU level, to examine whether and how an EU strategy for SD can be organized and implemented.

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      This resource includes a link to the videorecording of Lesson 3:

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      This resource includes:

      • Handouts of the PowerPoint slides;
      • Suggested readings:

        Young, M. and Ravinet, P. (2022). Knowledge power Europe, Journal of European Integration. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07036337.2022.2049260 [open access, click on the link to access the file].

        Müller, J.M. and Bona, M. (2018). Past, Present, and Future of Science Diplomacy in Europe.  Science & Diplomacy, Vol. 7, No. 3. https://www.sciencediplomacy.org/perspective/2018/past-present-and-future-science-diplomacy-in-europe [open access, click on the link to access the file].
  • Lesson 4 - Science Diplomacy in the Middle East: the case of SESAME - Dr. Giorgio Paolucci

    SESAME - Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East is a joint intergovernmental research infrastructure based in Jordan. This lesson presents SESAME as a case in point to show the potential for scientific collaboration to build bridges between countries in contexts with heightened geopolitical tensions.

  • Lesson 5 - Science Diplomacy and the Central European Initiative - Mr. Alessandro Lombardo

    This lesson highlights the Science Diplomacy initiatives of CEI (an intergovernmental forum for regional cooperation in Central and Southeastern Europe) and their impacts across the multiple divides in this region of Europe (in and out of the EU, in and out of NATO, in and out of various EU macro-regional strategies). This analysis will be preliminary to examine their contribution to strengthening cohesion along the Eastern and South-Eastern borders of the European Union.

  • Test conclusivo

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