Roundtable Discussion: “Communicating Science for Diplomacy,” 8 March 2019, 4:15 PM, NIAS

Date: 
Friday, March 8, 2019

 Panelists: 

Dr. Mangala Sharma
Program Director  U.S. National Science  Foundation 

Dr. Jerome Bove
Attaché for scientific & academic collaborations, Consulate General  of France in Bangalore 

Mr. Sebastien Hug 
CEO and Consul General, Swissnex India 
 
Prof. V.S. Ramamurthy 
Emeritus Professor & former Director, NIAS 
 
Prof. Sai Baba 
Shri T V Raman Pai Chair Professor, NIAS 
 
Dr. B. Chagun Basha 
DST-Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Fellow, DST- CPR, IISc 
 
Abstract: Science Diplomacy can be described as the role of Science & Technology in foreign policy agenda. As a practice, Science Diplomacy exists for a long time in many countries through various channels - facilitated via, both formal and informal diplomatic avenues. In recent times, Science Diplomacy, as a foreign policy tool, started taking a center stage in international engagement strategies of many countries – some name it is as 'soft power' and others call it as 'internationalization of Science' and many refer to it as a 'tool for cross-border peace building' given the universality of Science. Different aspects of communicating Science for Diplomacy, the raising role of science diplomats and existing avenues to practice Science Diplomacy would be discussed. Perspectives of internationally-accomplished science diplomacy practitioners from diverse fields would be presented.