The complexity and geopolitical scale of grand challenges necessitates concerted international efforts turning them into challenges of foreign policy and science alike. Diplomatic skills as well as scientific expertise are needed to tackle these challenges. Unfortunately, the interface between both does not always function optimally as communication between the scientifi c and diplomatic communities can be complicated. There is a great potential for better harnessing global science and science cooperation for European science diplomacy and foreign policy goals, both at EU and MS level. Not only can scientific advice mechanisms in EU foreign policy benefi t from advances in research, but innovations in carrying out research may hold opportunities for foreign policy impact.
Running from 2018-2020 and as a collaboration uniting scholars of innovation, science, higher education and governance, the S4D4C project aims to support current and future European science diplomacy for the benefit of European capacities, EU foreign policy goals and especially the development of solutions for global challenges.
Please read the working paper associated with this project here.