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New frontiers in science diplomacy









The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Organised by

  • Professor Lorna Casselton FRS (Royal Society)
  • Professor Mohamed Hassan (Academy of Sciences for the Developing World)
  • Dr Raghunath Mashelkar FRS (National Chemical Laboratory)
  • Dr Jim McQuaid FREng (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Vaughan Turekian (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
  • Professor Anthony Cheetham FRS (University of Cambridge)

This meeting is in collaboration with AAAS.


By bringing together experts from the UK and international scientific and foreign policy communities, this two-day meeting will examine the role of science as a source of soft power in foreign policy. The first day will discuss various international perspectives on the meaning, value and tools of science diplomacy, as well as identifying barriers to science diplomacy and how they may be overcome. The second day will then examine the role of science in achieving two key foreign policy goals: maintaining international peace and security, and promoting economic and social development and well-being.

The meeting will have the following sessions: Current and future directions for science diplomacy, Perspectives on science diplomacy, New partnerships with the Islamic-World, The role of Science in Nuclear Diplomacy, Environmental security: poles apart?, Science for development, Building capacity for science diplomacy, New frontiers in science diplomacy.

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Schedule of talks

Session 1

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A new role for science in international policy making and diplomacy

Professor John Beddington CMG FRS, Government Office for Science, UK

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Current and future directions for science diplomacy

Professor Lorna Casselton FRS

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Session 1 Panel Discussion

Sir John Skehel FMedSci FRS, Vice-President and Biological Secretary, The Royal Society

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Science diplomacy for the twenty-first century

Dr Nina Fedoroff, Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, US Department of State, USA

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Session 2

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China and science diplomacy

Mr Futao Chen, Minister Counsellor for Science and Technology, Chinese Embassy, UK

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Europe and science diplomacy

Ms Sigi Gruber, Directorate for International Cooperation, Directorate General Science, Research and Development, European Commission, Belgium

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Perspectives on science diplomacy I

Dr Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science, USA

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Science and technology diplomacy: Japanese perspective and approach

Mr Jun Yanagi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

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Session 2 Panel Discussion

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Brazil and science diplomacy

Dr Luis Davidovich, Director, Brazilian Academy of Sciences

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Perspectives on science diplomacy II

Professor Mohamed Hassan, Academy of Sciences for the Developing World

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Science diplomacy: A view from an energy company

Mr James Smith, Chairman, Shell Uk

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Science policy in ever changing India

Dr Raghunath Mashelkar FRS, President, Global Research Alliance

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Session 3 Panel Discussion

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New partnerships with the Islamic world

Mr Ehsan Masood, Chief Commissioning Editor, Nature

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Restoring the trust deficit: Re-engaging with the Islamic world through science and innovation

Mr Naser Faruqui, Director of Innovation Policy and Science at the International Development Research Centre

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Science, peace and the Middle East: Regional collaboration to foster international cooperation

Session 4 Panel Discussion

The atlas of Islamic-World science and innovation

Dr Razley Mohd Nordin, Director General of Science and Technology OIC

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Session 5

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Science and new approaches to international development

Professor Chris Whitty, Head of Research, Policy and Research Division, Department for International Development

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Science for development: Humanitarian, ethical or political investment?

Dr Andrée Carter, Director, UK Collaborative on Development Sciences

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Science, sustainability and economic development

Dr Alfred Watkins, World Bank Science and Technology Program Coordinator

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Session 5 Panel Discussion

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Building capacity for science diplomacy

Dr Yusaf Samiullah OBE, Deputy Director and Head of Profession and Infrastructure, Policy and Research Division, Department for International Development, UK

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Capacity building and networks

Professor Mohamed Hassan, Academy of Sciences for the Developing World

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Identifying tomorrow's leaders

Mr Martin Davidson, Chief Executive, British Council, UK

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Science and State building

Professor Atta-ur Rahman FRS, Coordinator General of COMSTECH

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Session 6 Panel Discussion

Universities, skills and scientific exchange

Professor Stephen Hiller, Vice-Principal (International) and Director of Postgraduate Studies and International Relations, Edinburgh University

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Session 7

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Environmental security: Poles apart?

Dr Jim McQuaid FREng, University of Sheffield

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Governing international spaces: Negotiating the Antarctic Treaty and the future of the Arctic

Professor Paul Berkman, Head, Arctic Oceans Geopolitics Programme, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University

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Prospects for an international treaty for the protection of the Arctic

Mrs Diana Wallis UK MEP, Vice President, European Parliament, Belgium

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The Canadian Arctic Research Station: International science partnerships to nurture and reinforce diplomacy

Professor Howard Alper, Chair, Science, Technology and Innovation Council, Canada

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Session 8

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Back to the future: The role of science and scientists in nuclear diplomacy

Getting beyond the feel good factor: Ensuring the political impact of scientific cooperation

Dr Arian Pregenzer, Senior Scientist, Cooperative Monitoring Centre, Sandia National Laboratories, USA

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Session 8 Panel Discussion

The contribution of the science community in international treaty implementation and verification

Ambassador Tibor Toth, Executive Secretary, Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation

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Session 9

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Emerging Ambassadors for science: shaping the future of diplomacy

Professor Romain Murenzi, Minister in the Office of the President in Charge of Science and Technology, Rwanda

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New frontiers in science diplomacy

Dr James Wilsdon, Director, Science Policy Centre, The Royal Society

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Session 9 Panel Discussion

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