Seminar on Science diplomacy

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What is Science Diplomacy?


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If you are an EELISA Student and want to attend the course, please send a short letter of application to


Prof. Maria Rentetzi, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Email:

Dr. Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, The Arctic University of Norway, Email:

Prof. Alexandros-Andreas Kyrtsis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Email:



TITLE: What is Science Diplomacy?



In the time of a pandemic who does get which vaccine, when and from whom? In case of extreme weather events who does get access to clean water, food or energy and how? How international organizations regulate nuclear energy? In short, how geopolitics and international affairs are intertwined and how do they depend on science and technology?


Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg’s block seminar “What is Science Diplomacy” tackles the diverse notion of science, technology and health diplomacy. It is intended as an intense dialogue among senior scholars and advanced master and PhD students from different disciplines on how science and technology shape and are shaped by international affairs. EELISA students are more than welcome to join. As very few academic institutions offer yet a seminar solely dedicated to the theory and practice of science diplomacy, FAU breaks ground and brings a fast-growing field of practice in the university classroom.


We will discuss some of the most recent literature on the topic and involve in our discussions, experts with practical experience in the field.


Invited speakers among others: Dr. Maurizio Bona, senior advisor for relations with parliaments and science for policy at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and Marko Naoki Lins, German Federal Foreign Office;  Prof. Thomas Demmelhuber, Middle East Politics and Society, FAU;  Prof. Dietrich Jung, Political Science and Islamic Studies, University of Southern Denmark.


The seminar will be taught in an online format. Students are expected to read very closely the assignments, participate in the discussions, and produce a research paper or multimedia project at the end of the seminar. (ECTS: 10).


Please note: the seminar is open to last year bachelor students as well as master and PhD students from all disciplines


Extra activities: EELISA students will have the chance to participate in presence in the InsSciDE Open Conference on Science Diplomacy as an Intercultural Encounter. Their mobility will be funded. Extracurricular activities include two hands-on seminars on interculturality and science diplomacy in practice on November 26th designed especially for EELISA participants.


Students will also have the chance to follow a roundtable discussion with Prof. Thomas Demmelhuber, FAU and Prof. Dietrich Jung, University of Southern Denmark on science diplomacy and the Middle East.



DEADLINES OF THE CALL: 18 October 2021



19.10.2021 12:00-14:00

22.10.2021  09:00-14:00

23.10.2021  09:00-13:00

26.10.2021  12:00-14:00

12.11.2021  09:00-14:00

13.11.2021  09:00-13:00

3.12.2021   Bayerisches Orient-Kolloquium. Science Diplomacy and the Middle East

23-26.2021  InsSciDE Open Conference on Science Diplomacy as an Intercultural Encounter

10.12.2021  09:00-14:00