Workshop on Technology and science diplomacy in an age of digital sovereignty and nuclear threats

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Deep transformations of international relationships together with the rapid evolution of innovations are leading to renewed geopolitical rivalries and fragmentation. At the same time, the terrifying prospect of a nuclear conflict makes the use of nuclear military technologies a real threat. Understanding the rationale and implications of these science and technology-based innovations in the international sphere and putting them into the context of European sovereignty so they can be the subject of analysis, education and dissemination is precisely the rationale for this workshop. In short, how can we educate the next generation of scientists and engineers to address geopolitical challenges? 

In fact, there is an increasing demand for experts in a particular technology domain who will be able to understand and manage the challenges of new technologies while reflecting and reviewing their impact on geopolitics. Vice versa, scientists, and engineers need to be aware of how developments could reshape the delicate balance of international relationships and what makes us, Europeans, unique.

This workshop is organized by:

  1. the Jean Monnet Chair on Technology and Science Diplomacy for European Sovereignty (TechDip) held at UPM.
  2. the chair of Science, Technology and Gender Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in collaboration with the ERC Consolidator Grant “Living with Radiation” (HRP-IAEA grant no.770548)
  3. the Technology Diplomacy and International Cooperation Community of EELISA European University.

The workshop will take place from the 28th to 29th of November 2022 at the JOSEPHS Innovation Laboratory in Nuremberg, Germany (Link:

We envision this workshop as the starting point of a university Certificate on Technology and Science Diplomacy jointly administered by the three aforementioned partners.

After a welcoming to the workshop (from 09:45 to 10:00) by the main organizers, Prof. Maria Rentetzi and Prof. Claudio Feijóo, the following Sessions are planned:

Session 1 (Monday, the 28th November 2022, from 10:00 to 12:00)
Roundtable on “Europe and EELISA in the new geopolitical order. Implications for research and innovation”
Moderator: Jose-Miguel Atienza (UPM, Dean of Civil Engineering School)

Alper Yurttas (ITU)

Nagy Balázs (BME)

Sofia D´Aguiar (EELISA)

Juan Jesús Pérez (Unite / UPC)

Session 2 (Monday, the 28th November 2022, from 14:00 to 16:00)
Roundtable on “Technology diplomacy for digital sovereignty”

Moderator: Claudio Feijoo (UPM, Jean Monnet Chair)

Prof. Dr. Georg Glasze (FAU)

Pierre Rossel (EPFL / Inspiring Futures)

Maite Arcos (ENAGÁS / ESYS Foundation)

Emanuela Girardi (Pop Ai, virtual)

Nele Leosk (Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs, Government of Estonia, virtual) TBA

Session 3 (Tuesday, the 29th November 2022, from 10:00 to 12:00)
Roundtable on “Science diplomacy and the nuclear challenge ”
Moderator: Maria Rentetzi (FAU, Chair for Science, Technology and Gender Studies)

Jochen Ahlswede (BASE – Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management)

Casimiro Vizzini


Kapil Patil (FAU)


Download the program here.


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We hope to see you at our workshop and maybe for Glühwein and gingerbread on the famous and newly reopened Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt.