SPIDER's next meeting will take place in Vienna on the 25th-27th November! This will be held in collaboration with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Vienna School of International Studies and the Natural History Museum Vienna.
Already this is shaping up to be an important meeting, with Jeffery Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the SDGs, and Martin Lees, former Secretary General of the Club of Rome, providing keynote speeches. This meeting will be held in partnership with FMSTAN.
With science and technology underpinning nearly every aspect of modern life, the ability for evidence to inform foreign policy is becoming increasingly important for a world with more walls between neighbours and more distrust in negotiations. FMSTAN and SPIDER provide an international forum to share experience and develop best practice in science diplomacy.
Places at the Vienna meeting will be limited so if you would like to receive more information or to have a chance to register your interest in attending, join the SPIDER Division now.
Muscat, Oman – February 2019
The inaugural meeting of the SPIDER Special Interest Division was held in collaboration with the Ocean Economy and Future Technology Conference in Muscat, Oman in Feb 2019. In a joint meeting with the FMSTAN network, over 50 people attended to discuss the future of the new network and how SPIDER can become a global voice for Science Diplomacy theory, practice and advice.
It was a highly energising workshop that covered a range of issues across Data Diplomacy, international principles for the conduct of scientists in emergencies, Science Diplomacy for the SDGs and ongoing topics of interest to SPIDER.
The meeting included presentations from:
- Dr Anne Bardsley, Associate Director of Research, SciPoDS (Download presentation – Conduct of Scientists in Emergencies)
- Dr Simon Hodson, Executive Director of CODATA (Download Presentation – CODATA and Data Diplomacy)
- Prof Paul Berkman, Director, Science Diplomacy Center at Tufts University (Download Presentation – Science/Data Diplomacy: Building Common Interests)
- Dr Ana Elorza Moreno, Science Advice Coordinator at the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, FECYT (Download Presentation – Catalysing Science Diplomacy) – You are also encouraged to support and sign the Madrid Declaration on Science Diplomacy. (https://www.s4d4c.eu/s4d4c-1st-global-meeting/the-madrid-declaration-on-science-diplomacy/)
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