Next Meeting


Geneva, Switzerland 23-24 March 2020

In collaboration the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) meeting

Meeting Focus: Technology Diplomacy

The next meeting of SPIDER will take place on the 23rd and 24th March 2020 at the UN Palais des Nations, in Geneva, as a guest of the UN CSTD meeting. The meeting will have a primary focus on Technology Diplomacy and the issues surrounding it for nations, diplomats, academics and practitioners.

The agenda is currently in development and will be updated here as details come to hand. To join SPIDER and to receive updates, sign up to the SPIDER Special Interest Division using the form at:


Past Meetings

Vienna, Austria - 25-27 November 2019

The Vienna meeting of SPIDER/FMSTAN was 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.

The hosts are commended on the incredibly high level representation and diversity of stakeholders that were attracted to the meeting. It represented the continued growth of impact and visibility of the FMSTAN and SPIDER networks, and inspired a range of discussions and networking opportunities, from which we hope a number of collaborations will blossom.

Of particular note were the presentations from Jeffery Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the SDGs, and Martin Lees, former Secretary General of the Club of Rome, who provided keynote speeches. 

A summary of the sessions and links to meeting resources will be available shortly on this page. 


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:

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