On Monday 5 May 2014, Patrick Vittet-Philippe (Head of Japan and Russia Desks, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission) gave a guest lecture on Science Diplomacy in Professor Terzis’ Public Diplomacy Capstone class (CMM 392).
In his presentation, Mr. Vittet-Philippe described the various ways in which science and diplomacy have historically interacted. He stressed the renewed interest in the different facets of ‘science diplomacy’ – ‘science in diplomacy’, ‘diplomacy for science’, and ‘science for diplomacy’. He illustrated how science is used by key international players and the global science community to support international policy goals, and outlined some of the challenges and opportunities of this approach. He described the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020 and its ‘Open to the World’ international cooperation strategy, focusing, as an example, on the latest developments in S&T cooperation between the EU and Japan.