This Report presents some additional reflections by the two lead scientists of EL-CSID about what is going on in Europe in science and cultural diplomacy. The focus is on what we learned in those three years of being emerged in studying CSD, and on what we think are now needed, possible and feasible courses of action for the respective Brussels policy communities. This resulted in a wide range of both generic and specific recommendations. The core ones of which are identified here and translated into advice for consideration for the European Commission (EC) and the European External Action Service (EEAS). Needless to say, these are the authors’ options and assessments and may not necessarily be shared by the rest of the EL-CSID community.
The project European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy (EL-CSID) was conducted between February 2016 and February 2019, in the context of the H2020 programme on Europe as a Global Actor. This final report identifies the research undertaken, its research outcomes and policy recommendations.
The final report is presented at the Final EL-CSID Conference on 27 February 2019, Brussels.
Report of second dissemination conference - "A Science Diplomacy Approach for Belgium?!"
The second EL-CSID dissemination conference - titled “A Science Diplomacy approach for Belgium?!” - brought together experts and practitioners with an interest in science, innovation, international cooperation and diplomacy. The event aimed at discussing existing science diplomacy practices and approaches around the world, and at reflecting on a science diplomacy strategy for Belgium. The conference booklet - containing the programme, speakers' bios and list of participants is available for consultation. The final conference report can be downloaded below.
Report of first dissemination event or kick-off conference
The first EL-CSID dissemination event was organised to officially launch the project to the public. It aimed at presenting the EL-CSID research agenda to both the academic and policy communities as well as at gaining insights into the stakeholders’ views and expectations. This early discussion helped the EL-CSID consortium further refine its perspectives on its core concepts of cultural, science and diplomacy and ensure its academic and policy agenda are integrated.
The first session of the event was a roundtable discussion that provided for interaction among the EL-CSID researchers and a small group of EU officials and policy-makers. The second session was an academic panel that provided a platform for the EL-CSID researchers to discuss the early steps of their research on cultural and science diplomacy with a large academic audience. It was held in the context of the European Union in International Affairs (EUIA) Conference.