The “Students & Diplomacy event” is comprised of a public forum, an arctic council simulation exercise, and panel discussions with science diplomacy stakeholders.
2 Travel awards available for workshop participants from Northern Canada generously offered by Polar Knowledge Canada
May 16th, Morning: Public Forum - “Negotiating the Arctic: a Science Diplomacy Perspective” @ McGill University
How much do you know about the Arctic?
It is home to some of the most interesting science Canada has to offer, including unique state-of-the-art research stations like PEARL (the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory) and CHARS (the Canada High Arctic Research Station). These are a beacon for Canada’s science on the international level, and they may hold some of the answers in our global fight against climate change.
This raises some new questions – How do we bring Canada’s arctic science into the global discussion? How can we leverage diplomacy across borders to solve climate change and other scientific issues? And how can countries cooperate to protect the environment and promote sustainable development in the Arctic? What role do indigenous communities and traditional knowledge play in these discussions?
Our expert panelists will shed light on some of these questions, and look forward to engaging with the Montreal public on this important topic.
– Dr. Louis Fortier is a Professor at Université Laval (Quebec), who will talk about his research with ArcticNet;
May 16th, Afternoon: “When the Science is not Enough: an Arctic Council Negotiation Simulation” @ McGill University
This workshop, developed by Dr. Melody Brown Burkins at Dartmouth College, an expert in science policy and diplomacy, will introduce and discuss the role of students and young scientists in science diplomacy. The aim of the workshop is to generate recommendations on how to improve young scientists’ engagement in science diplomacy. Specifically, student participants will gain an understanding of the skills (analytical, ethical) to apply science in a diplomatic framework through an Arctic Council negotiation simulation. During this event, student “delegates” will debate a topical issue associated with the Arctic Council.
Dr. Melody Brown Burkins, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies and Associate Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break
Please note: while the main simulation is on May 16th, it is also mandatory for student participants to attend the simulation preparation session on May 2nd at 10AM in the room Room 208/209 at the McIntyre building (McGill University, Montreal)
May 17th, Afternoon: Panel Discussions: Students as Stakeholders in Science Diplomacy: Outlook for Today and Tomorrow @ Hotel OMNI
A series of panel discussions directed at government and diplomacy institutions. Experts and stakeholders will participate in panel discussions on how students and young scientists fit into the framework of science diplomacy, including its various sectors, participating agencies, challenges, and its future and potential for action. This event will provide a unique opportunity for participants to hear from and network with experts from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions.
Impact for students
The workshop on Day 1 will provide students with a deeper understanding of the role science can play in international diplomacy, as well as the complexities of bringing science into high-level policymaking. This should help prepare students to participate in panel discussions and to network with experts and leaders in science diplomacy on Day 2.
Application Deadline Extended: Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 17:00 EDT
Please download our application instructions. and submit your completed application as specified to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding your application or the event.
All undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply. Early career researchers outside these designations below 35 years of age are also invited to apply.
Applicants accepted to the SPE Students & Science Diplomacy cohort will be notified by mid-April
Here is a wonderful introduction of what is Science Diplomacy
by our collaborators
Tom Wang and Marga Gual Soler at AAAS
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(Introductory Speaker) Chief Scientist of Quebec
Director, Science Diplomacy Center at Tufts University
Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies and Associate Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College
Professor, Université Laval
Policy Advisor, Polar Knowledge Canada
Policy Advisor at the Office of Canada’s Chief Science Advisor
Vice Principal Research & Innovation, McGill University
Research Chair in Experimental Evolution, University of Ottawa
Science to Policy and Diplomacy Coordinator, IIASA
Director, Centre for Science Diplomacy, AAAS