Science-Diplomacy 101 and the COVID-19 Pandemic: The building blocks of science-diplomacy and exceptionalism in time of crisis

May 7, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Dr. Marga Gual Soler & Dr. Mauricio Calderon-Ortiz

The multidimensional implications of the COVID-19 pandemic have revealed an increasing need for coordination between policymakers and scientists to address urgent societal change. Science Diplomacy recognizes science as a process for pursuing evidence and diplomacy as a process for dialogue and cooperation between different stakeholders. In this first webinar, Dr. Marga Gual Soler and Dr. Mauricio Calderon-Ortiz will introduce the main concepts of science diplomacy and explore its relevance through the discussion of WHO recommendations, epidemiological time versus decision-making time, and cases of 'exceptionalism' such as Sweden and the United States. Dr. Marga Gual Soler is an internationally recognized expert, author, practitioner, and educator in science diplomacy. She is the founder of SciDipGLOBAL, a scholar with The World Academy of Sciences. Previously she was a Senior Project Director at the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy. Dr. Mauricio Calderon-Ortiz is co-founder and Executive Director of SH4P Initiative and community of practice for Sustainable Humanitarian Action, Knowledge Translation and Technological Innovation for Systemic & Transdisciplinary Approaches for Sustainability, Resilience and Positive Peace. Discussants include: Mr. Christian Lara (UN Diplomat, DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy Fellow), Professors William Pan (DGHI) and Giovanni Zanalda (DUCIGS). This event is open to the public but registration is required.

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