Science diplomacy takes many forms: When nations come together to negotiate cooperative agreements on fisheries management or infectious disease monitoring, they need scientific expertise. When scientists come together for complex multi-national projects in astronomy or physics, their nations devise diplomatic agreements on management and financing. And when political relations between two nations are strained or broken, joint research efforts can give them a way to keep talking – and to build trust. Today, the need for science diplomacy is growing. In collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), TWAS is leading a programme that includes lectures, workshops, courses and prizes to build a bridge between the worlds of science and diplomacy.
Call for applications: BA-TWAS-AAAS Regional Workshop on Science Diplomacy
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) through the Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP), The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries’ Arab Regional Partner (TWAS-AREP) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are seeking candidates to participate in the regional workshop on science diplomacy, that will be held on 17-21 June 2019 in Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt.
The workshop is the second among a series of courses within specific regions, launched by AAAS and TWAS, to better address relevant regional science diplomacy issues.
This workshop is designed for young Arab scientists (below the age of 40) living and working in the Arab Region, whose research and wider engagement have brought them into the international policy-making arena, as well as policymakers and diplomats interested in some of the central science-based themes that might influence their work, in addition to representatives from NGOs and other sectors working at the science-diplomacy interface. Alumni will join a global network of young leaders and innovators reaching across borders to address societal challenges and become agents of change in their countries and sectors.
Special consideration will be given to applications from refugee young Arab young scientists who come from countries suffering from war but may be living in other countries.
The completed application should be submitted via the online system which is accessible HERE
Deadline to apply - 17 March 2019.
For any inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Israa Elfayoumi
Head, Researchers' Support and Development Unit
Scientific Activities Section
Center for Special Studies & Programs (CSSP)
Academic Research Sector
Library of Alexandria
Tel: +203 483 9999 Ext: 6142
Fax:+203 482 0469
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