July 19-30, 2021 – 2 weeks
Call for applications: December 5, 2020 – March 31, 2021 via the VIU website
Science Diplomacy is a tool that recognizes science as a process for pursuing evidence and diplomacy as a process for dialogue and cooperation between different stakeholders. In our increasingly interconnected world, there is a growing need for science diplomacy as we are confronted by issues concerning agriculture or trade, automation or cryptocurrencies, peace & security, global health pandemics, and climate change, among many other complex challenges. Our decision-making power is strengthened or weakened by the relevance, timeliness, reliability, and communication of information in a fast-paced changing environment. While academia includes specialties in translational science, public policy, health policy and other policy-related fields, these programs do not address the needs of the vast matrix of other scientific disciplines to provide students with training and tools to effectively partner and communicate with non-scientists, whether they are policy-makers, community leaders or the general public. This is Science Diplomacy at its core—partnerships to “eliminate cultural, sectoral, and knowledge barriers.
William Pan, Duke University, USA (Scientific Coordinator)
Giulia Costa, Tor Vergata University of Rome, Italy
Philip Landigran, Boston College, USA
Kurt Straif, Boston College, USA
Marco Marani, University of Padova, Italy
Sonia Silvestri, University of Bologna, Italy
Chris Lara, Sustainable Healthy Habitats & Healthy Humans, United Nations
Marga Gual Soler, Center for Science Diplomacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Third World Academy of Science (TWAS)
Who is it for?
Graduate students (Master’s and PhD) from various disciplines: Global / Public Health, Environmental Science, Economics & Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology & Demography, Biology, Engineering, Clinical Medicine.
1- Introduction to the concepts of science diplomacy;
2- Raise awareness among young scientists of the role of science diplomacy has in building consensus and finding common interests among stakeholders (nations, communities, industries, NGOs, universities, etc.) to address local and global challenges related to economic development, environmental conservation, and human well-being;
3- Review case studies associated with local (or global) response and negotiations to complex problems such as air pollution (i.e. Padova), Sea Level Rise (e.g. Venice), gold mining and mercury pollution (e.g. Amazon), and emerging diseases (e.g. COVID-19).
Students will leave this workshop with the fundamental understanding of how to identify and communicate with stakeholders connected to their research.
Students from VIU member universities:
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The fees will cover tuition, course materials, lunches in the San Servolo cafeteria (10 working days on campus), social events.
Student participants will be responsible for covering their own travel expenses to and from Venice and local transportation.
VIU Alumni are eligible for a reduced fee.
PhD candidates and post-docs from universities in EU universities may be eligible for Erasmus+ mobility grant support. Candidates should consult the International Office in their own university for information about the calls for applications for funding. VIU will provide any supporting documentation requested for such applications. Contact VIU Erasmus office: email@example.com
Venice International University offers its support to book accommodation on San Servolo Campus, in multiple rooms (triple/quadruple) with other participants for the duration of the Summer School: further information about costs will be provided in the application form.
Admitted candidates will be notified by April 10, 2021 and asked to pay the tuition fee and accommodation (if requested) by April 20, 2021.
Applicants must submit the application form, a letter of motivation – which should include a brief description of the candidate’s research interests, a curriculum vitae and a photo.
The Program will admit up to 25 student participants.
Number of ECTS equivalence: 4
Students will receive a certificate of attendance.
For further information, please download the Brochure or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
As the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, VIU will continue to monitor the situation, and in the event that it is not possible to confirm the program on the VIU campus as scheduled, other practicable solutions will be evaluated. Applicants and confirmed participants will be informed of any changes.