AAAS-TWAS Course on Science Diplomacy 2019


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Location (s):

  • Italy


The third edition of a workshop on “Policy and Diplomacy for Scientists: Introduction to Responsible Research Practices in Chemical and Biochemical Sciences” will be held from 9 to 13 September 2019 at the headquarters of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy. The workshop will be organised in collaboration between TWAS and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP).


Purpose of the event

The objective of the workshop is to raise awareness among young scientists on the policy and diplomacy aspects that are related to the use of chemicals in various scientific disciplines, including chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, and other related fields. In particular, scientists will be updated on the Chemical Weapons Convention (hereinafter “the Convention”) and other international treaties and regulatory tools governing the transfer and use of chemicals. Aspects related to sustainability, ethics, and responsibility in research practices, as well as safety and security norms and standards in science, will also be addressed. The ultimate goal of the event will be to bridge the gap between scientists and policymakers and to promote the adoption of responsible and sustainable practices by scientists in low- and middle-income Member States of the OPCW.

This event is being implemented as part of the capacity-building programmes on the peaceful applications of chemistry under Article XI of the Convention and within the scope of the OCPW initiative on education and outreach.

The thematic focus of the event has been set in consideration of the convergence of chemistry and biology, i.e. the continuously shrinking gap in the practical and commercial applications of these two disciplines. The recent developments in areas where chemistry and biology overlap, such as biotechnology and biobased chemistry, are steadily gaining an important role in chemical production, while an increasing part of chemistry research is targeting biochemical objects or exploring bioresources, including in the areas of drug design, natural products chemistry, bioenergy, and biorefineries, among others.


The five-day workshop will include theoretical lectures and interactive sessions on the following topics:

  1. The work of international organisations in the promotion and control of the science and technology (S&T) and industrial activities in chemical and biochemical sciences, and related regulations imposed by the international treaties;
  2. The impact of developments in S&T on international security and on the implementation of international treaties;
  3. Science advice and science diplomacy;
  4. The concept of sustainability in industrial and research activities;
  5. Issues related to the multiple uses of science;
  6. Ethics in science and responsible research practices; and
  7. A study tour on a selected topic.

The workshop will accommodate a maximum of 25 participants who will be selected based on their qualifications and experience.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:


The workshop is designed for

(1) young scientists (below the age of 40) living and working in developing countries whose research and wider engagement has brought them into the international policy-making arena,

(2) policymakers and diplomats interested in some of the central science-based themes that might influence their work,

(3) research institution administrators and research funders focused on identifying ways to build international networks, and

(4) 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.

Spaces are reserved for a number of young scientists from developing countries (up to the age of 40), as well as scientists and/or government officials, etc, also from developing countries, with more experience in the international policymaking arena (‘science diplomacy ambassadors’).

Women are especially encouraged to apply.


Deadline: June 28, 2019

Program Starts: September 09, 2019

Program Ends: September 13, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

  • Travel, accommodation and visa expenses will be provided to the selected participants.
  • A limited number of spaces for self-funded candidates from any country will also be available
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