Science for Policy and Science Diplomacy trainings for new COST Actions

  • COST Association, Brussels, BE
    June 19, 2024 09:00 - June 20, 2024 17:00
  • Day 1: Science for Policy training
    June 19, 2024 09:00 - June 19, 2024 15:45
  • Day 2: Science Diplomacy training
    June 20, 2024 09:00 - June 20, 2024 17:00

Science for Policy and Science Diplomacy trainings for COST Actions 2024

In a time when we observe an increasingly important role for science-informed policy advice and science diplomacy, the topics of these two upcoming trainings are highly relevant. COST is offering this dual training session with the aim to assist new COST Actions in navigating their efforts towards achieving policy impact and exercising science diplomacy. Participants may expect to leave the training with an increased knowledge and skills set that will help them to develop and implement an optimal stakeholder engagement strategy for their Action. The S4P and Science Diplomacy training sessions will offer a source of inspiration for potential new activities organised by new COST Actions.

Science for Policy training
In an attempt to offer guidance to running Actions that wish to increase their policy impact, the event on 19 June is structured around the JRC Competence Framework ‘Science for Policy’ for researchers. The training will present participants with a comprehensive overview of success factors, tips, and good practices, covering a range of topics, including when and how to approach stakeholders, effective ways of communicating (complex) research findings relevant for policy, and the need to consider the timeliness of your messaging. The second part of the training will focus on an interactive element, where participants are invited to discuss and exchange ideas about how to develop and effective stakeholder engagement strategy.

International cooperation training and networking
The Science Diplomacy training taking place on 20 June in the morning is designed to provide participants with a clear understanding of the principles and practices of science diplomacy, and its relevance to addressing global (scientific) challenges. It will equip them with the necessary knowledge to engage in effective communication and collaboration with diverse stakeholders, including policymakers, diplomats, and the public, in order to promote science-based solutions to pressing global issues. A team of experts in science diplomacy will lead the training, which will consist of a series of interactive sessions, discussions, and case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from their vast experience and engage in meaningful dialogue with their fellow COST Action participants from different countries and disciplines.
COST and NSF AccelNet Programs have been closely collaborating in the last couple of years following COST Actions and AccelNet projects reaching out to each other to start a collaboration and building network of networks. Linked to the training on Science Diplomacy, a meeting on 20 June in the afternoon will allow participants to mutually learn about the two funding programs supporting international scientific networking while also will provide space for a first meeting and direct exchange with current AccelNet project leaders identifying synergies and possible further collaboration.

Registration is possible by invitation only.
If you are participating in a new COST Action and you are interested in these trainings, please contact the policy officers in charge: Ms Judith Litjens for the Science for Policy workshop and Ms Katalin Alföldi for the Science Diplomacy training.


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