SDG Bergen

Science Diplomacy in the age of the SDGs

SDG Bergen Science Advice invites SDG-oriented researchers to a special workshop on how the 2030 Agenda affects the science-policy nexus, scientific advice and science diplomacy.

SDG Bergen Science Advice (SDG BSA) has long been working along the science-policy nexus. On behalf of the University of Bergen, SDG BSA has arranged official side events at COP24 in Katowice, the 2019 High-level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York and Our Ocean 2019 in Oslo, in partnership with diplomats and scientists from our global network. The June 2019 Bergen Summer Research School was devoted to the science-policy nexus, with Dr. Edvard Hviding of SDG BSA as scientific director.

For this event on Day Zero at the 2020 SDG Conference Bergen, SDG BSA wants to highlight its activities on the science-policy nexus with a special presentation of science diplomacy.

Science diplomacy is a term used for scientific cooperation to build international partnerships. As well as collaborations between scientific institutions such partnerships may encompass international organisations, nation states, diplomacy, government agencies, voluntary organisations/civil society, and business/industry. Universities and university networks can engage in science diplomacy and create innovative channels for scientific advice.

The workshop will focus on partnerships and how universities can work together through university networks and joint projects to impact on policies in general and the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in particular. Researchers will present projects from around Europe and their experiences in the science-policy nexus and activities as science diplomats.

The target group for this workshop is SDG-oriented researchers, in particular PhDs, postdoctoral fellows and researchers early in their career, who want to learn more on how to contribute to the science-policy nexus.

The workshop is by invitation or upon request. If you wish to participate or for other enquiries, please contact the workshop secretariat.

Programme (preliminary):

Interested parties may participate in an informal reception 17:00-18:00 as part of Day Zero at the 2020 SDG Conference Bergen.

  • An update to the workshop description and of the programme and the list of speakers will be published in early January 2020.