- Geneva Science Diplomacy Week – 8-12 May 2023 – Day Five
- Geneva Science Diplomacy Week – 8-12 May 2023 – Day Four
- Geneva Science Diplomacy Week – 8-12 May 2023 – Day Three
- Geneva Science Diplomacy Week – 8-12 May 2023 – Day Two
- Geneva Science Diplomacy Week – 8-12 May 2023 – Day One
- GESDA and NYUAD commit to promoting quantum computing for the SDGs through long-term collaboration
- GESDA, GCSP and Columbia University launch a program to anticipate the future of peace and war
- GESDA publishes the proceedings of its Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator Summit 2022
- Apply for the 2023 Science Diplomacy Week immersion program!
- Debated in Davos: science as a potential driver for renewed multilateralism.
- GESDA strengthens its ties with South Africa by participating in the World Science Forum
- The GESDA Foundation organizes its scale-up phase 2022-2032
- A survey to hear your thoughts on the Open Quantum Institute
- The President of the Swiss Confederation takes part in the closing session of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipation Summit with his colleagues from the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Estonia, Morocco and Mexico
- GESDA Foundation proposes the creation of an Open Quantum Institute at Geneva within 5 years
- An OECD delegation at GESDA headquarters
- Peter Brabeck-Letmathe presents GESDA’s plans to the Swiss Ambassadors’ conference
- Second GESDA Summit ahead: Science and Diplomacy in the spotlight in Geneva!
- University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor and GESDA Board Member Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng hosts first science of the future webinar in the framework of the new UCT-GESDA Youth and Anticipation Initiative
- The Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) is putting science on the global diplomatic agenda
- Science Diplomacy Week – Geneva – 16-20 May 2022 – Day Five
- Science Diplomacy Week – Geneva – 16-20 May 2022 – Day Four
- Science Diplomacy Week – Geneva – 16-20 May 2022 – Day Three
- Science Diplomacy Week – Geneva – 16-20 May 2022 – Day Two
- Science Diplomacy Week – Geneva – 16-20 May 2022 – Day One
- The GESDA Foundation adopts its 2022 programme of activities
- The Proceedings of the first GESDA Summit are now available – dive into them!
- Science diplomacy: Federal Council continues to support GESDA Foundation after successful pilot phase
- GESDA extends its gratitude to the Swiss Government for 10-year validation
- GESDA pilot phase 2019-2022 at a glance
- Professor Hengartner erklärt: So sieht die Zukunft in fünf Jahren aus
- GESDA gathers 14 Institutions to launch a Science Diplomacy Week in International Geneva for current and future leaders in science and diplomacy
- Joint event SDI-GESDA: Exploring Future Trends Together
- New programs launched to train anticipatory science diplomacy leaders
- New GESDA ‘radar’ identifies 216 emerging global science breakthroughs
- XPRIZE & Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator launch partnership to design a quantum computing competition and establish European headquarters
- GESDA Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe interviewed on World Radio Switzerland
- Novel science and diplomacy anticipator poised to forge ahead
- General Assembly of the Diplomatic Club of Geneva: Speech by Mr. Ivan Pictet
- Three additional high-ranking speakers announced for the first Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipation Summit
- Alexandre Fasel: «En tant qu’Etat hôte, notre rôle est d’anticiper les révolutions scientifiques à venir»
- Singapore’s Covid-19 strategy, still setting the ‘gold standard’?
- ASEAN Ambassadors visit GESDA at Campus Biotech
- Fondation pour Genève partners with GESDA to boost anticipatory science
- Leading global voices to participate in first GESDA Summit on the future of anticipatory science diplomacy
- Michael Møller, président du forum diplomatique de GESDA, décoré de la Légion d’honneur
- GESDA sharing its expertise for a workshop on AI, tech diplomacy and conflict resolution
- Decarbonisation technologies also address other environmental problems
- “We, humans, have to be able to interpret what algorithms say”
- How to design AI for the greater good
- “Plus de science dans la diplomatie, plus de diplomatie dans la science”
- ‘Laws alone are no match for the power of AI’
- Science diplomacy: a slogan or a concrete asset for society?
- Science diplomacy and cross-border cooperation focus of German-speaking foreign ministers’ meeting in Lugano
- Press release: GESDA to hold inaugural summit in October for global diplomacy initiatives based on emerging science breakthroughs
- Looking retrospectively at 18 months of activity: the GESDA Activity Report 2019 & 2020 is out
- L’ambassadeur Alexandre Fasel, nommé premier représentant spécial pour la diplomatie scientifique à Genève
- The first GESDA Science & Diplomacy Plenary session, as seen by the participants
- GESDA supports International Day of Women and Girls in Science
- GESDA Board Member Chorh Chuan Tan’s Best Reads
- Michael Møller interviewed on World Radio Switzerland
- GESDA Board Member Sir Jeremy Farrar’s Best Reads
- Strong media interest for GESDA’s announcement of Diplomacy Forum members
- Ignazio Cassis: science and diplomacy key to inclusive development
- GESDA gathers its high-level academic and diplomacy panels to leverage anticipatory science advances and address emerging global challenges in an innovative way
- Samantha Besson, membre du Conseil de Fondation GESDA, inaugure sa leçon « Reconstruire l’ordre institutionnel international » au Collège de France
- Science’s valuable lessons from journeys into the unknown
- Ignazio Cassis met GESDA en lumière dans son éditorial de «Politorbis»
- GESDA described in « Ticino Welcome », the magazine for business and society of the Canton of Ticino
- The future practice of data governance in debate
- GESDA included by the Geneva Internet Platform in its Digital Atlas
- GESDA Executive Team Stéphane Decoutère’s Best Reads
- I-DAIR launches its incubation phase
- The imperative of a new multilateralism – enhanced by science
- Micheline Calmy-Rey: How AI could become the new frontier in conflict resolution
- The importance of science anticipation
- GESDA Diplomacy Forum Michael Møller’s Best Reads
- Matthias Egger reelected as President of the National Research Council
- Hungry for daily science anticipation news? GESDA is now live on social media!
- Le job des patrons des EPF est « un honneur »
- GESDA Board Member Peter Brabeck-Letmathe’s Best Reads
- Publication of GESDA Progress Report No1 (July 2020)
Photo by Michael Chiribau, UNITAR Division for Multilateral Diplomacy
Greetings and welcome to a brief news update on the second day of Geneva Science Diplomacy Week 2023. For this second edition, GESDA and 17 partners from Geneva, Swiss and global institutions are hosting an impressive cohort of 30 leaders from 25 countries.
At the Tuesday morning session, organized by the International Network for Government Science Advice, the classroom was transformed into a high-level meeting on the future governance of neurotechnologies, with each participant taking on the role of diplomat, researcher, human rights activist or industry leader. The role play scenario threw the players out of their usual roles, and their comfort zones, introducing new levels of uncertainty.
“I found the game uncomfortable but I know that’s the point,” Leah Soroko, a political scientist and manager of strategic research initiatives with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, told a debriefing toward the end of the day.
The scenario allowed the participants to better understand how the different stakeholder groups would behave in approaching the same problem from different sectors, countries and perspectives.
Kritika Roy, who works as a threat intelligence researcher for the Germany cybersecurity firm DCSO while studying for her master’s degree in international affairs, said “getting into the international perspective, not the national interests of individual countries– that was tough.”
Hatim Aznague, a climate justice advocate and activist from Morocco who is leading bilateral and multilateral communications and negotiations on climate change and climate diplomacy for his government to the UN-brokered international climate talks, said the role-playing fascinated him because he could use it to bridge the “gap” between scientists and policymakers, whose positions must move closer to the science, not the other way around. “We need to use a simple and attractive language that others can understand,” he said.
The “power game” of diplomatic relations doesn’t alway work in the most powerful country’s favor, said Ambassador Sabina Stadler, a veteran diplomat who serves as chief strategist for Slovenia’s foreign ministry and formerly was her country’s UN Permanent Representative in Geneva.
“There is always a bit of back and forth and knowing the person sitting across the table,” she said while acknowledging that some of the scenarios and role playing on Tuesday elicited insecurity. “You have to understand what the other is doing, that’s what life is all about.”
The role playing helped Munira Raji, a sustainable geoscience and natural capital research fellow at the University of Plymouth, “understand the soft power role” that diplomats from major economies sometimes use to exert influence over less powerful and poorer countries.
“Today was the day when the immersion concept really became clear and we all took some risks with the role play,” said Kyle Gustafson, a physicist working as science director for the Office of Naval Research Global in Brazil, where he scouts and funds research globally.
The afternoon session also involved experimentation and innovation on diplomatic methods. The Science in Diplomacy Lab (SiDLab), established between the University of Geneva and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich, conducted a workshop on computational diplomacy, where participants were given data sets on the UN General Assembly’s resolutions since 1948 and used network analysis to uncover patterns and diplomatic positions on issues ranging from women’s rights to global health or nuclear nonproliferation.
Francisco Ashley Acedillo, a military veteran who serves as a chief of staff and cybersecurity adviser in the Senate of the Philippines, said the scenarios recalled for him the importance of three levels of action: tactical, operational and strategic.
“From the perspective of science diplomacy, our role is strategic – we need to become intermediaries of the producers of knowledge, the scientists, and those that can operationalize it,” he said. “We need to put this all together, scale it up, and speed up its propagation.”
Tricca Thato Morokong, an assistant director for African multilateral cooperation at South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation, said the sessions showed the complexity of multilateralism and difficulty in “reconciling different intents” among competing interests.
Computational diplomacy and neurotechnologies are two examples of the ‘dots’ in the GESDA Science Breakthrough Radar. Throughout the Science Diplomacy Week, the topics come to life through experiential learning, offering a simulator-type experience such as a pilot might need when learning how to fly.
“We use simulations because it’s the only way that you can really understand what it’s like to be a diplomat or a scientist when trying to solve a problem where both are needed,” GESDA’s Head of Science Diplomacy Capacity Building Marga Gual Soler summed up. “And hopefully it’s fun as well. Having fun helps anchor the learning and allow the experiences to endure.”