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Science Diplomacy 2018 SciDipEd Workshop

1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Are you a student or early-career professional interested in science diplomacy? Are you part of a science diplomacy student group, club or course? Want to experience science diplomacy in action?

As a part of the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy’s ongoing Science Diplomacy Education Network (SciDipEd) initiative, please join us, along with the Science and Education Policy Association (SEPA), on September 13 for a stimulating pre-conference workshop to share practices and exchange perspectives on science diplomacy education and training and participate in a hands-on climate diplomacy negotiation simulation.

About SciDipEd

The Science Diplomacy Education Network (SciDipEd) is the platform bringing together educators and students at universities in the United States and around the world interested in formal and informal science diplomacy education. SciDipEd aims to advance the intellectual and practical foundations of educating about science diplomacy, support its expansion in formal and informal education settings, and serve as a hub to institutional and individual partners to stimulate the exchange of resources and ideas.

Mercury Game
2018 Science Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop participants playing The Mercury Game, a negotiation simulation to learn about the role of science in international enviornmental policy making  | Credit: Marga Gual Soler

About the World Climate Simulation

The World Climate simulation game is a role-play exercise that provides a unique opportunity to debate a real world science diplomacy concern by mimicking the UN climate change negotiations. During gameplay, participants will be immersed in negotiations requiring them to advocate for their own position while also taking into account the many competing interests that come into play during diplomacy and policy making. Alongside these collaborative negotiations, participants will have a chance to meet and network with peers while learning the science behind global climate change. Climate Interactive developed the World Climate simulation in partnership with Professor John Sterman at MIT.

About SEPA

The Science and Education Policy Association (SEPA) is a graduate student and postdoc-led organization among Weill Cornell, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Rockefeller University in New York City. The group educates scientists on the intersection of science and policy, explores science or education policy as a career path, and trains scientists to communicate to non-scientific audiences for advocacy and general public outreach. 


SEPA, part of the National Science Policy Network, will be hosting its Annual Science Policy Symposium in New York City on November 10, 2018. Registration is open. 




Welcome and Program Overview

  • Tom Wang | Chief International Officer and Director of the Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS


Introductions from science diplomacy student groups

  • Sarah Ackerman | Science and Education Policy Association (SEPA) in New York City part of the National Science Policy Network (NSPN)
  • Tina Gruosso and Neha Bhutani | Science & Policy Exchange Montreal, Canada
  • Jean-Christophe Mauduit | Co-founder, Fletcher Science Diplomacy Club, Tufts University
  • Erin Reagan | Penn Science Policy and Diplomacy Group, University of Pennsylvania
  • Donovan Guttieres MIT Technology Policy Master's student and Focal Point for the Science-Policy Interface Platform of the UN Major Group for Children & Youth

Moderated by Marga Gual Soler, Senior Project Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS


Coffee break





Panel: "What Future for Young Science Diplomats?" This session aims to highlight how young practitioners from academia, government and the UN system can participate in science diplomacy in their respective fields:

  • Beyond age boundaries: Is there a generational divide in the field? How can we promote intergenerational capacity building?
  • Beyond gender boundaries: Are there gender barriers in the field? How can we close the gap and ensure meaningful inclusion?
  • Beyond siloed education: How can curriculum promote interdisciplinary dialogue and lifelong learning? Do diplomas such as a PhD matter to the practice of science diplomacy?
  • What kind of educational pathways could be opened to foster young science diplomats and help bridge the gap between science and diplomacy today for a more sustainable tomorrow?


  • Ronit Prawer | Director of the UK Government's Science and Innovation Network for the Eastern USA, British Consulate-General in Boston
  • Jean-Christophe Mauduit | Visiting Scholar, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, former Associate Director, Science Diplomacy Center at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Donovan Guttieres | MIT Technology Policy Master's student and Focal Point for the Science-Policy Interface Platform of the UN Major Group for Children & Youth
  • Yekatarina Kontar, Postdoctoral Scholar, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University


World Climate Simulation: Climate Science Presentation and Assignment of Groups

Led by John Sterman (MIT) and the Science and Education Policy Association (SEPA)


Lunch (on your own)


Simulation: Recap of game and first round negotiations


Simulation: Speeches, C-roads, and results


Coffee break


Simulation: second round negotiations


Simulation: Speeches, C-roads, results


Simulation: Debrief



  • Marga Gual Soler, Senior Project Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS


Registration for the pre-conference workshop is complimentary and does not include access to the Science Diplomacy 2018 conference. To attend the main conference on September 14 you must register separately

By registering, you agree to participate for the full day and take part in the World Climate simulation and review the materials sent to you by the organizers in advance.