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Special Issue: Science Diplomacy – 15 Years On

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In 2010, AAAS and The Royal Society released New Frontiers in Science Diplomacy, a document that played an important role in defining the concept of science diplomacy. As the report approaches its 15th anniversary, AAAS and The Royal Society are considering whether revisions to the document are necessary to ensure its validity for another 15 years and beyond.

Science & Diplomacy is therefore launching a call for a special issue titled, “Science Diplomacy – 15 Years On.” Prospective authors submitting to the issue should consider questions such as what is science diplomacy in the 21st century, and what are the potential downsides or unintended consequences of science diplomacy? In preparing responses, ask what seems to be missing from the 2010 framework, or what assumptions within it have since changed?

For more context on the original framework and the topics that the editorial team is seeking to cover in this special issue, see “Science Diplomacy – 15 Years On.”

For the issue, we are seeking perspectives from a broad group of science diplomacy stakeholders. That includes scientists working at the intersection of science and foreign policy; diplomats working in science, technology, and innovation; and stakeholders working in technology companies, state or local government, and non-governmental organizations.

Submission period: January 31 – March 31, 2024.

To submit: Outline the premise of your perspective using the following form by Sunday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET:

The editorial team will then select submissions based on the quality and originality of ideas, while ensuring that a diverse range of perspectives, both globally and in terms of subject matter, are represented. The editorial team will request complete manuscripts from selected authors in May 2024.

Acceptable Manuscripts: This special issue seeks perspectives of up to 1,000 words that present a provocative argument or unique consideration about the future of science diplomacy. Manuscripts must follow the Chicago Manual of Style for their citations and should only be sent in upon the request of the editorial team.


Kimberly Montgomery

Director, International Affairs and Science Diplomacy

Estefania Ortiz Calva

Senior Program Associate, Center for Science Diplomacy

Katie Garner

Program Assistant for International Affairs and Science Diplomacy

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