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AAAS-TWAS Summer Course on Science and Diplomacy

AAAS and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Summer Course on Science Diplomacy, originally scheduled to be held on July 10-13, 2020 in Trieste, Italy, has been rescheduled for September 21-24, 2020 in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Selected participants will be contacted directly with additional information. 

The course is no longer accepting applications. 

The AAAS-TWAS Science Diplomacy training program was established in 2014 to expose scientists, policymakers, diplomats and other interested stakeholders and institutions to science diplomacy concepts, explore key contemporary international policy issues relating to science, technology, environment and health, and build a skillset to allow for careers at the intersection of science and diplomacy. Over the past years, we have trained several hundred emerging leaders from more than 50 countries to address science diplomacy from global and regional perspectives. 

This course will expose participants to key contemporary international policy issues relating to science, technology, environment and health, while providing an overview of how technical information has contributed to different policy developments and international structures. Another focus of the course will be a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the roles of governments, international organizations and the private sector in complex science-based issues, and how different governance structures are developed to address the needs and involvement of these different stakeholders.


The workshop is designed for (1) young scientists (below the age of 40) living and working in developing countries whose research and wider engagement has brought them into the international policy-making arena, (2) policymakers and diplomats interested in some of the central science-based themes that might influence their work, (3) research institution administrators and research funders focused on identifying ways to build international networks, and (4) representatives from NGOs and other sectors working at the science-diplomacy interface.

Alumni will join a global network of young leaders and innovators reaching across borders to address societal challenges and become agents of change in their countries and sectors.


Travel, accommodation and visa expenses will be provided to the selected participants.

Spaces are reserved for a number of young scientists (up to the age of 40), as well as scientists and/or government officials, etc, with more experience in the international policymaking arena (‘science diplomacy ambassadors’).

A limited number of spaces for self-funded candidates will also be available.

Women candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants from the 66 Science & Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) and – within this group - the 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are especially encouraged to apply.

The completed application should be sent via the online system. Submission of applications by email cannot be accepted.

To access the online application, click here

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Event Contact

Estefania Ortiz Calva

Program Associate, Center for Science Diplomacy

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