Expanding the diplomatic toolkit: the further evolution of science diplomacy

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Monday 20 May

Wolfson College is delighted to announce that the fourth 'Diplomacy for the 21st Century' lecture will be held by Sir Peter Gluckman, Former New Zealand Chief Scientific Advisor.

Science as a tool for diplomacy has been used for several decades and by many countries in the world. But science diplomacy has become much more than international science collaboration: it is primarily the intentional application of science (both natural and social) of scientific expertise in furtherance of diplomatic objectives. 

"Diplomacy is no longer the preserve of diplomats," Sir Tim said. "Nowhere is this truer than in the diplomacy of science, where the need for scientific literacy and training is so important. So who do governments turn to for advice on science in foreign policy? Over ten years ago in New Zealand, Professor Peter Gluckman began to address those issues, as the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister; since then he has seen this field expand exponentially, in areas like climate change, disease response, and disaster response. Hear him talk first-hand about what it has been like educating governments and building a community of foreign policy science specialists," Sir Tim says about the event. 

Sir Peter is a New Zealand scientist. He served the New Zealand Prime Minister from 2009 to 2018. During this time, Gluckman has made national and international contributions to science advice, science policy and science diplomacy. He is a founding member and current Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice and is President-elect of the International Science Council. 


Wolfson Lecture Series: Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Expanding the diplomatic toolkit: the further evolution of science diplomacy
Date: 23 May 2019, 18:15 - 19:15
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