How can we develop an international strategy for international collaboration in science, technology and innovation to meet global challenges?
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I refer to the Paris workshop on science diplomacy in February this year and the follow up to the OECD-project on the governance of international STI-collaboration for global challenges (STIG).
As many of you will know, we have set up this blog for dissemination of information on this topic. I have added two blog posts on the seminar here and here.
Now is the time to discuss future efforts in this area.
I would like to share with you the notes Klaus Matthes,the Science Adviser to the German embassy in Paris, made from the workshop. Not only do these notes included important points made during the presentations and the following discussions. They also includes general observation as regards the needs for future action in this field.
Klaus Matthes makes the following observation:
“Considering that science diplomacy is still a vague and nebulous policy term - especially concerning the relevant activities of the German and French government - we believe, that it might be helpful, if science itself takes it up as a research project with the goal to make concrete proposals what governments could or should undertake. My idea - according to our STIG-approach - is to ask competent scientists in interested countries to work on this in an open network, supported by OECD-CSTP or by ICSU.”
His proposal addresses two important pressing needs identified by the STIG-project: The need to identify urgent challenges requiring an STI response, and finding ways to make this urgency felt in the global public arena.
My question to you is this: Do you think this is the right way of addressing these problems? Do you have other suggestions as regards future action in this area?
I suggest you add comments and proposals as comments to this blog post. (Click on "comments" below!).
Former Chair of the OECD STIG