Students & Science Diplomacy Workshop


“Students & Science Diplomacy” is a multi-day event including

(1) a public forum on science diplomacy in the arctic,

(2) an arctic council simulation exercise, and

(3) a panel discussion with science diplomacy stakeholders


May 16, 2018


McGill University, Montreal, Qc
and Hotel OMNI

The “Students & Diplomacy event” is comprised of a public forum, an arctic council simulation exercise, and panel discussions with science diplomacy stakeholders.

*** 2 Travel awards available for workshop participants from Northern Canada generously offered by Polar Knowledge Canada ***

May 16th, Morning: Public Forum - “Negotiating the Arctic: a Science Diplomacy Perspective” @ McGill University


The Arctic Council was established in 1996 as a high level intergovernmental organization for cooperation, coordination, and interaction among its eight member states, six Arctic Indigenous communities, and other Arctic inhabitants, mainly focussing on issues related to sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic. With global climate change causing increased melting of ice in the Arctic, there is demand for more robust science and technological cooperation. This requires increased political cooperation and diplomatic efforts. This forum will discuss how the foundation of science diplomacy has been established in the Arctic as well as the possible future trajectories.

Confirmed Speakers
Dr. Paul Berkman (Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy, Tufts)
Dr. Melody Brown Burkins (Associate Director, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College)
Dr. Louis Fortier (Professor, Université Laval)
Dr. Angela Nuliayok-Rudolph (Policy Advisor, Polar Knowledge Canada)

May 16th, Afternoon: “When the Science is not Enough: an Arctic Council Negotiation Simulation” @ McGill University


This workshop, developed by experts at Dartmouth College, will introduce and discuss the role of students and young scientists in science diplomacy. The aim of the workshop is to generate recommendations on how to improve young scientists’ engagement in science diplomacy. Specifically, student participants will gain an understanding of the skills (analytical, ethical) to apply science in a diplomatic framework through an Arctic Council negotiation simulation. During this event, student “delegates” will debate a topical issue associated with the Arctic Council.

Please note: while the main simulation is on May 16th, it is also mandatory for student participants to attend the simulation preparation session on May 2nd (morning).

May 17th, Afternoon: Panel Discussions: Students as Stakeholders in Science Diplomacy: Outlooks for Today and Tomorrow? @ Hotel OMNI


A series of panel discussions directed at government and diplomacy institutions. Experts and stakeholders will participate in panel discussions on how students and young scientists fit into the framework of science diplomacy, including its various sectors, participating agencies, challenges, and its future and potential for action. This event will provide a unique opportunity for participants to hear from and network with experts from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions.

Confirmed Panel Speakers:
Dr. Paul Berkman (Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy, Tufts)
Dr. Masha Cemma (Policy Advisor at the Office of Canada’s Chief Science Advisor)
Dr. Martha Crago (Vice Principal Research & Innovation, McGill University)
Dr. Rees Kassen (Research Chair in Experimental Evolution, University of Ottawa)
Dr. Jan Marco Muller (Science to Policy and Diplomacy Coordinator, IIASA)
Dr. Rémi Quirion (Chief Scientist of Quebec)
Dr. Tom Wang (Director, Centre for Science Diplomacy, AAAS)

Impact for students


The workshop on Day 1 will provide students with a deeper understanding of the role science can play in international diplomacy, as well as the complexities of bringing science into high-level policymaking. This should help prepare students to participate in panel discussions and to network with experts and leaders in science diplomacy on Day 2.

How to Apply


Application Deadline Extended: Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 17:00 EDT
Cost: $30 for the entire “Students & Diplomacy” multi-day event.

Please download our application instructions. and submit your completed application as specified to Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding your application or the event.

All undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply. Early career researchers outside these designations below 35 years of age are also invited to apply.

Applicants accepted to the SPE Students & Science Diplomacy cohort will be notified by mid-April

Here is a wonderful introduction of what is Science Diplomacy by our collaborators
Tom Wang and Marga Gual Soler at AAAS

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Remi Quirion:

(Introductory Speaker) Chief Scientist of Quebec

Paul Berkman:

Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy, Tufts

Melody Brown Burkins:

Associate Director, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College

Louis Fortier:

Professor, Université Laval

Angela Nuliayok-Rudolph:

Policy Advisor, Polar Knowledge Canada

Masha Cemma:

Policy Advisor at the Office of Canada’s Chief Science Advisor

Martha Crago:

Vice Principal Research & Innovation, McGill University

Rees Kassen:

Research Chair in Experimental Evolution, University of Ottawa

Jan Marco Muller:

Science to Policy and Diplomacy Coordinator, IIASA

Tom Wang:

Director, Centre for Science Diplomacy, AAAS


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