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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington DC, USA, and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy are seeking candidates to participate in the AAAS-TWAS Course on Science and Diplomacy to be held in Trieste, Italy, from 20 to 24 August 2018. The application deadline is 9 April 2018. More details can de found here: https://twas.org/opportunity/aaas-twas-course-science-diplomacy-2018

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.

PARTICIPANTS

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.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS 

  • Travel, accommodation and visa expenses will be provided to the selected participants.
  • Spaces are reserved for a number of young scientists from developing countries (up to the age of 40), as well as scientists and/or government officials, etc, also from developing countries, with more experience in the international policymaking arena (‘science diplomacy ambassadors’).
  • A limited number of spaces for self-funded candidates from any country will also be available.
  • Women are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Deadline for sending applications is 9 April 2018.
  • The completed application should be sent via the online system ONLY.
  • To access the online application form click HERE.
  • An expert committee will be established by TWAS and AAAS to review the applications received.
  • Successful candidates will be informed by mid May.
  • For more information on the science and diplomacy programme, please see http://twas.org/science-diplomacy.
  • For any queries contact sciencediplomacy@twas.org

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