VIU Summer School | Science Diplomacy: Improving Capacity of Science to Inform Policy

July 18-23, 2022 | Application deadline: March 31, 2022

Science Diplomacy is a tool that recognizes science as a process for pursuing evidence and diplomacy as a process for dialogue and cooperation between different stakeholders. In our increasingly interconnected world, there is a growing need for science diplomacy as we are confronted by issues concerning agriculture or trade, automation or cryptocurrencies, peace & security, global health pandemics, and climate change, among many other complex challenges. Our decision-making power is strengthened or weakened by the relevance, timeliness, reliability, and communication of information in a fast-paced changing environment. While academia includes specialties in translational science, public policy, health policy and other policy-related fields, these programs do not address the needs of the vast matrix of other scientific disciplines to provide students with training and tools to effectively partner and communicate with non-scientists, whether they are policy-makers, community leaders or the general public. This is Science Diplomacy at its core—partnerships to eliminate cultural, sectoral, and knowledge barriers.

Scientific Coordinator
William Pan, Duke University, USA

Who is it for?
Graduate students (Master’s and PhD) from various disciplines: Global / Public Health, Environmental Science, Economics & Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology & Demography, Biology, Engineering, Clinical Medicine.

ECTS equivalence: 3
A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.

EUR 600: Students of VIU member universities
EUR 1200: Students of other universities
VIU Alumni are eligible for a reduced fee.

Participants will be responsible for covering their own travel expenses to and from Venice and local transportation and accommodation.

PhD candidates and post-docs from EU universities may be eligible for Erasmus+ mobility grant support. Candidates should consult the International Office in their own university for information about the calls for applications for funding.

For further information, please visit the School webpage or contact