AAAS-TWAS Summer Course on Science Diplomacy 2018 (Fully-funded to Trieste, Italy)

AAAS-TWAS Summer Course on Science Diplomacy 2018 (Fully-funded to Trieste, Italy)

Deadline: April 9, 2018

Applications are invited for participation in AAAS-TWAS Summer Course on Science Diplomacy 2018 taking place from 20 to 24 August 2018 in Trieste, Italy. Organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the course aims to expose participants to some key concepts on the interactions between the scientific and diplomatic communities.

Given the growing role of science and technology in international relations, AAAS and TWAS established a partnership in 2011 focused on science diplomacy training and engagement between the North and the South, including the annual summer course on science diplomacy. The programme includes lectures, workshops, courses and prizes to build a bridge between the worlds of science and diplomacy.

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.


Travel, accommodation and visa expenses will be provided to the selected participants.


The workshop is designed for

  • 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,
  • policymakers and diplomats interested in some of the central science-based themes that might influence their work,
  • research institution administrators and research funders focused on identifying ways to build international networks, and
  • 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.

  • 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.


  • The completed application should be sent via the online system ONLY.
  • To access the online application form click HERE.

Successful candidates will be contacted by mid-May. For any queries contact [email protected]

For more information, visit AAAS-TWAS Course on Science Diplomacy.