Science Diplomacy Workshop

Science Diplomacy Workshop

Call for applications for the workshop ‘Science Diplomacy Workshop: translating science into policy.'

Enhancing Universities' contribution to the resilience of communities, business and government through science diplomacy.

The University of Aberdeen and Newcastle University invite expressions of interest from both institutions staff and students to participate in the workshop ‘Science Diplomacy Worksop: translating science into policy'. The workshop will take place virtually from 8 - 11 February 2022 (3 hours per day) and will be framed around the role of science diplomacy in the Global Leaders Summits such as the recent COP26 Climate Summit. 


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted both the growing divide between scientific evidence and government decisions, and the need for coordinated global responses to challenges that do not understand borders. Bridging this gap is urgent, especially in the context of the climate emergency, for what scientists need to better convey their research to policy and diplomacy spheres and ensure that sound scientific data underpins national and international climate resilience decision making processes, agreements and actions.

This workshop will equip researchers from University of Aberdeen and Newcastle University with the knowledge, tools and networks necessary to effect evidence-informed actions to tackle the interdisciplinary challenges of the 2040 Agenda for sustainable development. We will expose researchers to the instruments, language, norms and culture of the world of international policy with a focus on climate negotiations. Participants will gain a better understanding of the scientific entry points to climate governance frameworks and learn how to communicate and package their research to be useful to policy and decision makers.


The workshop is structured around four modules:

  • Module 1 - Introduction to science diplomacy: Participants will be introduced to the concept of science diplomacy and its applications to climate, biodiversity, data and health governance frameworks and policy interfaces. 8th February 2022 | 9am - 12noon
  • Module 2 - How to make your research matter at the negotiation table? Participants will practice their communication and negotiation skills through simulated science diplomacy negotiation scenarios using scenic arts methodologies. They will develop policy briefs based on their research that are directly relevant to the COP26 agenda. 9th February 2022 | 9am - 12noon
  • Module 3 - Impact into practice: Participants will engage with high-level climate experts from the policy, business, multilateral, and non-profit sectors who will share their experience, knowledge and advice for effective research-to-policy engagement in the context of multilateral climate negotiations. Potential Speakers include: Dr  Guerra – Climate and Ocean Science Diplomacy Consultancy; Dr Rojas – Scientific Chief of COP25; Dr Poloczansk – IPCC Author; Dr Guzman Luna – Climate Finance Program; MSc Venkatraman - Global Public Health, Climate Change, Displacement and Migration.  10th February 2022 | 9:00-12:00
  • Module 4 - Mock COP26: Participants will engage in a COP26 mock negotiation simulation game. 11th February 2022 | 9:00-12:00

The workshop is open to both staff and students from University of Aberdeen and Newcastle University interested in elevating the impact of their research in policy processes.

The workshop is organized by Ana Payo Payo (PhD, University of Aberdeen), Adriana Humanes (PhD, Newcastle University), Marga Gual Soler (PhD, SciDipGLOBAL) and  Alicia Pérez Porro (PhD, CREAF). The initiative has been jointly promoted by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Environment and Biodiversity and the School of Biological Sciences and cofunded by the University of Aberdeen Pump-Prime Fund and Newcastle University

Further Information

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted through the online form by 31st January.