Venezia, Italy

Science Diplomacy in the age of Climate Change

when 17 July 2023 - 22 July 2023
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 600

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.

Course leader

William Pan, Duke University, USA (Scientific Coordinator)

Target group

Graduate students (Master’s and PhD) from various disciplines: Global / Public Health, Environmental Science, Economics & Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology & Demography, Biology, Engineering, Clinical Medicine. Advanced Undergraduate students will be also considered.

Course aim

1- Introduction to the concepts of science diplomacy;

2- Raise awareness among young scientists of the role of science diplomacy in building consensus and finding common interests among stakeholders (nations, regions, communities, industries, NGOs, universities, etc.) to address local and global challenges related to, for example, balancing economic development, environmental conservation, and human well-being;

3- Gain skills in stakeholder assessment, science communication and negotiation;

4- Review of case studies associated with local (or global) response and negotiations to complex problems such as air pollution (e.g., Padova), Sea Level Rise (e.g., Venice), gold mining and mercury pollution (e.g., Amazon), and emerging diseases (e.g., COVID-19).

Students will leave this workshop with the fundamental understanding of how to identify and communicate with stakeholders connected to their research.

Credits info

3 EC
Students will receive a certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 600: Students from VIU member universities.
EUR 1200: Other applicants.

The fees will cover tuition, course materials, lunches in the San Servolo cafeteria (6 working days on campus), social events.
Student participants will be responsible for covering their own travel expenses to and from Venice and local transportation.

VIU Alumni are eligible for a reduced fee.


PhD candidates and post-docs from EU universities may be eligible for Erasmus+ mobility grant support.
Contact VIU Erasmus office: