Science & Diplomacy

Anno Accademico: 

  • 2017-2018


Primo Anno


This course will explain the students how the scientific information and research flows into the international community. Through a solid theoretical background, today and historical examples and high-level guests, students will have a solid overview of the connections between science and diplomacy, based on the so called three pillars (science for diplomacy, diplomacy for science, science in diplomacy). At the end of the course a simulation about the ways science interacts with diplomacy will tests students' knowledge of the issues. This course will be taught in English.


Programma del corso: 

1st lesson - What is science diplomacy

This lesson will focus on:

  • introduction to the course
  • how science flows into the international arena
  • what is science diplomacy
  • introducing the three pillars


2nd lesson - Science for diplomacy, diplomacy for science
This lesson will focus on:

  • What is science for diplomacy (pillar 1)
  • What is diplomacy for science (pillar 2)


3rd lesson - Science in Diplomacy

This lesson will focus on:

  • What is science in diplomacy (pillar 3)
    Introduction to the simulation


4th lesson – Simulation

In this lesson students will be asked to join a simulation of science diplomacy, to produce and discuss publicly a final statement


  • understanding the international environment and the connections between science and society
  • reading and understanding an international agreement or statement involving science
  • providing the basic linguistic skills to give a formal speech regarding science


Giacomo Destro

Laureato in Relazioni Internazionali, consegue nel 2014 il Master in Comunicazione della Scienza alla SISSA. Lavora poi per Fondazione Centro Studi ENEL - ENEL Foundation e per Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. Attualmente è project manager del Master in Comunicazione della Scienza "F. Prattico" e collabora con alcune testate italiane (Wired Italia, Il Tascabile, OggiScienza).

Peter McGrath

Dr. Peter McGrath obtained his BSc (honours) in Agricultural Zoology from the University of Glasgow, UK, and his PhD from the University of Leeds, UK, in 1989. His 10-year research career focused on the insect transmission of plant viruses, with posts in both the UK and USA.

Back in the UK, he established his own business as a freelance journalist focusing on scientific, agricultural and environmental issues.

He joined TWAS in 2003 as a writer/editor in the Public Information Office where, among his other duties, he edited seven volumes of the TWAS-UNDP case study series ‘Sharing Innovative Experiences’.

From 2006, Peter began overseeing the implementation of TWAS’s core programmes, including South-South fellowships, other exchange programmes, research grants and various prizes, as well as the activities of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD). In 2011, he was also appointed Coordinator of the TWAS Science Policy/Science Diplomacy programme.

In November 2013 he took over as Coordinator of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), including the InterAcademy Partnership for Health, a global network of some 80 academies of medicine and academies of science with strong medical sections. Among his duties at IAP, he acts as Secretary to the IAP Science Education Programme’s Global Council and is one of three IAP experts appointed the International One Health Coalition, the collaborative partnership between the One Health Platform and existing international governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions.

He also retains his position as Coordinator of the TWAS Science Policy/Science Diplomacy programme.


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