Call for Participation: Course “Introduction to Science and Tech Diplomacy: the new geopolitics of technology, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Deadline: 30.06.2023

Introduction to Science and Tech Diplomacy: the new geopolitics of technology


Deep transformations of the role of science in international affairs together with the rapid evolution of innovations are leading to renewed geopolitical rivalries and fragmentation. For example, the terrifying prospect of a nuclear conflict and the recent pandemic make science and health diplomacy more important than ever. Also, the importance of artificial intelligence to international relations proves tech and innovation diplomacy key to national and international politics. The rationale of this course is to a) understand the implications of science and technological innovations in the international sphere and b)put them into the context of European sovereignty, so they can be the subject of education and dissemination. In short, how can we educate the next generation of scientists and engineers to address geopolitical challenges?

In fact, there is an increasing demand for experts in a particular technology domain, who will be able to understand and manage the challenges of science and new technologies while reflecting and reviewing their impact on European values. Vice versa, engineers and scientists need to be aware of how developments could reshape the delicate balance of international relationships and what makes us, Europeans, unique.

Expected learning outcomes

  • the ability to understand how scientific and technological developments work, with a specific focus on their governance and international spillovers
  • the ability to think critically and analyze different use cases for technology and science delivery in the economy and society, and
  • the ability to understand the unique advantages of the European approach to technology and science.
  • the ability to understand that science diplomacy is a new concept with a long history, and thus to acquire some basic historical knowledge about science and technology’s major role in international affairs.


09/10/2023 – 15/01/2024


09.-11/10/2023, lectures at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, GERMANY

16/10–18/12/2023, 10 lectures on Mondays

08/01 and 15/01/2024, presentation days

Up to 30 early career scholars (PhD candidates or Postdocs) from every field of research.

Who is organizing it?

  • Jean Monnet Chair on Technology and Science Diplomacy for European Sovereignty (TechDip) held at UPM run under the context of Action ERASMUS-JMO-2022-HEI-TCH-RSCH, co-financed by the EU EACEA under GA Project 101085303.
  • Chair of Science, Technology and Gender Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in collaboration with the ERC Consolidator Grant “Living with Radiation” (HRP-IAEA grant no.770548)
  • Technology Diplomacy and International Cooperation Community of EELISA European University.

Who is funding it?

Your participation will be partially funded by:

  • EELISA European University
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

What do you get?

  • EELISA credential (
  • ECTS Points (FAU) for a successful participation in the course.
  • Possibility for a Science Diplomacy certificate with additional work.


Please include the following in your application:
Cover letter, short CV with contact information, extended abstract (500 words), which directly addresses the subject of the course and your particular field of interest. PhDs and PostDocs from every field of research are invited to participate. Submission is possible until the 30/06/2023.
If successful, you will be formally invited to the course by 31/07/2023.


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More information can be found here.