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The future of Innovation Diplomacy and the role of foreign & diplomatic services in handling complex innovation issues

October 4, 2018

In the context of the Horizon 2020 EL-CSID project, focused on the analysis of developments in science and cultural diplomacy and the role of Europe’s foreign policies, the Joint Institute of Innovation Policy (JIIP) organised a workshop in Brussels to explore the impact of competition driven innovation in collaboration oriented science diplomacy.

Key questions of the EL-CSID workshop

  1. Do the principles of “open innovation” and “open to the world” hold as long-term guidelines in an increasingly competitive and sometimes even hostile global environment?
  2. Are there critical technology fields for Europe that need special attention (fostering, protecting), and if so which? What is the role of foreign policy and innovation diplomacy here?
  3. How can the foreign and diplomatic services handle the increasingly complex innovation related issues? Do they need to grow and adopt a different skills-profile? Or can networking fulfil the growing need for expertise? How?

The workshop was chaired by Dr. Jos Leijten and brought together some 20 experts and practitioners of science and innovation diplomacy. All participants gave their views on one or more of the questions raised. The outcome of the workshop will help to draft shared visions on the role of ‘innovation diplomacy’ and promote discussions on open issues in the final EL-CSID conference and research.

For further information, visit the EL-CSID project website: https://www.el-csid.eu/.

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