Diplomats in Science Diplomacy: Promoting Scientific and Technological Collaboration in International Relations

Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
19-20 July 2019

Day 1

Session 1: Science Diplomacy and Geopolitical Influence

● Molly Silk (University of Manchester, Manchester, UK) “China’s Space Programme as a Tool of Diplomatic Influence.”

● Doubravka Olšáková (Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic), “A Matter of Politeness: The Role of Soviet Ambassadors and ‘System Checks’ in Maintaining Influence in Czechoslovak Science after 1968.”

● Toto R. N. Matshediso (Department of Science and Technology, Pretoria, South-Africa), “Diplomats in science diplomacy: Promoting scientific and technological collaboration in international relations.”

● Giulia Rispoli, (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany), “Nuclear Winter’s Ambassadors: Between Earth-System Research and Nuclear Diplomacy.”

Session 2: Academic Institutions, Scientific Societies, and Diplomacy

●Roland Wittje (IIT, Madras, India), “IIT Madras as science diplomacy during the Cold War.”

● Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen (Arctic University, Tromso, Norway), “The other American embassy and ambassador: the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, and Yenching University (Beijing).”

● Elena Sinelnikova (St. Petersburg Branch of S.I. Vavilov Institute for History of Science and Technology of Russian Academy of Sciences), “Soviet Diplomacy and the Russian Palestinian Society: How to Use a Scientific Society in Foreign Affairs.”

● Roberto Lalli (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany), “Physicists as Diplomats: International Scientific Societies, European Integration and Prague 1968.”

Plenary Lecture

Finn Aaserud (Niels Bohr Archive, Copenhagen, Denmark), “Statesmen and Diplomats Encounter Niels Bohr.”

Session 3: Scientists and Diplomats in the Nuclear World

● Loukas Freris (National Technical University, Athens, Greece), “Alfred Maddock in Greece: Technical Assistance or Science Diplomacy?”

● Lif Jacobsen (Niels Bohr Archive, Copenhagen, Denmark), Julia Lajus & Irina Fedorova (National Research University, St. Petersburg, Russia), “Detecting the bombs: exchange of seismographic instruments between USA and the Soviet Union, 1961-1965.”

● Simone Turchetti (University of Manchester, Manchester, UK), “The Unflinching Mr. Smith and the Nuclear Age.”

● Matthew Adamson (McDaniel College, Budapest, Hungary), “Behind the smile: Bertrand Goldschmidt and the nuclear perspective of a reduced power.”

Session 4: Science Diplomacy, Advocacy, and Novel Diplomatic Channels

● Alison Kraft (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany) and Carola Sachse (University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria), “The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs: A new intersection between science, politics and diplomacy.”

● Irina Fedorova (National Research University, St. Petersburg, Russia), “Soviet Scientists’ Participation in the Pugwash Movement.”

● Lucas Mueller (MIT, Cambridge, Mass., USA), “Cancer Diplomacy.”

● Jonathan E. Forman (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, The Hague, Netherlands), “Banning Chemical Weapons: An Intersection of Science and Diplomacy.”

Day 2

Session 5: Scientists and Diplomats beyond Borders

● Beatriz M. Rius (Sorbonne University, Paris, France), “Between the oil industry and international science: the mediating and diplomatic role of marine geophysics in France during the 1960s.”

● Ariel Shangguan (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China), “The Condition of Western Learning: on China’s quest for the scientificity and universality of knowledge.”

● Fernando García Naharro (University of Flensburg, Flensburg, Germany), “Shaping the Legitimated Expert: Scientific Mobility and the International Exchange of Publications Under Franco.”

● Iqra Choudry (University of Manchester, Manchester, UK), “‘Decolonizing’ Antarctica: science diplomacy and post-colonial discourse.”

Commission General Assembly

Session 6: Agents of Science Diplomacy

● Gordon Barrett (University of Oxford, Oxford, UK), “Science Diplomacy from the ‘Outside’: Scientists and China’s Foreign Affairs Infrastructure, 1949-1972.”

● Daniel Gamito-Marques (Nova University, Lisbon, Portugal), “A Scientific and Diplomatic Scramble for Africa: Barbosa du Bocage, colonial science, and the Berlin Conference of 1884–85.”

● Maria Rentetzi & Myrto Dimitrokali (National Technical University, Athens, Greece),“What is a Queen Doing at CERN? Science Diplomacy in Greece in Early 1960s.”

● Pete Millwood (LSE, London, UK), “‘An Extraordinarily Difficult Undertaking: Sino-American Diplomacy and China’s Reintegration into Globalized Science.”

Session 7: Contextualizing National Styles of Science Diplomacy

● Martin Emanuel (National Research University, St. Petersburg, Russia), “Establishing Swedish-Soviet Techno-Scientific Collaboration, ca 1960–80.”

● Henrik Knudsen (Danish National Archives, Copenhagen, Denmark), “Rockets over Thule? The Politics of Military Research and Rockets in Cold War Greenland.”

● Eiiti Sato, Iara Leite, Nicole Gayard & Julia Mascarello (University of Brazília; Federal University of Santa Catarina; Brazilian Center of Analysis & Planning; Federal University of Santa Catarina), “Brazilian diplomatic thought on science, technology and innovation: a preliminary overview.”


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