Science Diplomacy: Global Online Workshop Programme

Organized by the DHST Commission on Science, Technology and Diplomacy

23 July 2020 (NB: The schedule is based on the British Summer Time [BST], not GMT)

9:00-9:45am – Science Diplomacy Commission AGM: Morning Session

Topics for Discussion: introduction, updates, scholarly outputs, globalising and diversifying the commission

10:00-11:00am – Panel 1: Cooperation or Competition? Nationhood and Scientific Diplomacy

Katrin Heilmann (PhD Candidate, King’s College London) – ‘Soviet Science Diplomacy?: Warsaw Pact Civil Defence Cooperation’

Jaehwan Hyun (Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute Berlin) – ‘“Establishing a National Park in the Demilitarized Zone”: Nature Conservation and Science Diplomacy in Cold War South Korea’

Yue Liang (PhD candidate, SUNY Binghamton) – ‘Science Diplomacy and Hydraulic Infrastructure in Early Communist China’

Liu Xiao (PhD candidate, Bristol University) – ‘Diplomacy and Meteorology: Negotiation between China and Japan on the Recovery of Qingdao Observatory, 1918-1931’

11:00-12:00pm – Panel 2: Science Diplomacy Between and Beyond Nations

Richard Brown (Research Associate, York University) – ‘DDT and the Atomic Bomb: Two Cases of Scientific Collaboration in War’

Francis Newman (MPhil candidate, University of Cambridge) – ‘“Science as a diplomatic weapon”: The Royal Society and scientific freedoms in Sino-British exchanges, 1961-1966’

Gabriela Radulescu (PhD candidate, Technische Universität Berlin/ Max Planck Institute) – ‘Communication with (Extra)Terrestrial Intelligence: Science Diplomacy during the Cold War (1960-1976)’

Kichun Kang (PhD candidate, Seoul National University) – ‘Building Nation with Science: Science cooperation and aid between USA and Republic of Korea in the late 1960s and the 1970s’

Joyce Koranteng-Acquah (MPhil candidate, University of Manchester) – ‘Achieving Food Security Through Agriculture Policy Development’


2:00-3:00pm – Panel 3: Science and Public Diplomacy

Irina Nastasă-Matei (Junior Lecturer, University of Bucharest) – ‘Cultural diplomacy in Europe during the Cold War’

Maria Pavlova (Senior researcher, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)) – ‘Science diplomacy in Russian-Polish historical debate’

Andrew Thomas (British Interplanetary Society) – Formal and Informal Diplomacy in the Chinese Space Programme’

Molly Silk (PhD candidate, University of Manchester) – ‘Cultural Products of the Chinese Space Endeavour’

Ian Varga (PhD candidate, Florida State University) – ‘From on the Moon to around the World: Apollo Astronauts as Public Diplomats’

3:00-4:00pm – Panel 4: Location, Adaptation and Transfer

Vedran Duančić (Postdoctoral Researcher, the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts) – ‘Behind and Across the Curtains: How and What Yugoslavia Learned About American Big Science in the Early Cold War’

Robert-Jan Wille (Postdoc Researcher and Lecturer at the Freudenthal Institute of Utrecht University) – ‘Managing Germany’s position as central power in global meteorology: Hugo Hergesell’s meteorological Realpolitik before and after the First World War’

Geoffrey Durham (PhD candidate, University of Pennsylvania) – ‘Russia and the Internationalization of the Metric System, 1850s-1890s’

Bárbara K. Silva (Professor at Universidad Alberto Hurtado, FONDECYT Researcher (National Commission on Scientific and Technological Research)) – ‘Cold Stars in Chile. Astronomy and Politics in the Global Cold War’


4:30-5:15pm – Science Diplomacy Commission AGM: Afternoon Session

Topics for Discussion: resumé of the morning session, early career scholar involvement and support, future officers and activities of the Commission, meeting opportunities in the coming year


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