Science Diplomacy as an Emerging Topic: Some Insights from Professor Pierre-Bruno Ruffini
On 21 February, 2017, Pierre-Bruno Ruffini, Professor of Economics, University of Le Havre (France) and previously Counselor for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in Russia (2007-2010) and Italy (2010-2013), delivered the open lecture «Science Diplomacy – Basic Concepts and Key Issues» under the HSE Master`s programme «Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation» for students, scholars and practitioners.
As a matter of fact, science diplomacy is a fundamental platform to attract foreign researchers, maintain international cooperation networks and influence the cultural norms and values as a soft power strategy in other countries. In practice, science diplomacy is linked to archeology where the unique knowledge of archeologists in both spatial locations and cultural background of the population is a valuable tool for diplomats to make international negotiations. Another case is polar region which is vitally important for scientific research but quite challenging for global community territorial allocation.
Despite the numerous advantages of science and diplomacy ties, Professor Ruffini argues that science is under the risk of politicization, which negatively affects the economic, cultural and political prosperity of the society. The crucial role of scientific research is to independently influence the major global challenges and promote public policy for future societal changes.