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Interview with Alexander Sokolov on Science Diplomacy

Alexander Sokolov, Deputy Director of HSE's Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) and Director of ISSEK's International Research and Educational Foresight Center, gave an interview on science diplomacy and its role in the Institute's research projects in an interview to S4D4C (“Using Science for/in Diplomacy for Addressing Global Challenges”) project funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme.

The overall aim of S4D4C (“Using Science for/in Diplomacy for addressing global Challenges”) project is to support current and future European science diplomacy for the benefit of European capacities, EU foreign policy goals and especially the development of solutions for global challenges.

The overall objective translates into the following specific objectives:

  • Providing new insights and a better understanding of the contributions of science and science collaborations to foreign policy goals, especially in the context of European models and experiences
  • Facilitation of effective and efficient interfaces for European science diplomacy to take better advantage of European science and science cooperation
  • Provision of policy guidance on where and how EU and EU Member State (MS) science diplomacy can be active in the future
  • Better preparation, clearer mandate and stronger identity of European science diplomacy
  • Increased capacities and knowledge resources for EU and MS science diplomacy
  • Expanding global reach and visibility for EU science diplomacy.

Austrian Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) acts as project coordinator. The S4D4C project is implemented by an international consortium of 16 institutions from 11 countries, including 6 associate partners, one of which is HSE University:

  • Centre for Social Innovation, Austria (Coordinator);
  • Charles University, Czech Republic;
  • Vienna School of International Studies, Austria;
  • German Aerospace Centre, Project Management Agency, Germany;
  • German Centre for Science Studies and Higher Education Research, Germany;
  • The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, Spain;
  • The World Academy of Sciences;
  • University of Lille, France;
  • University of Sheffield, UK;
  • University of Twente, the Netherlands;
  • Center for Science Diplomacy at AAAS, USA;
  • National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan;
  • National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia;
  • InterAcademy Partnership;
  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria;
  • Indian Institute for Science/DST – Centre for Policy Research, India.
Link to the interview: https://www.s4d4c.eu/stakeholders-voices-4-a-conversation-with-alexander-sokolov-moscow-higher-school-of-economics/?fbclid=IwAR1bqLUcGKWgJXnTYZW-bbyyeEcFeMp-9M6TAjLL0Cz37rzxz7HNYVFtlxM