Sciences Po and theInternational Science Council (ISC – the international science council) have just signed a strategic partnership agreement aimed at exchanges of experts and the development of research in science diplomacy (the use of science for diplomatic purposes and vice versa) and academic freedom.
Founded in Paris in 1931 by scientists from several European nations, the International Science Council is today a global and interdisciplinary NGO bringing together more than 230 leading scientific organizations whose mission is to make the link between science and society. on major global issues. Recognized as the “world voice of and for science”, the ISC also works to the development of a new global governance of science.
This partnership with the ISC should enable the exchange of experts and teachers for our Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc) programs at the University College. It will also deepen the link between teaching and research started at the School of International Affairs (PSIA) and at the International Research Center (CERI) on science diplomacy. Internship opportunities at the ISC will be offered annually to PSIA Master’s students in International Governance and Diplomacy. Finally, the director of Sciences Po, Mathias Vicheratvery committed to the question of academic freedom, became a member of the prestigious Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in Science of the ISC.
Stéphanie Balme, scientific manager of this agreementdean of the University College and director of research at CERI, is delighted with this signature: “For Sciences Po, this partnership with the ISC is a continuation of the work of Bruno Latourwho was a forerunner in building bridges between political science, the humanities and the natural sciences. This agreement will also allow us to fully invest in the very innovative field of international relations that is scientific diplomacy.”.
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