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Date: March 24, 2020 at 3:26:17 AM EDT
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SciDipTalks: SciTechDiploHub Webinar series to bring science diplomacy to the 
public debate in the COVID-19 crisis
#SciDipTalks: Science Diplomacy in a Changing World


We live in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 crisis is hitting our societies, 
economies, and ways of life of a scope and scale never seen before. Similarly, 
we find ourselves in a moment in time when bridging scientific knowledge and 
diplomatic practice through science diplomacy is more important than ever.

With millions of people scaling up their efforts to help mitigate the virus by 
confining themselves at home, we have the responsibility to bring together 
scientists, international relations practitioners and global health experts to 
discuss science diplomacy and pandemics. It is now time to open up and bring 
in-depth analysis and expertise to the public debate.

To this aim, SciTech DiploHub has partnered with other organizations to put 
forward 5 online sessions with leading world experts that will explore the role 
of international cooperation in the current crisis: the European response to 
COVID-19; the impact of cities, and particularly of Barcelona, in global 
mitigation efforts, the responses to pandemics in Iberoamerica and the threats 
and opportunities of new technologies. Look below for more information!

SESSION 1: March 26th, 6:00 PM (CET)
This session aims to explore the role of international cooperation in global 
health crisis management, while specifically addressing the importance of 
science diplomacy in pandemics. Looking closely into the cases of Ebola, H1N1 
influenza, MERS and the current SARS-CoV-2, it will cover the links between 
research, health policy, and international relations, as well as its 
socio-economic and ethical dimensions. It will also analyze policy 
decision-making in the context of complex, multilevel governance and make the 
case for the role of scientific knowledge in solving traditional collective 
action dilemmas. Book your spot 

  *   Julia Mackenzie. Senior Director for International Affairs at the 
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  *   Ilona Kickbusch. Chair of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate 
Instiute of International and Development Studies in Geneva
  *   Antoni Plasència. Director General of the Barcelona Institute for Global 
Health (ISGlobal).
  *   Lorenzo Melchor. Science Diplomacy Officer at S4D4C and EU science advice 
and diplomacy officer in the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology 

Moderator: Alexis Roig. Chief Executive Officer of SciTech DiploHub
SESSION 2: April 2nd 6:00 PM (CEST)
Europe has been defined as the epicenter of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) 
global crisis. The spread of the virus in the continent has lead to the 
re-emergence of the nation-state in Europe, challenging the very core values of 
the EU and reshaping citizens' differences between member states' responses to 
the pandemic and scrutinize the role of the EU in coordinating efforts and 
advancing virus mitigation. It will finally on the internal challenges the 
virus has brought to light, and the long-term impact on the European 
integration process. Book your spot 

  *   Pol Morillas. Director of the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs 
  *   Ivo ҆losarńć√≠k. Professor of European Integration Studies and Jean Monnet 
Chair in EU Politics and Administration at Charles University in Prague and 
Research fellow at S4D4C. (TBC)
  *   Amanda Glassman. Executive vice-president and senior fellow at the Center 
for Global Development (TBC)
  *   Sara Cebrian. Science and Innovation Attaché of the British Embassy in 

Moderator: Carme Colomina. Research Fellow at Barcelona Centre for 
International Affairs (CIDOB) and journalist at Diari Ara
SESSION 3: April 9th 6:00 PM (CEST)
Since the crisis started in Wuhan, global cities have been hit the hardest. The 
spread of the virus around the world has forced governments to cooperate, both 
horizontally and vertically. Why its science diplomacy key to addressing the 
global health crisis? How can local institutions deploy a diplomatic strategy 
to deal with them? Cities like Barcelona have a world-class research and 
innovation ecosystem. What is the global contribution of their research groups 
and companies to the COVID-19 pandemic? Book your spot 

  *   Oriol Mitjà. Professor associat a l’Institut de Recerca Germans Trias i 
Pujol, cap de la unitat d’ITS de l’hospital Germans Trias i Pujol i 
investigador associat a ISGlobal. (TBC)
  *   Alfonso Valencia. Director del Departament de Ciències de la Vida del 
Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS)
  *   Laura Lechuga. Investigadora principal del Grup de Nanobiosensors i 
Aplicacions Bioanalítiques de l’Institut Català de Nanociències i 
Nanotecnologia (ICN2)
  *   Esteve Almirall. Director del Center for Innovation in Cities - ESADE.

Moderator: Miquel Molina. Deputy Director at La Vanguardia
SESSION 4: April 16th 6:00 PM (CEST)
Esta sesión abordará la respuesta de diferentes gobiernos iberoamericanos a la 
crisis del SARS-CoV-2 desde el punto de vista de la política y la diplomacia 
cient√≠ficas. Analizaremos la relaci√≥n entre la investigaci√≥n m√©dica y el dise√Īo 
de pol√≠ticas p√ļblicas en el contexto Iberoamericano y su impacto en las 
decisiones de los diferentes actores gubernamentales, así como el papel de la 
diplomacia científica y la cooperación regional en la gestión de la crisis. 
Book your spot 

  *   Mar√≠a Elena √Ālvarez-Buylla. Directora General del Consejo Nacional de 
Cienca y Tecnología de México (CONACYT). (TBC)
  *   Félix García Lausín. Coordinador del Espacio Iberoamericano del 
Conocimiento en la Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB). (TBC)
  *   Eugenia Corrales. Directora de Virología, Centro de Investigación en 
Enfermedades Tropicales, Universidad de Costa Rica.
  *   Frances Colón. Leadership in Government Fellow en la Open Society 
Foundation i exasesora en Ciencia y Tecnología de la Secretaría de Estado de 
  *   Sandra López Vergès. Investigadora en Virología e Inmunología en el 
Instituto Conmermorativo Gorgas de Estudios de la Salud de Panam√°

SESSION 5: April 23rd 6:00 PM (CEST)
Technology and data-driven solutions have been at the forefront of successful 
national responses to the current COVID-19 crisis. Furthermore, social media 
platforms have been instrumental in informing and sometimes misinforming, the 
general public about the pandemic. This session will address the role of 
technology in advancing global health, with in-depth discussions about the 
potential impact of digital strategies on data privacy and human rights. It 
will also reflect upon the role technology plays during health crises and the 
responsibility of digital platforms. Book your spot 

  *   Kathleen Carley. Professor in the School of Computer Science at the 
Institute for Software Research International at Carnegie Mellon University.
  *   Xavier Ferràs. Associate Professor at ESADE Business School.
  *   Katharina Höne. Research lecturer and Project manager at DiploFoundation.
  *   Elizabeth M. Renieris. Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & 
Society at Harvard University

Moderator: Esther Paniagua. Science & Technology Journalist
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