The session welcomes papers that contribute to the understanding of the forms of relationship between science and diplomacy. Considering that academia and business activities are increasingly transnational, new and renewed forms of governance are required where diplomacy plays a major role.
In this session, we aim at discussing science, technology and diplomacy entanglements. In recent years, increasing attention has been paid by both specialists in science and technology studies and in international relations to the relationships between science, technology and diplomacy, especially after the Cold War. A renewed attention in science diplomacy (SD), together with the well-known perception that S&T are strategic assets for diplomacy is opening a new scientific and political lane through which scientists and politicians are re-establishing a formal and informal dialogue outside their boundaries, including lay people. Considering that academia and business activities are increasingly international and transnational, new and renewed forms of governance are required where diplomacy plays a major role. SD, and its impacts on scientific, economic and political markets, are widely acknowledged among policymakers and stakeholders as an important endeavour.The role played by international and transnational institutions are topics of outstanding importance to be attended, thus launching a dialogue among a multi-layered set of actors, different intuitional levels and political scales in the international arena. Moreover, international dialogue and foreign policies, in which diverse stakeholders including scientists, politicians and lay people are given a voice in the development of new models of governance. The debate enlarges perspectives on how scientists, politicians and lay people meet and discuss knowledge and technology. The session welcomes theoretical, methodological and empirical papers that promote a critical perspective both formal and informal strategies in past and present times on the forms of relationship between science, technology and diplomacy.