Executive Summer Programme on Innovations in Science Diplomacy


Facilitated e-learning

UN Partner

Offered by

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University

John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Science Diplomacy Center

swissnex Boston

Course details

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10 days
Each day of the programme will comprise of a 4-hour e-Workshop, complemented with a personal assignment due for the following workshop.
Start date
21 June 2021
End date
2 July 2021

Course summary

This programme will triangulate triangulate education, research, and leadership, and aim to educate the next generation of leaders in the field of science diplomacy and technology.

About this course

This course will empower future leaders of science diplomacy to facilitate research with questions and data that generate actions with evidence and options that contribute to informed decision-making; and provide leadership with science-diplomacy networks that build common interests across our globally interconnected civilization.

The Executive Summer Program will be offered through interactive online workshops (e-workshops). The material presented during the Programme will be interactive and assignments will be given for participants to further advance their knowledge.

All participants will take part in highly interactive exercises to further enhance their grasp of each topic.

In addition, participants will also have access to UNITAR’s Virtual Learning Environment where they will be able to access the training material and other wealth of information. Course materials will include readings, powerpoints, simulations, games, and test-yourself gauges for readings.

Target audience

The programme is open to diplomats, staff of governmental and non-governmental organizations, students, researchers, academics, business representatives wishing to tackle complex challenges related to science and technology, as well as other interested individuals.

Learning objectives

At the end of the Programme, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between science diplomacy theory and practice;
  • Apply negotiation skills with common interest-building and conflict resolution as complementary approaches;
  • Develop effective communication skills, including policy-memo writing and interview-response speaking;
  • Integrate evidence and options that contribute to informed decision-making with governance mechanisms and built infrastructure as well as their coupling for sustainability and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Contribute as a ‘science diplomat’ with balance for the benefit of all at local-global and global-local levels.