FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, DC (August 22, 2022) – The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) and the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at University College London (UCL STEaPP) are proud to announce the release of Volume 20, Issue 03, the journal’s second Special Topics Issue of 2022, on Innovations in Science Diplomacy.
“Our authors have demonstrated the wide-ranging utility of science diplomacy, from maritime borders to expanding infrastructure in the global south and even the search for extraterrestrial life. This issue showcases the creativity and innovation of emerging researchers, committed to expanding the reach of this nascent field. I’m very proud of this special issue and what our authors have produced,” said Andy Sanchez, JSPG’s Assistant Editor-in-Chief for Special Editions.
In the 8 published articles, authors in this special issue of JSPG highlight a number of topics that range from collaborative efforts in science diplomacy in international organizations and spaces, and fostering national development using Big Science, to national considerations including leveraging scientific diaspora networks and scientists in embassies, all the way to how research in science diplomacy is carried out.
“The quality and relevance of these articles are a testament to the untapped potential of ECRs and their contribution to the field of science diplomacy,” said Joanna Chataway, Professor and Head of Department of Science Technology, Engineering & Public Policy at University College London.
The Special Topics Issue competition, judged by an external review committee, aims to provide winning authors of the top 3 publications with opportunities to present at a science diplomacy event featuring representatives from different countries and international organizations. More information on the event will be shared at a later date.
The winners of the JSPG & UCL STEaPP competition for the Special Topics Issue are as follows:
We thank competition reviewers for their efforts and greatly appreciate their input towards selecting the winners: Elke Dall (Centre for Social Innovation); Lorenzo Melchor (European Commission); Tomoko Steen (Georgetown University) and Soledad Quiroz Valenzuela (INGSA).
“Through this Special Topics Issue, JSPG is proud to partner with UCL STEaPP to provide an opportunity for young scholars from around the world to envision the future of science diplomacy and to advance this growing field with increasing scholarly attention over the past decade,” said Adriana Bankston, JSPG’s CEO and Managing Publisher.
This issue is supported in-kind by outreach partners from the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), the European Union Science Diplomacy Alliance and the Global Young Academy Incubator Group on Science Diplomacy in the Americas.
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) is an international, open access peer-reviewed publication managed by and for students, policy fellows, and young scholars in science, technology, and innovation policy. JSPG publishes high-quality articles covering the widest range of topics in formats that are accessible to policymakers. Since 2011, JSPG has served as a vehicle for students and early career researchers to bolster their research and writing credentials in science policy. Visit https://www.sciencepolicyjournal.org/ and follow on Twitter @SciPolJournal to learn more.
About UCL STEaPP
The Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) is part of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London. Its research encompasses several policy issues, including digital technology policy, urban and infrastructure policy, and energy and sustainability policy. It also focuses on science advice to governments, expertise in international organizations and science diplomacy. Its vision is to transform, through strong partnerships and communities, the relationship between science, technology, engineering, and public policy to ensure that new knowledge fully benefits society. Visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/steapp/ and follow @UCLSTEaPP on Twitter to learn more.
The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) is the leading global platform for policy exchange, capacity building, research and collaboration on the mechanisms and practices at the evidence-to-policy interface. Through workshops, conferences and a catalogue of tools and guidance, the network helps structure and strengthen these social, political and scientific interactions to improve the potential for evidence-informed policy formation at sub-national, national and transnational levels. Visit https://www.ingsa.org and follow @INGSciAdvice on Twitter to learn more.
About the European Union (EU) Science Diplomacy Alliance
The EU Science Diplomacy Alliance is a collaborative initiative launched in 2020 by a group of EU-funded science diplomacy projects to sustain and grow the networks, impact and momentum. The activities of the Alliance aim to further develop, maintain, and organise joint research projects, capacity building and training activities (such as open online courses, summer schools, trainings, etc.) on the topic of science diplomacy. Visit https://www.science-diplomacy.eu and follow @SciDipAlliance on Twitter to learn more.
About the GYA Incubator Group on Science Diplomacy in the Americas
Recognizing the gaps in scientific development and collaborations between North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Commonwealth countries, the Global Young Academy (GYA) Incubator Group on Science Diplomacy in the Americas aims to promote openness to scientific partnerships and to gain an understanding of current science diplomacy initiatives in the region. The Global Young Academy is an independent science academy of 200 outstanding early- to mid-career researchers from six continents who are selected from across disciplines based on their academic excellence and commitment to engage with society. The mission of the GYA is to provide a voice to early-career researchers across the globe. Visit https://globalyoungacademy.net/activities/science-diplomacy-in-the-americas/ and follow @GlobalYAcademy on Twitter to learn more.