Science Policy and Diplomacy Course

June 8, 2017


Thursdays from 6 pm -7:30 pm from June 8th to July 27th
Hammer Building (701 W 168th St, New York, NY 10032) Room: LL205

Organized by Debanjana Chatterjee, PhD, this course aims to introduce the role of scientists and academicians in international/national diplomatic affairs and public policy decision making. A series of experts will give lectures to explain the framework of science policy and diplomacy, its various sectors, participating agencies, challenges, its future and potential for action. The course will emphasize four primary themes: science diplomacy through government, science diplomacy through academia, science diplomacy through institutions, and science diplomacy through media.

Participants will gain an understanding of the skills (analytical, ethical) to apply science in a diplomatic/international framework through a group-based case study. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for successfully completing the course.

Assignment: Write a policy memo in a small group (2-4) on a key diplomatic / public policy issue with strong scientific underpinnings. The memo should be no more than 2 pages. Due by the end of the course. The memo would be reviewed by a policy expert and/ or scientific expert in the concerned field.

Publication: The policy memos drafted as a part of the course can be potentially published as a summary in a peer-reviewed journal ‘Science and Diplomacy’ by AAAS. Individual policy memos can be published, if desired, on, an online sci-com journal with 20000+ monthly viewership.


Registration is required; for more details on the lectures and to register, please visit the event website.