Role of Science Diplomacy in Addressing Global Water Challenges

Date : 26 Sept 2019 (Thursday) | 16.30 to 19.30 IST

Venue : Hotel Sheraton - Grand Ball Room 2, Bengaluru, India

Science Diplomacy, as a practice, is gaining prominence around the world as part of the emerging multi-track diplomacy system. It functions at the intersection of ‘internationalization of science’, ‘science and technology as a foreign policy tool’ and ‘scientific evidence for global policy’. The relevance of non-state, non-diplomatic actors is constantly increasing in international engagement, particularly, towards addressing some of the pressing challenges that the world faces today. Globally, the water crisis has been raising alarm – prolonged droughts, fluctuating agriculture patterns and associated food and energy security challenges, cities running out of the water, issues related safety and accessibility of drinking-water and water-borne health problems, etc. Addressing these challenges require interventions at every possible level – ranging from appropriate policies, having access to necessary know-how, technology transfer and absorption capacity, and, community practices and interventions.  In today’s interconnected world, with a tightly-knit value chain around the globe, water-related challenges inevitably require international engagements – global challenges require global solutions! This special session aims to discuss the role and importance of various stakeholders (diplomatic and non-diplomatic) in a comprehensive Science Diplomacy Framework in addressing global water challenges.

About the session:

The session

  • gathers experts and practitioners working at the crossroads of “international S&T engagement” and “addressing water challenges” at different levels – government/diplomatic, industry, academia and civil society. 
  • aims to deliberate on the role(s) played by various stakeholder, and
  • facilitate a discussion towards building a holistic, sector-specific science diplomacy framework by creating strong inter-linkages among the stakeholders in different tracks.

Lead speakers include,

Amy Luers, Executive Director, Future Earth

András Szöllősi-Nagy, Chair, Water Future & Professor, Institute for Sustainable Development Studies

Anik Bhaduri, Director, Water Future & Professor, Australian Rivers Institute

Gert Heijkoop, The Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bengaluru

Jean-Christophe Mauduit, Lecturer in Science Diplomacy, University College London

The format of the session:

  1. Introduction: Introducing the session topic and building a contextual background
  2. Panel: Set of lightning talks by each lead speaker followed by a moderated discussion (with a set of pre-curated questions) among the lead speakers.
  3. Fishbowl [60 min]: Open conversation with the lead discussants in which a moderator facilitates and engages different audience members to join the discussion (Q&A).

Interested in joining the discussion, please RSVP here:

This special session is organized by the DST-Centre for Policy Research at IISc Bengaluru in association with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bengaluru and Sustainable Water Future Programme of Future Earth.