The Research Chair in Science Diplomacy (RCSD) program — the product of a partnership between the University of Ottawa and the Embassy of France in Canada — became official with the signing of a memorandum of understanding that took effect on April 24, 2023, as part of the renewal of scientific collaboration between France and Canada. Built on the expertise of researchers at the University of Ottawa and in France, the program seeks to address novel challenges related to science diplomacy.
Science diplomacy (SD) refers to a specific field of international relations in which the interests of science intersect with those of foreign policy. SD is based on three complementary facets: (i) diplomacy for science; (ii) science for diplomacy; and (iii) science in diplomacy. The definition used in this call for nominations is presented in “.”
This call for nominations is open to researchers who wish to critically examine a question or method in fields that intersect diplomacy and science, regardless of the researcher’s discipline, be it the social sciences, science and technology, or medicine.
This call for nominations aims to select two chairholders of the Research Chair in Science Diplomacy (one at the University of Ottawa and the other in France) for a two-year term. The chairholders will share an annual grant of $30,000 in research funds for the duration of their term, which will facilitate the organization of in-person events and meetings.
In addition to undertaking a research program and overseeing research activities related to the chair’s objectives, the chairholders will actively participate in developing and disseminating SD research, and in enhancing its reputation. Science diplomacy researchers and practitioners from around the world could be invited to Ottawa or France as part of the activities hosted by the two chairholders. The activities of the chair could also result in training for students and professionals interested or involved in the field of science diplomacy.
The research chair will be sustained primarily by the two chairholders conducting research and will be consistent with the and those defined by the French partner institution. One chairholder will be a regular professor at the University of Ottawa and the other a regular professor at a French institution.
The RCSD must explicitly aim to study one or more dimensions of science diplomacy. The chair must devote all the proposed program resources to research, to organizing research activities, and to disseminating the knowledge gained and results of that research.