The use of science diplomacy: comparative perspectives from France and Québec

On October 17, 2017, the Centre national de la recherche scientifique and the Fonds de recherche du Québec held a conference on the use of science diplomacy by France and Québec during the 30th edition of the Entretiens Jacques Cartier. Following an initial discussion on science diplomacy in Québec and Canada held in the spring of the same year, this second conference took a look at the use of science diplomacy in France and Québec. Distinguished guests presented concrete examples where governments, in collaboration with researchers, have chose to put science at the forefront of their diplomatic relations, as well as international research development strategies. The conference took place at the Cœur des sciences (UQAM) and was led by journalist Valérie Borde.


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Reflections on the use of science diplomacy in Québec and Canada

On May 10, 2017, the FRQ welcomed nearly 100 members of the scientific and diplomatic communities to a conference held as part of the 85th Acfas congress. The conference was the setting for a broad discussion around the notion of science diplomacy. What exactly is scientific diplomacy? Why is it so necessary in the current international context? What is the relationship between science and diplomacy? How can the use of science diplomacy be improved in Québec and Canada? The conference was led by Yanick Villedieu, host of the science program Les Années lumière, on ICI Radio-Canada Première.

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