International Symposia

Science Diplomacy & International Policy

On 11th-12th May 2016, The Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance, together with the Canadian Science Policy Centre and the London Diplomatic Science Club hosted Science Diplomacy and International Policy, the 19th International Symposium in the series of Diplomacy in the 21st Century.

Members of the London Diplomatic corps, including Ambassadors, High Commissioners, and Science and Technology Attaches, as well as government dignitaries, representatives of NGOs, think tanks and policy centres, Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies, scholars, university staff and students converged at the Loughborough London campus at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park around a forum to discuss pressing issues pertaining to science diplomacy and international policy. The Symposium provided a highly successful platform for productive exchange and discussion among the panellists and guests. The diversity and depth of the themes and approaches covered made for a very informative and fruitful engagement.


Participants, guests, students and staff at the US Embassy Reception for the 19th International Symposium on Science Diplomacy and International Policy


Chair of the Symposium Sir Tony Baldry, Former Member of British Parliament, Chair of the House of Commons Select Committee on International Development and Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Middle), with keynote speaker HE Ms Carmen Vela Olmo Secretary of State for Research Development and Innovation, Spain, and Professor Nabil Ayad, Director of The Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance, at the opening session of the Symposium

Sir Peter Marshall, KCMG, CVO, Former Deputy Commonwealth Secretary General (Economic) and Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva, Delivering his keynote address at the dinner reception following the 19th International Symposium on Science Diplomacy and International Policy. (Copy of Keynote Address – PDF > )

The Earl of Selborne GBE FRS DL, Chairman, House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, delivering his keynote speech on “The Role of Government in Promoting Science in Diplomacy”, at the 19th International Symposium on Science Diplomacy and International Policy

l-r Ms. Mahvash Siddiqui Enviornment, Science, Technology and Health Pffice, US Emabassy London; Professor Nabil Ayad, Director of The Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance, Professor Michael Caine, Dean, Loughborough University London; Mrs. Rosalie Rivett, CEO Women in Diplomatic Service Association, London; Ms Whitney Baird, the Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs, US Embassy, London.

Professor Robert Allison, the Vice-Chancellor of Laughborough University addressing students, staff, participants and guests at the dinner reception following the 19th International Symposium on Science Diplomacy and International Policy.

Professor Nabil Ayad, Director of The Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance, welcoming keynote speaker HE Ms Carmen Vela Olmo Secretary of State for Research Development and Innovation, Spain, at the 19th International Symposium on Science Diplomacy and International Policy.