Science Diplomacy Thematic Network: Advancing research, education, and leadership
|Session Name||4.1 Educating next generation leaders for Arctic & global challenges|
|Author(s)||Molly Douglas (Tufts University, USA)|
The new UArctic Science Diplomacy Thematic Network builds on scientific cooperation that has maintained the high north as a region of low tension, helping achieve Arctic sustainability across generations. The TN aims to enhance research, education, and leadership at the intersection of the sciences and diplomacy. In doing so, it engages a diverse spectrum of Arctic actors—from diplomats and experts to students—in an international, interdisciplinary, and inclusive manner.This presentation will review the TN’s current activities and future plans for fostering research involving the natural and social sciences and indigenous knowledge; developing and implementing inclusive and interdisciplinary education and training opportunities for students and early-career researchers and practitioners; and convening student to high-level international dialogue and conferences. Recent examples include a collaborative research project distilling training recommendations for early-career Arctic analysts; a science diplomacy workshop series preparing doctoral students to contribute to informed decision-making processes; an international classroom model for science diplomacy education; and the latest student-led Fletcher Arctic Conference treating science diplomacy, indigenous knowledge, youth-led innovation, and the SDGs, among other themes. This presentation will also reflect on lessons learned, highlight emerging issues, and pose opportunities for future collaboration.
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