Fully Funded Workshop On Policy and Diplomacy for Scientists | Diplomacy Opportunities


The OPCW Technical Secretariat wishes to inform Member States that it will organise, in collaboration with the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the second edition of a workshop on “Policy and Diplomacy for Scientists: Introduction to Responsible Research Practices in Chemical and Biochemical Sciences”. The workshop will be held at TWAS headquarters in Trieste, Italy, from 12 to 15 September 2017. 2.

The objective of the workshop is to raise awareness among young scientists on the policy and diplomacy aspects that are related to the use of chemicals in various scientific disciplines, including chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, and other related fields. The ultimate goal of the event will be to bridge the gap between scientists and policymakers and to promote the adoption of responsible and sustainable practices by scientists in Member States of the OPCW.

The four-day workshop will include theoretical lectures and interactive sessions on the following topics:

  1. The work of international organisations in the promotion and control of the science and technology (S&T) and industrial activities in chemical and biochemical sciences, and related regulations imposed by the international treaties;
  2. the impact of developments in S&T on international security and on the implementation of international treaties;
  3. science advice and science diplomacy;
  4. the concept of sustainability in industrial and research activities;
  5. issues related to the multiple uses of science (to include interactive sessions);
  6. laboratory safety norms (a study tour); and
  7. ethics in science and responsible research practices

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The cost of tuition for all participants will be covered by the Secretariat. Approximately 20 selected participants will receive sponsorship from the Secretariat, covering international travel, medical and travel insurance, and a daily subsistence allowance. Self-sponsored participants are encouraged to apply.

To apply:

The workshop is open to those who:

  1. have a PhD in natural sciences (for example chemistry, biology, physics, geology) or related engineering from a recognised university or institution;
  2. are citizens of OPCW Member States;
  3. have been working in the field of applied chemical or biochemical or related sciences (research, academia, or industry) for at least five years; and S/1466/2017 page 3
  4. are young scientists at the beginning of their scientific career

The workshop will be conducted in English. Participants must therefore have a strong command of both written and spoken English. 12. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

The completed form, together with a detailed curriculum vitae and a recommendation from the National Authority or Permanent Representation of the applicant’s country to the OPCW, should be sent to the Director of the International Cooperation and Assistance Division, OPCW, Johan de Wittlaan 32, 2517 JR The Hague, the Netherlands. Applications can be submitted by email to icb@opcw.org (quoting “Policy for Scientists, Italy, 2017” in the subject line). All applications must be received by the Secretariat no later than 1 August 2017

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Contact: Email: icb@opcw.org (Mr Zinoviev) Email: sciencediplomacy@twas.org (Ms Dalafi)