On 14 – 15 May 2018, the second EL-CSID workshop “Diplomacy and Development: Trends and Challenges for Europe and Its Partners” (programme) took place in Brussels organised by Nazarbayev University, in collaboration with the University of Warwick and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Council of the Baltic Sea States and its research and science cooperation was presented via outlining such historical initiatives as EuroFaculty, as well as currently developed multilateral research collaboration in the framework of Baltic TRAM and Baltic Science Network. Workshop attendants were also introduced to such concepts as smart specialisation and Baltic Sea Region´s overall thematic commonalities showcased by widely shared thematic areas, such as digital growth (with a focus on ICT), health sector (with a focus on biotechnologies) and sustainable energy. In order to broaden the overall awareness about the scope of innovation potential housed by the Baltic Sea Region, the references were made to the European Innovation Scoreboards 2016 & 2017, which testified that Latvia and Lithuania are among the fastest growing innovators in the EU, while the EU Eco-innovation Index 2017 notes the leading roles of Sweden, Finland, Germany and Denmark also in the specific subcategory of innovation related to ecological matters.
The workshop was enriched by insights of another Horizon 2020 funded project InsSciDe which also explores the science diplomacy potential of the European Union. The workshop paved the way for the upcoming publication of a number of insightful case studies focusing on many dimensions of the science diplomacy concept and its potential modalities in the European context. All interested parties are invited to explore the existing body of literature, as well as check the EL-CSID website during the forthcoming weeks for new publications.