IES wins Prestigious multi-million EU Research Grant on EU Diplomacy

IES is delighted to have been awarded a 2.4m Euro research grant under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 project scheme. The successful project bid ‘European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy (EL-CSID)’ will start in March 2016 and will run for three years. Researchers involved include Luk van Langenhove, Joachim Koops, Caterina Carta, George Terzis, among others.

The over-arching objectives of this project are threefold:

i. To detail and analyse the manner in which the European Union (EU) operates in the

domains of culture and science diplomacy in the current era; comparing its bilateral and multilateral cultural and science ties between states, regions, and public and private international organisations.

ii. To examine the degree to which cultural and science diplomacy can enhance the interests of the EU in the contemporary world order and to identify:

  • How cultural and science diplomacy, and innovations in them, can contribute to Europe’s standing as an international actor in a manner comparable to that of the other major contemporary actors, particularly the USA and China.
  • Opportunities offered by enhanced coordination and collaboration amongst the EU, its members and their extra-European partners.
  •  Constraints posed by economic and socio-political factors affecting the evolving operating environments of both science and cultural diplomacy.

iii. To identify a series of mechanisms/platforms and tools to raise awareness among relevant stakeholders of the importance of science and culture as vehicles for enhancing the EU’s external relations.