Science diplomacy | Getting started

Diplomatic pinpricks

acupuncture needles

Science diplomacy is pursued not infrequently in rather unconventional ways – and occasionally even at very unusual places, such as in an operating theatre in China in 1971. In her essay, Professor Maria Rentetzi from Friedrich-­Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg reveals why acupuncture needles, in particular, proved to be special diplomatic instruments. The major global challenges of our time can only be tackled jointly. Research collaboration takes place across national borders and political systems. Discover new perspectives on foreign science policy and science diplomacy, find out why their success is related to exchange on an equal footing and let us introduce you to DAAD alumnae and alumni who are actively engaged at the interface between science, research, policy and innovation. We hope you will find this edition a fascinating read! —

Science diplomacy | Interview

“Science requires political support”

Political scientist and sociologist Dr Tim Flink conducts research on science diplomacy. Why realigning foreign science policy is so import­ant for international research cooperation in view of global challenges.

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Science diplomacy | In brief

Science diplomacy is. . .

Four quotes about the importance of science diplomacy.


For DAAD Vice President Dr Muriel Kim Helbig, science diplomacy is associated with hopes “for international science-based collaboration, for solutions to conflicts and for the advancement of society”. Discover more quotes about the importance of science diplomacy from Minister of State Katja Keul, Leopoldina President Professor Gerald Haug and Dr Jan Marco Müller, Science Diplomacy Coordinator at the European Commission.


Science diplomacy | Overview

Collaboration in a changed world

How the DAAD involves itself in foreign science policy – and why internationally networked research is now more important than ever.

Netzstruktur über Weltkarte

Science diplomacy | Engaging in exchange

Science diplomacy on an equal footing

Collage of wind turbines, butterflies, solar panels, high-rise buildings

The considerable potential that closer collaboration between science and diplomacy offers is particularly evident in view of global crises. Read about the import­ant role that the work of the German Centres for Research and Innovation (DWIH) plays in this context.


What contribution can the German Centres for Research and Innovation (DWIH) make to science diplomacy? Dr Jan Lüdert, Head of Programs at the DWIH New York, talks about this in our interview.


Dr. Jan Lüdert

Science diplomacy | In brief

Jointly addressing ­global challenges

The Berlin Center for Global Engagement of the Berlin ­University Alliance supports research and ­science ­management with a view to making global cooperation ­successful.

Science diplomacy | Food for thought

Diplomacies in the plural

How much diplomatic power does science have? A guest article by Professor Maria Rentetzi


Science diplomacy | In action

Science diplomacy in international practice

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Political responsibility and dialogue in challenging constellations: based on their current roles, four individuals with close connection to the DAAD ­offer insights into foreign ­science ­policy and science diplomacy in action. READ MORE

Science diplomacy | In dialogue

“It is impossible to remain neutral, even for ethical reasons”

Professor Judith Beyer, Nickey Diamond
Nickey Diamond from Myanmar is doing his PhD in Konstanz and is the first scholarship holder of the Hilde Domin Programme. Together with his professor Judith Beyer, he talks about political engagement and science, the value of the programme and the situation in Myanmar.
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Science diplomacy | Portrait

“I am now able to continue my research on feminist foreign policy”

Nyein Chan May also fled from Myanmar as a ­political activist and was awarded a Hilde Domin Programme scholarship. Get to know Nyein Chan May in our ­video portrait and learn more about the association she has established: “German Solidarity with Myanmar Democracy”.

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Science diplomacy | Keeping in touch

Bridge-building in the MENA region

How the Regional Office Amman contributes to science diplomacy.

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Science diplomacy | In contact

DAAD services for alumnae and alumni

Programmes, discussion, training: Find out about the wide range of offerings for former scholarship holders.

The DAAD attaches considerable importance to keeping in touch with its alumnae and alumni. It also uses digital means to maintain its global network: at, you are only a few clicks away from discovering things like funding programmes for former scholarship holders and details of more than 160 alumni associations worldwide. Use the personalised service section to apply for specialist literature, subscribe to the print version of the Letter or sign up for the newsletter “Alumni Aktuell for DAAD-Alumnae and -Alumni from Germany”. The Alumniportal Deutschland is the website to visit if you’d like to network with people from around the world who have studied or researched in Germany or have taken advantage of a German educational offering in their own country. Besides information about calls, alumni meetings and job offers, there is also an exclusive group for former DAAD scholarship holders.

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