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Science as a tool for diplomacy

The role of EURAC Research. Which lessons for the macro-region Danube?

Harald Pechlaner, Head of the Center for Advanced Studies and Co-Head Roland Benedikter recently contributed to the 10th Danube Academies Conference in Prague, focusing on the importance of cross-border scientific cooperation.

The Danube Academies Conference, hosted by the Czech Academy of Sciences and co-organized by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, is a forum for all national Academies of the Danube region with a focal point on scientific developments in this area. It is a platform for exchange between the national academies from Central and Eastern Europe.

The major theme of this year's conference was scientific diplomacy and the role of research institutions in this regard. The importance of a broad scientific cooperation not only between research centers but also with interest groups was discussed from different points of view. In their lecture: "Scientific diplomacy between North and South in the macro-region Alps: The role of EURAC Research. Which lessons for the macro-region Danube?", Harald Pechlaner and Roland Benedikter focused on the role of science as a tool for diplomacy, not only through scientific support of diplomatic strategies, but also through cross-border scientific cooperation and the strengthening of international relations. In this context also Eurac Research was presented to connect the experiences of the Alpine region with the Danube region.

Photo: Harald Pechlaner and Roland Benedikter with Felix Unger, President of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and co-organizer of the conference.

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