The new project on science diplomacy in France and Turkey funded within the Bosphore Programme 2024 will be coordinated by Eda Ayaydin (MIARC). The main goal is to establish science diplomacy ties between a group of French and Turkish scientists by using examples from the Arctic.

This is the first project on science diplomacy between Turkey and France. The French scientists from the universities of Strasbourg, Lyon and Sciences Po in Bordeaux as well as the University of London Institute in Paris will conduct interviews with officials and experts in Turkey, and the scientists from Yeditepe University will organize a Science Diplomacy Forum in Istanbul in 2024. The Turkish team will conduct interviews in France, primarily with experts, to further explore the topic. Additionally, the Turkish team intends to conduct an interview with the Director of MIARC, Prof. Jan Borm,  UArctic Chair in Arctic Humanities.

The project is financed in France by the Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR), and in Turkey by the Council for Scientific Research and Technology of Turkey (TÜBITAK). The main objective of the project is to explore the role of scientists in advancing foreign relations and to understand the connection between diplomatic strategies and the interests and expectations of the scientific community.

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