Energy Diplomacy: The Promise of Nuclear Fusion

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Initiated in 2020 during the first round of lockdowns of the Covid-19 pandemic, the SciDip Talks are SciTech DiploHub’s flagship outreach program on Science Diplomacy, which consists of a series of free online talks by leading world experts in science, technology, and innovation diplomacy, geopolitics and sustainability. As a result of the scientific dimension of today’s global challenges, we have observed how science and technology have become an essential component of international relations and global cooperation. As part of our effort to further the role of science diplomacy worldwide, and bring in-depth analysis and expertise to the public debate about the most pressing global issues we gather global leading experts to discuss the latest trends in Science Diplomacy.

Energy Diplomacy: The Promise of Nuclear Fusion

For over seventy years, the goal of developing a clean, limitless source of energy has long been a pursuit for the scientific community. Yet it did not become an object of potential diplomatic endeavor until the resolution of the Cold War when the end of the conflict made scientific partnerships and joint projects between the US and the former Soviet Union conceivable. Today, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is also a unique contemporary exercise in science diplomacy and a milestone in the technological history of mankind. This session will discuss the past, present, and future of energy science diplomacy, the current developments in nuclear fusion, and the role of diplomatic action in the realization of this future energy source.


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