UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


STEaPP and Netherlands Embassy in the UK launch science diplomacy collaboration

18 March 2022

UCL STEaPP and the Netherlands Embassy in the UK have announced a new partnership on Science and Innovation policy that will include a series of diplomacy events.


The partnership, which was announced on Thursday 17 March, will include the co-organisation of Science & Innovation diplomacy events consisting of four webinars and a workshop across the year. The series is aimed at staff working at embassies in London, government officials working on the interface of policy and innovation as well as the wider Netherlands Innovation Network.

Given the pace and complexity of scientific and technological developments, ranging from artificial intelligence and semiconductors to cleantech and drug discovery, these can be disruptive in nature and have an impact on international relations and economic development, which demands that governments constantly adjust their own national and foreign policies.

This collaboration is designed to delve deep into several pressing themes of policy and geopolitical relevance and will be followed by a larger workshop that will enable mutual learning across networks. It will also provide an opportunity for networking amongst policymakers, diplomats and academia with the aim of generating innovative new partnerships and ideas.

The series will begin with a seminar from Professor Graeme Reid, UCL Vice-Provost for Research, Innovation and Global Engagement, on high-level science and technology policies, including national and international considerations on Friday 1 April.

The Netherlands Innovation Network UK stimulates innovation, technology and science collaboration between the UK and the Netherlands, with a particular focus on key emerging technologies. The Netherlands Innovation Network UK is part of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy and the Embassy of the Netherlands in the UK.