Putting science and diplomacy under the microscope: Wilton Park at New Scientist Live (WP1509)

What do scientists need to think about when giving foreign policy advice? How can diplomats promote risky innovation overseas?

These are just two of the questions our expert panel will interrogate and debate at our panel discussion, broadcast live through our Facebook page from the Technology Stage at New Scientist Live on Thursday 22 September.

This discussion, chaired by Peter Apps, Executive Director of the Project for the Study of the 21st Century and Wilton Park Advisory Council Member, will feature the following contributors speaking about one of the great challenges of our time:

  • Richard Burge, Wilton Park’s Chief Executive
  • Robin Grimes, Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Colin Blakemore, Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study
  • Emma Hennessey, Head of Science and Innovation Team and Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at Foreign and Commonwealth Office


We are excited to be part of an innovative discussion putting the concoction of scientific know-how and deft diplomacy under the microscope.

We hope you can join us either at ExCeL London or from our live Facebook stream commencing at 1530 this Thursday.



Scientific diplomats: an oxymoron? (Gemma Milne, audience member)

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