Dear all,

How can scientists and diplomats work together to advance the global health agenda? Host Garry Aslanyan spoke with two guests who helped answer this question. Ilona Kickbusch, who founded the Global Health Centre at the Geneva Graduate Institute, reflects on her experiences working within science diplomacy and the importance of having strong evidence for reaching a diplomatic consensus. She also urges scientists to initiate dialogue with policy-makers and diplomats. Aída Mencía Ripley, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at Universidad Iberoamericana in the Dominican Republic, shares an insightful case study of how diplomacy enabled researchers at her university to contribute to the national COVID-19 response.

Many thanks to Garry and the Global Health Matters podcast team for this informative and inspiring episode!

The Berlin Institute of Global Health is a partner of TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases: a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. It is co-sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO).