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13.02.2023 | A recently published book sheds light on the internationalization of science, technology, and innovation diplomacy and highlights the significance of international cooperation at many levels. The book was edited by Venugopalan Ittekkot, retired Professor of Biogeochemistry and former scientific Director of the ZMT, and Jasmeet Kaur Baweja, Programme Officer at the NAM S&T Centre.

ZMT scientists Rebecca Lahl, Sebastian Ferse and the current scientific director of the ZMT, Raimund Bleischwitz, also contributed to the publication with a chapter on the ZMT's experience in collaborative research and close project partnerships with institutions in the Global South. “With its mission to provide the scientific basis for the sustainable use and management of tropical marine resources, it (the ZMT) has a unique position with an applied outlook, aiming for societal impacts, and an inter-and transdisciplinary approach”, say the authors of the article.

About the book

This book provides a developing country perspective on the internationalization of science and the role of Science, Technology and Innovation Diplomacy (STID) in leveraging scientific cooperation for sustainable development. In articles by individuals from government departments and academic & research institutions in nine developing countries, it provides a conceptual understanding of the subject and reveals the prevailing perceptions on its praxis and practices. The articles highlight the significance of international cooperation at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels and the need for strengthening the role of STID in foreign policy and strategies of governments.

The book is a useful reference material to government officials, diplomats, academicians, researchers, science counsellors, international relations experts, science and technology professionals and other stakeholders from the developing countries and transition economies, dealing with economic and developmental policy issues and / or science, technology and innovation (STI) issues in understanding the praxis and prospects of STID. The book is also useful for scholars and international relations experts from developed countries in understanding STI and related issues that affect the relationship of developing countries and transition economies with their partners from the developed world.