The Science & Technology Diplomatic Circle was established by Innovation Norway Singapore in January 2017 as an informal association of members from the diplomatic corps interested in science, technology and research. Co-chaired by Innovation Norway, Japan Science and Technology Agency and the embassies of Switzerland, France, and the US, the Circle organises monthly visits to key institutions and companies in Singapore to get updated on main developments and build relations.
The pandemic led to an effective freeze on all in-person visits last year, but the co-chairs decided to keep up activities with monthly web-based meetings. So far, we have organised top-level meetings in January with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to hear about Singapore’s newly launched SGD25B Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) programme ; a briefing in February from President Tan Eng Chye of the National University of Singapore ; a hybrid event in March with SG Innovate; a meeting in April with top executives from Nanyang Technological University, and in May with the Public Utility Board (PUB) to learn about water and waste management in Singapore.
Upcoming meetings include web-meetings with Fraunhofer Singapore in June, the cyber-security company FireEye in July, and Singapore Power in August.
From our base of about 110 members of the diplomatic corps, the meetings typically draw between 30 to 50 attendees from 20-30 missions. It is appreciated as not only a tool for knowledge sharing, but also a non-political and informal arena to establish contacts and expand networks.
Visit the website www.stdc-singapore.org for program updates.