THIRTY-YEAR-OLD scientist Jose Torres from Pego is one of ten Spaniards selected for the second edition of Ambassadors for Science – a pioneering shadowing scheme between scientists and diplomats developed in the Embassy of Spain in London.
The scheme brings together both professionals to get them exposed to their different worlds – science and diplomacy – with the aim of finding common grounds that could foster lateral thinking and better science diplomacy.
Whereas scientists shall receive introductory seminars about the Spanish diplomatic action, diplomats will receive basic notions about science and technology at the global and national level, focusing on Spain and the United Kingdom.
Scientists will also shadow diplomats on their daily routine to learn about the diplomatic activity and diplomats shall visit scientists’ laboratories to get an insight first-hand about the world of science, technology and research.
Jose, who was born in Pego and now works as a postdoctoral researcher in Queen Mary University London has been paired with Maria Cruz-Guzman Flores, First Counsellor of the Spanish embassy in London.
The first edition of Ambassadors for Science was developed in the Embassy of Spain in London in 2016 and the programme aims to be expanded to other diplomatic delegations and institutions in the near future.