ACD - Agency for Cultural Diplomacy
ACD - Agency for Cultural Diplomacy




The platform for interdisciplinary 

academic cooperations


In the current European and global sustainable development process, political decision-makers are confronted with challenges that are streaming beyond diplomatic salons. Emerging issues, such as the current pandemic and its effects on the global economy, international relations, and above all, on all people and the planet, cannot be solved without cooperation and cross-sectoral, international partnerships.

Furthermore, linguistic and cultural diversity may occur as one of the corner challenges by trust-building into political decisions and scientific informations related to the pandemic, climate change, gender-related issues, among other attempts in our daily life.  


Hence, the political stage is more than ever open for actors from the fields of sciences and professionals from media, culture, and art, whose activities are reaching out to broader audiences via international networks and new media tools.


Diplomatic negotiations and policy implementations into daily life may have a better impact by increased collaboration with professionals from art and with cultural communities, to reinforce the communication with the national and international general public. Art in dialogue with sciences and diplomacy can shift diverse boundaries related to languages, cultures, and political views, and open diverse arenas for interaction and multilingual expression.  


There are currently worldwide many Arts&Science academic programs, but not connected with science diplomacy and international relations in general. The soft power potential of artistic expression can attract and raise sympathy, but even more, it may raise critical and controversial dialogues, widen perspectives, and also influence political decisions.

The need for academic collaborations among Art&Sciences students and professionals with science diplomats and students in diplomacy is therefore given in the fact that Art is at the forefront of the European Cultural diplomacy together with science.


Furthermore, tailored training and workshops in intercultural education and science diplomacy through art-based methods and cultural diplomacy practice will enhance the development of soft skills and transversal competencies of students and academic professionals from universities, civil society organizations, cultural and diaspora communities. 


Art_ Sciences_Diplomacy 2030- dialogue will support the European and global cultural diplomacy by a current paradigm shift from the competitive promotion of national cultures and traditions, toward UN SDG-oriented cooperations for mutual prosperity. 


In this regard, ACD- Agency for Cultural Diplomacy invites students, alumni, and practitioners from the fields of science, arts, diplomacy, and politics to build alliances and to conduct synergy in their endeavors toward sustainable development.


The platform A4S4CD-2030 opens up opportunities for the establishment of long-term cooperation between multiple stakeholders that can ensure successful science diplomacy responses in times of global challenges, and also serve as a model for the further development of the S4D4C-2030-project and online course


Formats: Virtual inTalk Sessions-and in-house Residences with Focus group participants.


Academic Sessions and interactive workshops are organized in cooperation with partner Universities, Cultural Communities, International Organizations, and other stakeholders.


Art_Science_Diplomacy2030 educational project collaborations include theoretical insights as well as practical tools, such as those from new technologies, art strategies and, creative industries, and media.


The specific objective

is to present and to provide art&deign-based tools for the European and global science communication practices; to connect education&opportunities through cross-sectoral cooperation and inclusion of gender perspective within all stages of education and practice: g-circular economy; 


to initiate and to support cooperation among CSOs, diaspora communities, art, and cultural institutions, with scientists and diplomats in Austria, Europe, and internationally,

to increase the focus on programs and partnerships for Sustainable Development and 17 Goals (UN SDGs) as a common framework; to create a joint-effort among students, practitioners, and community leaders from the fields of Arts&Science&Diplomacy; to provide an academic program for cultural diplomats and science diplomats including strategies and methods from art&design and thus contribute to the S4D4C-course with the module A4S4CD_2030.



Art strategies and methods

 and CD-2030-conceptual framework

within all sectors


Targeting issues:

European social integration and cultural diplomacy2030,

Global, European, and regional (Austrian) approaches to 

SDG 16.10, 17.17: Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms by

encouraging, developing, and promoting effective partnerships through education for sustainable development and global citizenship SDG 4.7,  SDG 4.3, SDG 5.5: foster tertiary educational qualifications and proportion of women in managerial roles 


Areas of impact

European and global research area, international cooperation in scientific research especially spotlighting the Arts, Cultural Sciences and Humanities; European social integration, multilingual approach in Arts_science, formal, informal education; in a wider spectrum, impact on safety, health&weellbeing (resilience program for students and practitioners), international/intercultural relations within the diverse communities (cooperations with CSOs, diaspora communities).


Scientists and diplomats and art professionals would benefit from joint education in cross-cutting issues, such as to gain a deeper understanding of the interaction between science, arts and international relations, technology and innovation, and its repercussions on the economy and geopolitics.*




The framework for the platform A4S4CD2030 has been created by ACD-president Tatjana Christelbauer after completing the comprehensive online course S4D4C on Science Diplomacy in July 2020, to contribute to the S4D4C-Horizon project by promoting Science Diplomacy for the realization of the Sustainable development Goals (UN SDG´s) and to advocate for the art-based tools and human sciences for development of transversal skills and tools of students, practitioners, promoters, and negotiators for successful scientific communication; to promote and to provide experiential and creative learning methods and activities for teaching skills that are essential to reach effective, science-informed evident responses to today’s global challenges; to support the regional, European and global social integration through a framework which connects people and values across all borders Agenda2030 in cooperation with diaspora communities and CSOs; to support the European Model for Skill Development (Pact for Skills) and to connect education with opportunities through cross-sectoral partnerships


* Read more about Science Diplomacy stakeholders here: 

Ana Elorza, Lorenzo Melchor, and Izaskun Lacunza. 2020. Who Are the Science Diplomacy Stakeholders?. In: S4D4C European Science Diplomacy Online Course, Module 3, Vienna: S4D4C. 

* The Madrid Declaration on Science Diplomacy




from interfaces among Arts, Sciences, and Cultural Diplomacy in the current global discourses 

such as C-19, Sustainable development Goals SDGs


ACD-projects: ArtImpact2030


Current: art4orange Stille Post 25/11


Austrian external cultural relations:

Conference AKF Belgrade: Bodenwieser-Mandukic ... Art_Humanities_Diplomacy_Media



The Art of Building Peace: exhibitions of the Cypriot-Turkish artists supporting the Green-Line regulation

Women Art Agenda for peace



The most comprehensive report on the evidence-based impact of art practices on health and well-being with a focus on European countries has been synthesized in the World Health Organisation (WHO) report in 2019. One deliberate example of the evidence of music as a psychoactive stimulant can be seen by the example of the prima ballerina with Alzheimer, shared by the Spanish organization Música Para Despertar.


Art4Health owned by the WHOs Department of Reproductive Health and Research was launched in 2006 as an innovative advocacy project, using art to increase awareness and promote action to improve reproductive health, especially for women and children. The exhibition was hosted by the IAEA in Vienna in 2010


C-19-response: The effects of the Corona-Virus are thematized. UNICEF provides an online exhibition


Dance arts, public health, gender:

 Philippe Talavera, a French immigrant to Namibia with a background in biology and theater, found himself the director of the only full-time traveling dance company in Namibia. Talavera is the founder of Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO), a nonprofit that uses arts, including dance, to raise awareness about important public health and gender-based issues.


Digital cooperation and diplomacy:

The Art of learning



Sustainable Energy use

Our globally interconnected world is currently realizing the environmental and social consequences of the current energy system. Radical changes in the European and global energy systems are in need. Social sciences may support the effective changes of the energy systems as well as provide appropriate models for global communication and promotion of scientific insights. 

How can the engagement of professionals from art fields support the scientific and political endeavors toward sustainable energy use through creative design and art strategies for the effective communication and promotion of insights? 

The technologies are highly developing to ensure the transformation toward society powered by sustainable energy.

Awareness-raising on potential and real dangers and damages caused on people and the planet by non-responsible use of energy and other resources and alternative solutions can be provided through art forms in a universally understandable language and reach the general public and decision-makers across all borders.

Such an example can be seen in the artwork of Friendensreich Hundertwasser. In 1980 Hundertwasser donated his Anti-Atom poster "PLANT TREES - AVERT NUCLEAR PERIL” to Ralph Nader's Critical Mass Energy Project in Washington D.C. In the same year, Hundertwasser supported the Austrian initiative of opponents of nuclear power and the Austrian Anti-Atom-Referendum for the conversion of the Zwentendorf nuclear power plant into a caloric power plant and the tightening of the Atomic Energy Ban Act. The poster was used for various anti-nuclear campaigns in the following years, and the sales revenue was donated to the citizens' initiative.

The Awareness-raising actions of Hundertwasser have opened space for critical thinking and dialogue, with impact. 

Another example from a Nobel-price awarded physician-scientist Mr. Abdul Salam who promoted peaceful nuclear energy use has been applied by the current scientific and political endeavors towards sustainable Nuclear Energy use. 

The International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA implements and elaborates programs for supporting its Member States for conducting national energy studies to identify the potential role of various energy technologies, including nuclear power, in meeting their future energy needs. 


ACD-project activities toward awareness-raising on Renewable energies, safety, and environmental protection should contribute to the current regional Austrian and global endeavors through cross-sectoral cooperations among civilian society, academia, and politics by connecting art professionals with students, researchers, and experts in the field.


Development of cross-sectoral educational partnerships (SDG4+SDG17) and cooperation among professionals from art, sciences, and politics will result in a higher impact on decision-makers and awareness-raising within the general public on responsible energy use (SDG7), and subsequently, such activities will support the environment protection (SDG15) which results with better leaving conditions and better health and wellbeing (SDG3).


Renewable energy and energy efficiency will work in synergy to drive global energy decarbonization. When pursued together, they result in higher shares of renewable energy, a faster reduction in energy intensity, and lower energy system costs. This also brings environmental and social benefits, such as less air pollution.*



Preparatory activities on Arts4Sciences4CulturalDiplomacy-2030 

with the focus on international business relations


inTalk webinar on 6th October 2020 in cooperation with MIB Trieste School of Management with Prof.Pilotto Stefano on "Geopolitical aspects on International Management" has opened space for further discussions on the role of energy use in the current political discourses.

Research and project development on Sustainable Energy use, focusing on the nuclear power plant, by ACD-intern Ms. Sahar Ahadyar, a graduate student of the Political Sciences at the University of Vienna.


Up to 2021:


The public online event on 16th March 2021:

Announcement of the Platform Arts4Sciences4CulturalDiplomacy within the Final Network Meeting Conference of the S4D4C-Horizon Project Team;



A4S4CD2030-virtual residency

for students and professionals from arts, science, politics/diplomacy up to April 2021;


Thematic inTalk Sessions with focus groups


Targeting issues:

Global, European, and regional (Austrian) approaches to

SDG 16.10, 17.17: Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms by
encouraging, developing, and promoting effective partnerships through education for sustainable development and global citizenship SDG 4.7 foster tertiary educational qualifications SDG 4.3 and proportion of women in managerial roles SDG 5.5 


Sustainable Energy use in the current global discourses; Art&Science


SDG5, SDG10: Gender inView;


Visual Arts4Health: C-19


The Art of Presentation:

soft skills4science Diplomats


Safety&Security studies: 

diaspora community and cultural associations, social integration, and health


KuBiPa-coops for decent work: A4S4CD2030- project- partnerships 



Students and Practitioners from Arts, Science, and Politics will have the unique opportunity to widen their knowledge and perspectives 

with comprehensive insights.



Welcome to connect, introduce Your scientific/Art/work, current political endeavors toward sustainable development, 

Share your suggestions,

become an institutional partner, apply for residency:

Reference: A4S4CD 



 ACD-projects and initiatives for art professionals and educators to connect: 

ArtImpact2030-initiatives such as DanceArts* social sciencesKuBiPa2030, SpacesAcademy #planetarythinking F*Air, inTalk Sessions with focus groups on UNESCO Futures of Education- Let´s Brick! -2050,  in partnership with the UNESCO and international stakeholders from Academia and Civil Society;



MoU A4S4CD_2030
Memorandum of Understanding.pdf
PDF-Dokument [480.2 KB]
ACD-SDG strategy 2030.pdf
PDF-Dokument [2.7 MB]
ACD- 2016-2020
ACD-book of activities, brief introduction, documents and Photodocumentation
ACD-Bericht 16-20.pdf
PDF-Dokument [81.3 MB]
Report UNESCO Futures DEC.2020.pdf
PDF-Dokument [16.3 MB]
Pact for skills signed.pdf
PDF-Dokument [534.1 KB]
ACD-Financial statements 2016-19
ACD-financial statements 2016-19.pdf
PDF-Dokument [2.6 MB]
Datenschutz, Mediennützung
ACD-Media useLetter of agreement .pdf
PDF-Dokument [79.4 KB]
ACD Mitgliedschaft.pdf
PDF-Dokument [131.7 KB]
CD Tours-Botschaftern-ID.pdf
PDF-Dokument [312.7 KB]
ACD partners for the ACD - CD Airshow Tours
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