About Us

The Forum

The Cultural Diplomacy Forum is a unique initiative bridging academia and the policy-making sphere, as well as the public and private sectors, in the cultural diplomacy arena. 


We believe that providing a venue for research and discussions on cultural diplomacy through the exchange of knowledge and ideas will contribute to creating a vibrant network and a space in which new opportunities and innovations can be explored.

Launched in 2019, the cultural diplomacy forum provided a unique meeting point between scholars, professionals, and diplomats, leading various research initiatives and projects, creating multi-disciplinarian international collaborations, and fostering cross-sectoral hubs. 


Among its aims, the Cultural Diplomacy Forum endeavors to develop a sustainable model for the study, characterization, and practical advancement of cultural diplomacy setting the ground for researchers and providing tools for diplomats, businesses, NGOs, educational institutions, local authorities, and cultural sectors to act in the international arena, and the EU specifically, towards cultural diplomacy goals.


So welcome to our site. We hope you will stay in touch, and if you want to learn more about us and our activities, please join us on our social media channels. We hope to meet you at our seminars, conferences, or as part of the 'DeepLomacy' research network.

Our Team

Meet Our Team

The Simone Veil Research Centre

for Contemporary European Studies

The Simone Veil Research Centre for Contemporary European Studies (formally the Centre for the Study of Politics and Society, CSEPS) was established in 2003 at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), in order to promote a greater awareness within Israel, of the growing importance of Europe and of the European Union. Since its establishment, the Simone Veil Centre has strengthened its position as a leading European research and academic centre in Israel, through new initiatives and partnerships, both academic and institutional. On the institutional level, the European Commission recognized BGU and the Simone Veil Centre as a Jean Monnet National Centre of Excellence for  European Studies, the highest academic ranking that the European Commission grants to any European study programme, and includes European co-financing. This is the only Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Israel and the recognition of the study programme is first and foremost a European recognition of the Simone Veil Centre's academic excellence.


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