2020 CPD Summer Institute: Our 15th Year

The 2020 program has been cancelled. Check back in the Fall for dates for 2021.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the 2020 CPD Summer Institute has been cancelled.  Check back soon for the dates for the 2021 Summer Institute. 

This is a must-attend program for today's public diplomacy practitioner and for those whose work takes them to international audiences. The rigorous, skills-oriented curriculum is ideal for mid-career professionals seeking to build a more robust public diplomacy toolkit, while drawing on the latest social science research, critical thinking, storytelling tools and network-building opportunities.

Our international network of faculty experts in public diplomacy, communication, journalism and public relations have extensive knowledge and expertise. Furthermore, the unrivaled peer-to-peer structure of our program allows for participants to gain insights and best practices from their colleagues from around the world.

This forward-looking curriculum bridges theory and practice—key for today's diplomat, as the fast-changing field diplomacy requires a more strategic and data-driven toolkit.

Hear what participants to our most recent training workshop have to say:

Data-Driven PD
Adrián Collins
Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Value of Upskilling
John Fisher
Australian Embassy, Portugal

Thinking Strategically
Louise Kennard
British Council

Tech & Tools
Tristan-Emmanuel Landry
Embassy of Canada, France

Bringing Knowledge Home
Frank Schipper
Netherlands Embassy, Stockholm

More Day-to-Day Rigor
Stefano Contratto
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

The CPD Summer Institute 2020 curriculum will:

  • Examine and refine the policy-practice nexus with modules on national security and doing PD in adversarial environments;
  • Deepen understanding of public diplomacy stakeholders by drawing on the latest social science research;
  • Shed light on the practitioners' information journey in a digital and communication ecosystem;
  • Provide a robust set of practical skills in designing and implementing PD strategies;
  • Deliver forward-looking courses to build a PD toolkit in storytelling, AI and bots, and research and evaluation;
  • Provide professional network-building among a global and experienced cohort who bring decades of PD experience.


For more information on CPD Summer Institute please click here.

Applications are currently being accepted through April 1st. Click here for the application form.


Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 4:00pm to Friday, July 24, 2020 - 4:00pm
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