Since its inception in 1966, the University of Otago Foreign Policy School has developed into one of the premiere events in New Zealand's international calendar. Originally started as a workshop on foreign affairs issues, the School soon attracted the attention of New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade which recognised its value as a weekend retreat for officials. Representatives from other government bodies such as the Prime Minister's office and the Ministry of Defence, as well as academics, journalists, diplomats, members of the private sector and NGOs, and interested members of the public also participate regularly.

Science Diplomacy is the new catch cry for international relations. With it we can solve the issues facing the world, from global warming to space exploration to international terrorism. Or can we? The Otago Foreign Policy School 2011 will address the potential and the realities for science diplomacy, particularly as they apply to this part of the globe.

The venue is St Margaret's College, 333 Leith St, Dunedin, University of Otago campus. The School begins Friday evening at 5:30 pm and finishes Sunday at 5:00pm.

The 46th Foreign Policy School in 2011 promises to be highly stimulating, with the theme:

Science Diplomacy: New Day or False Dawn?