36 Digital Diplomats from 11 countries gathered between 21 and 25 June 2021 in Bar, Montenegro for a five-day European Digital Diplomacy Exchange training, which was organized by the Centre for European Perspective together with the U.S. Department of State.

Our first in-person training – after March 2020 – was a success. An amazing group of highly motivated individuals went through fully packed five-day training that consisted of many interesting lectures and workshops relating to the field of digital diplomacy.

In the first three days, participants were able to listen to and participate in various sessions and workshops aimed to improve their digital communication skills. In the evening, our Steering Board members were put in the spotlight as we held round table discussions about crisis communication, tips and tricks, and influencer marketing. The fourth day was dedicated to the simulation – participants were given a scenario and had to put in practice all the gathered knowledge from the first three days. On the fifth day, they presented their work and got feedback from the panel of experts.

Although there were many concerns and issues to be resolved due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was a complete success and took place in a productive atmosphere, with no positive COVID-19 cases.

Make sure to check out the European Digital Diplomacy Exchange webpage to learn more about the project and check out their Be Digital Diplomat blog.