Zane Šime prepares a PhD thesis on the EU science diplomacy towards the European Southern Neighbourhood for a defence at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Among her research interests are the EU macro-regional governance and the EU-India educational diplomacy in a broader context of the Asia-Europe Meeting. Recently, she has completed research at UNU-CRIS and OSCE Academy. Zane has worked at the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States and at Latvian Ministries of Defence and Finance. She is a graduate of the University of Latvia and KU Leuven.