Scientists-in-Residence launches in Melbourne

Melbourne based not-for-profit organisation, Scientists-in-Residence, recently held one of their science advice events as part of the Melbourne Knowledge Week 2017. The event aimed to engage scientists with the community in a form of open face-to-face conversation, and to provide expert advice on science, technology and innovation to interested parties.

Nearly twenty Melbourne-based scientists engaged with over 250 participants. The event was held at the unique Experimedia space of the State Library of Victoria and was possible due to the support of the City of Melbourne.

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Evidence-Informed Policy Making Event – OECD Directorate of Public Governance, Paris 26 & 27 June

OECD – Governing better through evidence-informed policy making

SAVE THE DATE: 26 – 27 June 2017, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

The OECD Directorate of Public Governance would like to invite you to attend an upcoming event on evidence-informed policy making organised in collaboration with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), The Campbell Collaboration, and the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA).

There is a growing demand for high quality, inclusive public services as well as increased public scrutiny of government spending. Decision makers are facing the need to reach timely decisions in an increasingly volatile uncertain and complex environment. Policy making nowadays also involves the entanglement of formal and informal actors, making it difficult to control the way in which evidence feeds into the policy and decision making processes. Yet, the need to ensure that quality evidence can effectively feed into policy and decision making processes is necessary to guarantee the effectiveness of public interventions, to achieve inclusive growth, and to rebuild trust in public institutions and science.

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Brexit: Impact on Science – Watch the debate

Brexit: Impact on Science

 
LONDON: On 8th May, EuroScience and The Royal Institution in London hosted a highly successful debate on the potential effect of Brexit on European Science. The stimulating remarks and comments during the Brexit debate proved importance of such discussion.

The public found it rich and lively, and it was a very good contribution to the further discussions the scientific community needs to have. 2500 people watched the event online, with 60% of these tuning in from outside the UK.

To watch the recording or download all related documents, click here.

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Pacific Islands – Samoa Mar 2017

In partnership with UNESCO, INGSA held a meeting in Apia, Samoa March 29th to 30th 2017 with representatives from Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to assess the needs and options for bridging the gaps between science and policy-making in the Pacific SIDS, in the framework of the challenges of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This preliminary meeting provided an opportunity for dialogue amongst the Pacific SIDS representatives and international organisations about the ways in which science advice mechanisms – both national and regional – could be put in place in the region.

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Revision of the UNESCO Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers

Following an extensive consultation process, UNESCO has now released its Revisions on the Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers. You can access the document here.

This will be debated and assessed by Member States at the UNESCO 39th General Conference (Paris, Oct-Nov 2017). The Revision includes a section on “Scientific researchers in the context of national policy-making” that is of particular interest to the network.

Download the text of the Revision here.

Upcoming Workshop on Science advice for public policy: A multi-level perspective

“Science advice for public policy: A multi-level perspective”

Date: Wednesday 12th April 2017

Time: 10:00-11:00am

Venue: Stockholm Environment Institute, 11 Curtis Ave., Medford, MA

Summary

The seminar brings together scientists from the Stockholm Environment Institute, Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts who are currently involved in science advice and will distill key lessons that can be considered in the development and the environment arenas. There will be three presentations: a comparative analysis of financing clean energy innovation between China and the United States; science, technology and innovation in the African Union’s Agenda 2063; and, the future of scientific advice to the United Nations. The presentations will be followed by a moderated panel discussion involving Q&A interactions with the audience. Space is limited so please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevdV7pGxeJM11p-Dh-yOlgWA9Fw4IgeTe3dpWosHDQ_pgILA/viewform

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Social Science workshop in Germany

The role of social sciences in public policy processes is an increasing focus of academic and science policy debates, with regular calls for better integration of social science evidence and expertise in policy advice processes. In late April, MCC, Stiftung Mercator and INGSA will hold a one day workshop to discuss the challenges, opportunities and guidelines for social science policy advice in Europe.

This workshop is fully subscribed; however workshop conclusions will be shared on the INGSA website.

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Science Advice in Nordic Countries

Together with Aalborg University, INGSA is organizing a seminar to discuss issues of governmental science and to share best practices and perspectives on science advice to government. The goal of the workshop is to create a dialogue between Nordic advisers, experts and practitioners to share models and lessons.

The seminar will also provide an opportunity to reflect on INGSA’s draft principles and guidelines which will aim to lay out a framework to guide the organization and conduct of—as well as the appropriate expectations for—science advisory processes in democratic government.

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The Role of Academies for Science Advice

In early April, just ahead of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s 150th celebrations, INGSA will hold a seminar in Auckland looking at the role of academies in the science advice ecosystem.

The workshop is focused on exploring the evolving role of academies in providing scientific advice to both governments and the public. Amongst the questions to be asked are: What is the optimum role of academies in national science advice ecosystem? It is increasingly recognised that the work of facilitating the uptake and use of policy-relevant science in government decision making is beyond the scope of any individual knowledge broker or authoritative body. Rather, to enhance the interface between the science (broadly defined) and public policy, an ecosystem approach is often invoked. But what does this look like in practice?

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Small Island Developing States – Pacific

In partnership with UNESCO, INGSA is planning a meeting in Apia, Samoa in late March with representatives from Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to assess the needs and options for bridging the gaps between science and policy-making in the Pacific SIDS, in the framework of the challenges of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This preliminary meeting will provide an opportunity for dialogue amongst the Pacific SIDS representatives and international organisations about the ways in which science advice mechanisms – both national and regional – could be put in place in the region.

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