INGSA convenes an international conference every two years on the issues of science advice to governments.
The 1st international conference on science advice to governments was convened by Sir Peter Gluckman in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2014 at the request of ICSU. This landmark gathering highlighted the common challenges faced in science advisory systems across the globe and often address as well as the issues that have a global dimension. At the end of this conference, there was a clear call for closer collaboration and a continuous dialogue among science advice practitioners. These conclusions resulted in the formation of the INGSA network under the aegis of ICSU.
The 2016 conference was held in partnership with the European Commission in Brussels on the 29th and 30th of September, 2016. Under the title ‘Science and Policy Making: towards a new dialogue’, the event attracted about 450 participants from 72 countries, including prominent users and providers of scientific advice on critical global issues.
Japan will host INGSA’s third international science advice to government conference in 2018. A date is yet to be set, though planning discussions are underway with key partners in Japan. The expectation is that the conference will focus on two or three targeted themes in detail.