In response to a request from network members from LMIC in particular, beginning in 2016 INGSA is planning a series of capacity building workshops for both scientists and policy practitioners on the provision of robust science advice to decision-makers.
The first workshop on science advice in the African region was held on February 26th to 27th 2016 in Hermanus, South Africa preceding the Inter-Academies Panel Annual General Meeting and in collaboration with the Academy of Sciences of South Africa. There is considerable enthusiasm and support for this workshop with an excess of 500 applicants for 40 delegate spots. The delegates selected created a dynamic learning environment with open discussion and knowledge sharing. The atmosphere was unique and vibrant with a genuine sense of building something together. There is no doubt that the workshop is already producing a lot of positive feedback and the format and discussions in Hermanus set the benchmark for a planned series of valuable INGSA workshops around the globe. The workshop report can be found here.
Thank you to Roseanne Diab and her team at ASSAf for their expertise and support in making the workshop a success. INGSA is also grateful to the governments of New Zealand and South Africa, ICSU, the Royal Society of London and to the Welcome Trust for their support.
With INGSA collaborators, there are plans for other capacity building workshops through late 2016 and 2017, including in Small Island States, Latin America, Europe and Francophone Africa. To receive email updates with details about upcoming workshops please join the network or follow us on twitter @INGSciAdvice.