Prof James Wilsdon on The Guardian – The deferred promise of Islamic-world science

Ehsan Masood and INGSA co-Chair, Prof James Wilsdon on The Guardian: 

The deferred promise of Islamic-world science

“Ten years ago, there was excitement about the prospects for science and innovation across the Islamic world. Was this optimism misplaced?

Last week, almost 3,000 scientists and policymakers from 120 countries gathered on the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan for the 2017 World Science Forum. It was a landmark moment for Jordanian science, and a tribute to the vision of Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, president of Jordan’s Royal Scientific Society, who is in the vanguard of a new generation of leaders championing science and innovation in the region. Jordan is also home to the Middle East’s first advanced light source facility – the Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications, or Sesame – which was inaugurated earlier this year as a shared resource for researchers fromCyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey. read more

*Research interview Sir Peter Gluckman about #INGSA2030

In an interview with, INGSA Chair, Sir Peter Gluckman, talks about the recommendations within the new draft INGSA Manifesto for 2030 – Scientific Advice for the Global Goals


National science advisers are expected to call on the UN to reinstate its Scientific Advisory Board under a new structure after it was quietly shelved in September. 

The UN should establish a board to link up national and global science advisers, a draft manifesto by the International Network for Government Science Advice will say. The document, which outlines Ingsa’s aims and policies for 2030, is expected to be published at about 8pm GMT on 10 November. read more

INGSA at the World Science Forum 2017


INGSA at the World Science Forum, Jordan 2017

The programme has been released for the 2017 World Science Forum, to be held 7-11 November 2017 at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre overlooking the Dead Sea.

Headed by Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan – who was recently appointed UNESCO Ambassador for Science – the programme will bring together speakers and delegates from around the world, under the overarching theme of ‘Science for Peace’.

INGSA will be present, and will be making a special announcement during the Forum. To be the first to find out more follow INGSA on Twitter, or join the INGSA network: read more

Applications Open – INGSA Grants for 2018

Applications now open for 2018 INGSA Research Associate Grants!

INGSA is proud to announce that in 2018 it will be offering six professional development and research grants to support early-to-mid career researchers or policy practitioners in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

Each grant recipient will manage and conduct a project of their choice on the priority research theme of the role of scientific evidence and advice in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Grant recipients will become INGSA Research Associates, and receive upto €15,000 each to complete their project. Additional support will be made available for applicants to travel to the INGSA conference in Japan in September 2018. read more

GUEST BLOG: Global or Local? Where can science influence urban policy best?

Sam Lane is a Research Assistant at UCL City Leadership Lab. You can follow on Sam on Twitter: @SamKeithLane

Urban policy seldom exists, at least under that title. Many regard urban policy as city or municipal government policy which covers issues from land-use zoning to waste collection, and education to healthcare services. But is this where science can influence urban policy best?

At a national level, few countries have a national urban policy and these are often criticised for not focusing on enough of the issues that urban areas face, or that they are too focused on the city economies rather than the citizens. In the absence of a national urban policy, where do researchers go with their findings on the urban? Very often, different civil servants across departments read chapters on urban research from a variety of global reports but this information remains siloed in these departments. read more

GUEST BLOG: Science Diplomacy – Reflections from Quebec and Canada

This blog is a reflection on a Panel Discussion that occurred 10th May 2017 at the Association Francophone Pour Le Savoir (ACFAS) 2017 Congress in Montreal, Canada.

Written by: Tina Gruosso
Adapted by: Mary-Rose Bradley-Gill, Kim Phan and Tina Gruosso

Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec
Paul Dufour, fellow and adjunct professor at the Institute for Science, Society and
Policy in the University of Ottawa
Stéphane Roussel, Director of CIRRICQ1
Michel Lafleur, Associate Deputy Minister for Bilateral Affairs, Province of Quebec
Denis Robert, Director of Foreign Policy Research at Global Affairs Canada
Nicolas Chapuis, Ambassador of France to Canada
Nick Baker, Consul General of Great Britain in Montreal
Urs Obrist, Senior Science and Technology Counsellor at Embassy of Switzerland
to Canada
Michel Robitaille, Chief Executive Officer at LOJIQ2
• Jean Lebel, President of IDRC3
Maryse Lassonde, member of the Royal Society of Canada and FRQNT4
Pierre Marc Johnson, counsel and former Premier of Quebec read more

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