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

Watch Prof Arthur Petersen’s Inaugural Lecture at STEaPP

A Climate of Change? Renegotiating Values in Science and Engineering Advice

View the recording of the lecture here.

Arthur Petersen is Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy at University College London’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) department.

On the 22nd March Prof Petersen gave his inaugural address

In this lecture, Professor Petersen traced the relationship between university and government, from the birth of science advice to the present day. Positioning the university as a platform for independent thinking and partisan perspectives, he explored its role in public decision-making around science, technology and engineering. read more

Registrations Open: OECD Evidence-Informed Policy Making Event – Paris 26 & 27 June

OECD – Governing better through evidence-informed policy making

REGISTRATIONS OPEN: 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).

Registrations are now open via the event website read more

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. read more

INGSA workshop on social science advice to policy: perspectives from an early career researcher

Alessandro Allegra
Doctoral Candidate in Science and Technology Studies, University College London

What are the current challenges and opportunities for social science advice to policy in Europe? What can social science tell us about the roles and responsibilities of scientific advisors? These are some of the questions addressed by academics, representatives of learned societies, and of philanthropic research foundations at a recent workshop organised in Berlin by the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) together with the Mercator Foundation and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change on the 25th of April 2017. read more

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. read more

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. read more

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