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Science and Policy Making: towards a new dialogue

September 29th-30th 2016, Brussels, Belgium

We are pleased to announce registration is now open for the 2nd International Network for Government Science Advice Conference.
Jointly organised by the European Commission and the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), this important global conference will bring together users and providers of scientific advice on critical, global issues. Policy-makers, leading practitioners and scholars in the field of science advice to governments, as well as other stakeholders, will explore principles and practices in a variety of current and challenging policy contexts. It will also present the new Scientific Advice Mechanism of the European Commission to the international community.

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JRC Water-Energy and Food Nexus Workshop

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INGSA looks forward to collaborating with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission on its upcoming capacity building event scheduled for late August in Italy.

Jointly organised by the European Commission, the African Union Commission and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), this is a capacity building event connecting African and European scientists and policymakers to learn together how to better use evidence for policy-making. The event, taking place at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre site in Ispra (Italy), from 30 August to 2 September 2016, will focus on the water-energy and food (W-E-F) nexus. The programme includes lectures and panels with high-level policymakers and scientists, as well as highly engaging interactive master classes.

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Palgrave Collection on Scientific Advice to Government

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The first of a new thematic collection of open access, peer-reviewed articles on Scientific Advice to Governments has been published: available here and here. More articles will be published between now and the end of September, to coincide with the INGSA summit in Brussels. Edited by Sir Peter Gluckman and James Wilsdon, the Palgrave Communications collection will feature more than twenty papers on the theory, practice and politics of scientific advice, from scholars and practitioners in Canada, China, Japan, Netherlands, Nigeria, UK and US.

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New Website Resources

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Visit our resource page for useful documents in the science to policy space, including the recent additions listed below.

NEW: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities at the Science-Policy Interface: domestic and global perspectives. Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, INGSA Chair and Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand presents to the Science Policy Forum of the United Nations Environmental Assembly in Kenya, May 2016.

NEW: Comment from Canadian Science Policy Centre: The Chief Science Officer’s Roles within Government – Ted Hsu, 29 March 2016

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Registration now open for Science & Policy Making Conference

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The European Commission and INGSA are pleased to announce registration is now open for the 2nd International Network for Government Science Advice Conference titled Science and Policy Making: towards a new dialogue.

The two-day conference will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th September 2016. Jointly organised by the European Commission and the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), the conference will bring together users and providers of scientific advice on critical, global issues. Policy-makers, leading practitioners and scholars in the field of science advice to governments, as well as other stakeholders, will explore principles and practices in a variety of current and challenging policy contexts. It will also present the new Scientific Advice Mechanism of the European Commission to the international community.

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Attention African Scientists: JRC Capacity Building Workshop Open for Submissions

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INGSA looks forward to collaborating with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission on its upcoming capacity building event scheduled for late August in Italy.

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission welcomes applications for a capacity building event, connecting African and European scientists and policymakers to learn together how to better use evidence for policy-making. They are looking for 25 scientists from across Africa who are engaged in research into water-energy and food (W-E-F) nexus, including those involved in collaborative research projects funded by FP7, Horizon 2020, the African Union Research Grants, the ACP S&T Programme and the ERAfrica initiative.

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New Website Resources

capacity building, access to accurate information, and efforts that aim to break silos and build interdisciplinary

Visit our resource page for both Sir Peter Gluckman’s opening address and Dr Tolullah Oni’s engaging presentation from the recent InterAcademy Partnership Conference.

NEW: Science Advice Ecosystem: the role of emerging scientists and young academies. Dr Tolullah Oni, Co-chair South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and Senior Lecturer Public Health at the University of Cape Town presents to the InterAcademy Partnership Conference on Science Advice in South Africa, February 2016.

NEW: Science Advice to Governments: Multiple Modalities, Consistent Principles. Sir Peter Gluckman, INGSA Chair and Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand delivers his opening address at the InterAcademy Partnership Conference on Science Advice in South Africa, February 2016.

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New INGSA Website

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Over the past month we have been working behind the scenes to launch a dynamic new website www.ingsa.org . We wanted to give you an improved platform for accessing and sharing news, ideas and tools for science policy advice. We encourage and welcome your ideas for resources, news and guest blogs. Please send your suggestions to us at info@ingsa.org.

INGSA Panel Discussion at EuroScience Open Forum

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For those planning to attend the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) this year in Manchester, please take note of the INGSA panel session titled Cool heads in crises: sound scientific advice in emergencies at on Tuesday 26th July. The challenges of delivering scientific advice to policy-makers are particularly acute in emergency situations. Our panel of experts will explore examples to better understand what works (what doesn’t) and why; inform scientific, practitioner and policy-maker approaches to expert advice; and strengthen international networks in order to make scientific advice more effective, robust and resilient before and during crises.

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