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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Revision of the UNESCO Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers

Following an extensive consultation process, UNESCO has now released its Revisions on the Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers. You can access the document here.

This will be debated and assessed by Member States at the UNESCO 39th General Conference (Paris, Oct-Nov 2017). The Revision includes a section on “Scientific researchers in the context of national policy-making” that is of particular interest to the network.

Download the text of the Revision here.

Upcoming Workshop on Science advice for public policy: A multi-level perspective

“Science advice for public policy: A multi-level perspective”

Date: Wednesday 12th April 2017

Time: 10:00-11:00am

Venue: Stockholm Environment Institute, 11 Curtis Ave., Medford, MA


The seminar brings together scientists from the Stockholm Environment Institute, Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts who are currently involved in science advice and will distill key lessons that can be considered in the development and the environment arenas. There will be three presentations: a comparative analysis of financing clean energy innovation between China and the United States; science, technology and innovation in the African Union’s Agenda 2063; and, the future of scientific advice to the United Nations. The presentations will be followed by a moderated panel discussion involving Q&A interactions with the audience. Space is limited so please RSVP here:

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