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Announcements

INGSA’s The Horizon Series Interview with Professor Vikram Patel

“Mental health is everyone’s business.”

Watch our interview with world-renowned mental health expert Professor Vikram Patel on the important topic of decolonising global health and the ongoing mental health crisis.

The Horizon Series is INGSA’s new interview series featuring leading experts at the global science-society-policy nexus. You can watch all the other interviews in the series at https://www.ingsa.org/2021-horizon/.

Register Now! Webinar on Rebuilding Public Trust in Science

INGSA-Asia is organising a webinar titled Rebuilding Public Trust in Science” in collaboration with the Southeast Asia Science Advice Network (SEA SAN) on the 28th of July.

This webinar aims to examine the growing issue of declining public trust in science, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to highlight the value and importance of rebuilding that trust for the effective management of current and future crises.

To register your interest and receive the link to the webinar, click here and fill in the form by the 25th of July. Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Job Opportunity: Regional Programme Officer

INGSA-Asia is hiring for the position of Regional Programme Officer. We are looking for highly motivated and independent applicants who:

  • Can be based in Selangor or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline; Master’s Degree is preferable
  • Possess a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a programme delivery position; however, fresh graduates with relevant internship experience are also encouraged to apply
  • Can manage the day-to-day operations of INGSA-Asia, and take charge of the communications, budget management, and implementation of programmes

For interested applicants, you may send in your resume to ingsa.asia@gmail.com by 31 August 2021.

Winners of INGSA-Asia Essay Contest 2020

INGSA-Asia would like to congratulate the winners of its essay contest themed How is science advice used for the government in your country? on their incredible achievements. The winning authors, who came from various countries across the region, were each awarded a Certificate of Distinction as well as a travel bursary worth 200 USD to an international INGSA workshop.

The five winning entries were:

  • Dr Erfan Shamsoddin (Iran) – Evidence Based Policy Making and Responses during COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case for Iran
  • Dr Kristoffer B. Berse (Philippines)– Walking on a Tightrope: The Challenging Role of Science Advice in Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Philippines
  • Dr Nor Adilla Rashidi (Malaysia) – Bioenergy Policies and Practices in Malaysia: Science Advices and Contributions from Each Stakeholder (Government, Industrial Sector, Academician, and Researcher)
  • Prof Satoru Ohtake (Japan)– Science Advice in Japan – Progressing, but in the Middle
  • Prof Sunita Tripathy (India) – Science Advice for Regulating Clinical Trials for a SARS-Cov-2 Vaccine in India

Three other authors received honourable mentions for their outstanding participation and were awarded Certificates of Merit. They are:

  • Anvesha Singhal (India) – How is Science Advice Used in My Country, India?
  • Kulendran Anushan (Sri Lanka) – Scientists Design a Science-Policy Interface for Effective Strategies on Drug Control in Sri Lanka
  • Dr Nova Ahmed (Bangladesh) – Communicating to Marginal Communities

INGSA-Asia would like to thank all the participants for their remarkable essays, and hopes to hold similar contests in the near future.

Workshops

2020 YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award Workshop on Science Advice

On the 5th of June 2021, INGSA-Asia supported a science advice workshop that was organised by the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM). This workshop was held in conjunction with the 2020 YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award, which aims to recognise and empower a cohort of emerging research talent in Malaysia. The Chair of INGSA-Asia, Prof Dr Abhi Veerakumarasivam, led the workshop which included a talk on the principles of science advice as well as a case study (Coralesia) that focused on balancing biodiversity sustainability, indigenous populations’, and socio-political-economic interests.

Through this workshop, the participants were exposed to the value and complex nature of science advice as well as their role as scientists in the promotion of evidence-informed policy making. The case study used in this workshop is one of the many INGSA case studies that are available on our website. We are continually building our case study library and welcome your ideas and support in developing new cases. If you would like to contribute, please send your submissions to info@ingsa.org.

Science Advice and Diplomacy in the Battle against COVID-19

On the 21st of January 2021, INGSA-Asia co-organised a webinar titled “Science Advice and Diplomacy in the Battle against COVID-19” in collaboration with the Young Scientists Forum Nepal, the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, and the Nepal Health Research Council. This webinar, which marked INGSA-Asia’s first initiative in Nepal, was attended by over 100 academicians, scientists, and policy makers from around the world, and was also shared on Facebook Live where it has been viewed by over 2,000 people worldwide.

For more information on the workshop, see the workshop page!

Research

2020 Research Survey Report on the Role of Scientific Knowledge in Policymaking: Scientist and Policymaker Perspectives

The Science in Policy Making survey was launched in August 2019 as part of a study commissioned by the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), to map the state of and capacity for science advice in Asia. Research associates led by Prof Dr Abhi Veerakumarasivam, the Chair of INGSA-Asia, surveyed a total of 306 respondents consisting of policy makers, scientists, and researchers from various Asian countries.

The objective of the survey was to understand the perspectives of policy makers and scientists/researchers on the use of scientific knowledge, as well as the role of scientists/researchers in policy making. The 2020 INGSA-Asia Research Survey Report is a timely and insightful look at the current state-of-play, and provides strong signposts for how systems and relationships could be better leveraged for even greater benefit in the region.

Read the full report here: 2020 INGSA-Asia Regional Survey Report

Note: A Comparative Analysis Report is currently being developed that will integrate results from regional surveys in Africa, Asia, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).