See below for activities and opportunities organised by the INGSA-Asia Regional Chapter.

For more information or to be kept up to date about the activities of INGSA-Asia, make sure you’ve signed up to join the INGSA-Asia network by emailing the Regional Programme Officer, Arjun Thanaraju at!


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, Chair of INGSA Asia, surveyed a total of 306 respondents consisting of policymakers, scientists and researchers from various Asian countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Cambodia, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, China, Korea, Bangladesh, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, Nepal and Laos.

The objective of the survey was to understand the perspectives of policymakers and scientists or researchers on the use of scientific knowledge, as well as the role of scientists or researchers in policy making.

The 2020 INGSA-Asia Research Survey Report is a timely and incisive 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. We encourage you to have a read of the report and to share it:

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

Please Note: A Synthesis Report is being developed that will integrate Regional Surveys from Africa, Asia and Latin America.



Announcing the 2019 INGSA-Asia Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Award

The inaugural INGSA Asia Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Award was established to provide opportunities to alumni of INGSA Asia workshops to deliver their newly-gained insights and skills in science advice to their fellows’ scientists or policy makers in their home country. After reviewing applications from various countries, INGSA Asia is excited to announce the 6 inaugural awardees from 6 different countries in Asia:

  1. Dr Anjana Pandey (India) – Science Advice on Nutrition and Health
  2. Dr Benjamin Vallejo (Philippines) – Postnormal Science Advice on The Rehabilitation of Manila Bay
  3. Dr Hammad Cheema (Pakistan) – Using Scientific Evidence for Maximizing Benefits of China Pakistan Economic Corridor
  4. Dr Laely Nurhidayah (Indonesia) – Science Advice on Climate Change Adaptation in Addressing Sea Level Rise (SLR) in Indonesia
  5. Dr Sarwar Jahan (Bangladesh) – Government Science Advice in Forest Products Industry
  6. Prof Ir Dr Suzana Yusup (Malaysia) – Energy security in Malaysia – the past, present, and way forward

Congratulations to all the awardees! More information about the workshops and activities will be shared as they develop.

We look forward to offering future opportunities such as this in future. To make sure you receive the most up-to-date information, make sure you are signed up to the INGSA network



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!

East Asia Capacity Building Workshop on Biodiversity and Its Research Management

On the 23rd and 24th of September 2019, INGSA Asia together with Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI), Indonesian Society of Microbial Ecology (InSME), International University Liaison Indonesia (IULI), Knowledge Sector Initiatives and Global Development Network organized the INGSA Asia Capacity Building Workshop in Science Advice themed “Biodiversity and Its Research Management”.

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

East Asia Capacity Building Workshop on Non-Communicable Diseases

INGSA Asia hosted the first Regional Workshop for 2019. The workshop themed “Non-communicable Diseases & Science Advice” was co-organised between INGSA Asia, International Science Council Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ISC ROAP) and Malaysian Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) with Asia Research News as the media partner.

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