In August, some of the world’s chief government science advisers will be meeting in New Zealand to discuss:
- How can the relationship between the science community and policy makers be better managed?
- How can strategic science advice help governments deal with crises (e.g. SARS, bird flu, natural/industrial disasters)?
- What can science advisors do when the evidence contradicts entrenched political positions?
What have countries learned about the art of giving science advice to governments? What works best in different countries?
The organizing committee has just started a series of social media activities in the lead up to the Science Advice to Governments conference.
Participants and others who are interested but unable to attend are encouraged to join these social media efforts:
— Join a dynamic and interactive virtual network of communication professionals from research institutes, science adviser offices and science ministries, science media centres and science policy academics by emailing our social media coordinator, Michelle Kovacevic: kovamic[at]gmail.com. The team will share and generate content (blog stories, videos, podcasts etc) ahead of, during and after the conference.
— Contribute articles to the conference blog: See details here.
Stay tuned for more ways that you can virtually get involved in the conference!