Workshop: Capacity Building for Effective Science Advice

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Building Capacity for Effective Science Advice: Current Needs and Opportunities

The Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, New Zealand, and the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) of University College London are pleased to announce two additional events that may interest registrants to the Science Advice to Governments Conference:

1) Breakfast Panel: 08:00-09:30 on Saturday, 30 August 2015
Location: Heritage Hotel, Auckland

2) Roundtable: 09:00-17:00 on Monday, 1 September 2015
Location: Liggins Institute conference room, 85 Park Road, Grafton Campus (University of Auckland)

Developing effective science advisory systems requires building the capacity of individuals and institutions to fulfil a diverse range of advisory requirements. The aim of the panel and roundtable events is to scope the capacity-building needs across a range of cultural and political contexts, and governance scales (local through transnational). These events will provide an opportunity for those involved in the field of science advice to exchange ideas on identified gaps and promising practices in order to begin thinking formally about the design and delivery of interventions that begin to fill these needs. Discussion is expected to focus on a variety of potential interventions such as arrangements for sharing institutional best practices; professional development programmes and communities of practice; and university education for the next generation of policy-conversant scientists and science-savvy policy professionals.

The panel and roundtable events are timed to capitalise on the presence, in Auckland, of Science Advisory delegations from around the world who will be participating in the Science Advice to Governments meeting. It is expected that members of these delegations will wish to stay on for one or both capacity-building discussions. In addition, the meeting is expected to draw public servants and academics from New Zealand, and neighbouring Asia-pacific jurisdictions. Participants may choose to attend one or both events as a series; however attendance at both will be limited, so please ensure to register your interest in attending soon.

Taken together or as separate events, the panel and the roundtable are expected to help scope the systemic and operational issues that are common across jurisdictions in capacity building for better science-based development of public policy. A report from the roundtable will provide the basis for a framework that will be made publically available to help civil services, universities and other training environments to structure their actions toward increased capacity at multiple levels within science advisory systems. Over the longer term, themes generated at the roundtable will be further developed through research, and further resource material on capacity building will be made available by the collaborating partners.

Please see the agenda for the two events for more details.