A network of legislative science advice researchers and practitioners

INGSA’s Parliamentary Special Interest Division (SID) serves as a forum for experts and those interested in expanding their knowledge of legislative science advice. Through events, an online network and a focused agenda for research and practice, the chapter connects researchers and practitioners to promote the capacity of advisory systems.

Membership is free and open to anyone working in legislatures as scientific and technical advisers, intermediaries who bridge the gap between the research community and legislatures, and people who produce evidence, including those who research legislative knowledge systems.

The formation of a Parliamentary SID of INGSA was announced in November 2018 at the organisation’s biennial conference.

Join the Parliamentary Division Now!

To join the INGSA-Parliamentary SID, simply sign up at https://www.ingsa.org/join/ and register for any of the Special Interest Divisions that are of interest.

Even if you are already a member of the INGSA network, so long as you sign up again using the same email address this will only update your preferences and will not result in duplicate emails.


Research Outputs:

Congratulations to Parliamentary Division Chairs, Karen Akerlof and Chris Tyler, for the Open Access publication of their paper outlining a collaborative research agenda in legislative science advice. Many members of the Parliamentary Division contributed their thoughts to the article – thanks to everyone involved.

Read it now at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-019-0318-6 


Upcoming conferences and events


Seattle – February 2020 – Read the meeting summary

The AAAS Annual Meeting 2020 has the theme of ‘Envisioning Tomorrow’s Earth’. ‘The 2020 meeting theme focuses on drawing on our current understanding of the world, and bravely experimenting with forward-thinking visions, the scientific community needs to respond with discoveries and developments to help solve many pressing problems.’


Trieste, Italy – 5-7 July 2020

The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2020 Meeting will cover nine topics: blue planet; I compute therefore I am; science and society; breaking frontiers in science and knowledge; sustainable future; nourishing the planet; live long and prosper; science for policy/policy for science; the smart city.


INGSA – 14-18 September 2020 [Postponed]

The INGSA 2020 conference, 14-18 September in Montreal, Canada, will include a full-day seminar and workshop for the INGSA Parliamentary SID. Everyone at the conference interested in legislative science advice will be invited. More details to follow.



Past Events and Conferences

Rome – 26 June 2019

The Italian #ScienzaInParlamento grassroot initiative organizes its first conference on legislative science advice in Italy at LUISS University in Rome on June 26th. Further details here: https://www.eventbrite.it/e/biglietti-un-appello-per-la-scienzainparlamento-62635388132

Stockholm – 11 October 2019

The European Parliamentary Technology Assessment (EPTA) network – the world’s only network of legislative technology assessment offices – is hosting its annual conference in Stockholm on 11 October. The topic under consideration will be ‘The use of welfare technology in elderly care’ with speakers from across the EPTA network, which includes European countries, and the US, Mexico, Chile and Japan.

Atlanta – 14-16 October 2019

The Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy provides a showcase for the highest quality scholarship from around the world addressing the challenges and characteristics of science and innovation policy and processes.

Bratislava – 4-6 November 2019

The 4th European Technology Assessment Conference will take on the theme of ‘Value-driven Technologies: Methods, Limits, and Prospects for Governing Innovations’. The aim of the conference is to discuss how TA and related activities such as STS, RRI, public engagement and foresight can contribute to knowledge-based policy-making

Ottawa – 13-15 November 2019

The Canadian Science Policy Conference bring together scientists, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, politicians, journalists, students and many others from across the country to discuss, exchange ideas, and mobilise knowledge regarding the present and future of Canadian science, technology, and innovation policy. Legislative science advice will appear as one of the panel topics this year.