At the World Science Forum (WSF) in Budapest in 2015, delegates called for:
“..The need to define the principles, processes and application of science advice and to address the theoretical and practical questions regarding the independence, transparency, visibility and accountability of those who receive and provide advice has never been more important…………We call for concerted action of scientists and policy-makers to define and promulgate universal principles for developing and communicating science to inform and evaluate policy based on responsibility, integrity, independence, and accountability.”
Nearly a year on, INGSA is making progress responding to this call. As an international and broad-based network, supported by recognized international science bodies such as ICSU and UNESCO, INGSA is well positioned to provide the platform to convene expertise and broadly consult on draft principles for science advice.
We have a series of consultative workshops planned over the next year for input into the draft principles, with the intention of reporting back to the World Science Forum in Jordan 2017. We will also use our website as a submission portal for suggestions from INGSA members. You will be alerted once the portal is open with draft material ready for review. To support this process, we have just launched a new principles and guidelines collection in the resource section of the INGSA website. We welcome your suggestions of additional resources that should be included in this collection.