INGSA2018 - Science Advice for a Changing World

6th - 7th November, 2018 - Tokyo, Japan


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To ensure that INGSA2018 is of ongoing value to the whole of the INGSA network, we have made available the conference presentations, and across a range of podcasts and videos. The relevant media for each session is listed next to the sessions or speaker below:



Opening Session   ( FILM VIDEO

Opening remarks : Teruo KISHI, Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

Welcome remarks : Akihiko TANAKA, President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Welcome remarks : Michinari HAMAGUCHI, President, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Greetings : Kazuhiko TAKEUCHI, Vice President, Science Council of Japan

Presidential address : Sir Peter GLUCKMAN, Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), Former-Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, International Science Council President-elect


Rt Hon. Helen Clark , Former Administrator of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Plenary Session I: SDGs and the science-policy interface     ( FILM VIDEO )

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a critical framing device for progressing both national and the global agendas. In nearly all of the SDGs, natural science, social science, data science, technology, economic and political science, and particularly implementation science will be needed. This session will explore the ways that science relates to the SDGs. Aspects such as, how science can help deliver the SDGs, the changing scientific and technological context in which the goals must be considered, and how to use science and the science-policy nexus and science diplomacy to better integrate the SDGs into domestic policy.

MODERATOR: Yuko HARAYAMA, Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University

Matthew WALLACE, Senior Program Officer, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

⇒ SDGs and STI in the developing worldPDF PDF)

Daya REDDY, President, International Science Council (ISC)

Klaus TILMES, Senior Advisor, Science Technology and Innovation, World Bank

⇒ SDGs and the Science Policy Interface   ( PDF PDF)

Michiharu NAKAMURA, Counsellor to the President of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

⇒ Challenges on Technology Facilitation Mechanism for "STIs for SDGs" - Scaling Up Innovations  ( PDF PDF)

Rt Hon. Helen CLARK, Former Administrator of UNDP, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Parallel Session 1.1: Human wellbeing in a digital age – Are new measures and considerations needed in the face of pervasive technology?  ( Podcast PODCAST , TRANS Transcript available on request )

MODERATOR: Kristiann ALLEN, Executive Secretary of INGSA

Toyoaki NISHIDA, Professor, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University

⇒ Public AI  ( PDF PDF)

Fabrice MURTIN, A Head of Section at the OECD in the Households Statistics and Progress Measurement Division

⇒ Understanding the opportunities and risks of the digital transformation for people's well-being  ( PDF PDF)

Tahu KUKUTAI, Professor, University of Waikato

⇒ Data and Wellbeing in a Digital Age: The Case for Indigenous Data Sovereignty  (PDF PDF)

Mylène DESCHÊNES, Director, Ethics and Legal Affairs, Office of the Chief Scientist, Fonds de recherche du Québec

⇒ Wellbeing in a Digital Age: Elements to Consider  ( PDF PDF)

Yuko HARAYAMA, Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University

Parallel Session 2.1: The role of arts, humanities and the interpretive social sciences in advancing knowledge advice for the SDGs   ( FILM VIDEOPodcast PODCASTTRANS Transcript available on request )

MODERATOR David Budtz PEDERSEN, Professor of Science Studies, Aalborg University

Sujatha RAMAN, Associate Professor/Reader & Director of Research, Australian National University

⇒ Social Sciences in advancing the knowledge advice for the SDGs  ( PDF  PDF)

Christine WEIDENSLAUFER, Attorney at Law, Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile

⇒ Strategies for advancing knowledge advice for the SDGs in Chile's Congress  ( PDF  PDF)

Matthias KAISER, Director, Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities (SVT), University of Bergen

⇒ Radical Interdisciplinarity: When post-normality becomes the rule and all knowledge becomes soft!  ( PDF PDF)

Marc SANER, Full Professor and Chair, University of Ottawa, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics

⇒ SDGs, Ethics and Earth MeasurementPDF PDF)

Parallel Session 3.1: Building trust between evidence brokers and multiple audiences   ( Podcast PODCASTTRANS Transcript available on request )

MODERATOR Jan Marco MÜLLER, Coordinator for Science to Policy and Science Diplomacy, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

⇒ Linking Policy and Science  ( PDF PDF)

Rebekah WIDDOWFIELD, Chief Executive, Royal Society of Edinburgh

⇒ The Future of Science Advice: Building Trust  ( PDF PDF)

Motoko KAKUBAYASHI, Press officer at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), The University of Tokyo

Roger PIELKE, Professor, Department of Athletics at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado Boulder

Tracey BROWN, Director of Sense About Science

⇒ What Crisis of Trust? - Is rhetoric supported by the data?  ( PDF PDF)

Janusz BUJNICKI, Professor, Member of the European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw

Parallel Session 4.1: Dealing with disaster – The role of science advice before, after, during    ( Podcast PODCASTTRANS Transcript available on request )

MODERATOR: Abhi VEERAKUMARASIVAM, Professor/Doctor, Department of Biotechnology, School of Science and Technology, Sunway University

Haruo HAYASHI, President, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience

⇒ Science-based contribution for better emergency response by NIED through SIP4D  ( PDF PDF)

Tom De GROEVE, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

⇒ Knowledge for Disaster Risk Management  ( PDF PDF)

Elizabeth Silvestre ESPINOZA, Vicerrector of Research of Universidad Católica Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo

⇒ Early Warning System Concept  ( PDF PDF)

Meghnath DHIMAL, Senior Research Officer and Chief, Health Research Section, Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC)

⇒ Climate Change, Disasters and Health: How to protect population health?PDF PDF)

Anne BARDSLEY, Associate Director of Research, Centre for Science in Policy, Diplomacy and Society (SciPoDS), University of Auckland

⇒ Facilitating Transnational Co-Operation and Exchange of Information   ( PDF PDF)

Plenary Panel Session II: Socio-techno transformation and the Global Goals    ( FILM VIDEO )

The Sustainable Development Goals require both technical and social innovation if they are to be realised. From municipalities to multi-laterals, all jurisdictions in all countries have a role to play as these goals are not a traditional “development issue”. The session will explore all types of innovations taking place right now, or those that are planned in the near future, to help realise the goals. What can we learn from each other? How is the science community engaging?

MODERATOR Connie NSHEMEREIRWE, Co-Chair, Global Young Academy

⇒ Moderator Slides PDF PDF)

Kay FIRTH-BUTTERFIELD, Head of AI and Machine Learning at the World Economic Forum

Haruo TAKEDA, Corporate Chief Engineer, Hitachi, Ltd.

⇒ Presentation   ( PDF PDF)

Xavier ESTICO, Chief Executive Officer, National Institute of Science Technology & Innovation (NISTI)

⇒ Engaging multiple communities of practice and crossing disciplines: Empowering a Smarter Seychelles  ( PDF PDF)

E. William COLGLAZIER, Editor-in-Chief, Science & Diplomacy

⇒ Harnessing Science, Technology, and Innovation to Stimulate Action on Achieving the SDGs  ( PDFPDF)

Michael BARBER, Executive Committee, Australian Academy of Sciences

⇒ Technology's Social License to Operate and its Role in Advancing the SDGs  ( PDF PDF)

Keynote Speech II  ( FILM VIDEO )

Vladimir ŠUCHA, Director-General, European Commission - Joint Research Centre

⇒ Science for Policy 2.0  ( PDF PDF)

Wrap-up and Conclusions of the first day   ( FILM VIDEO )

Marc SANER – Conclusions from Day 1


Amal Amin Ibrahim SHENDI NADA
Bernardo URBANI
Mahesh KUMAR



Opening Session: Re-cap of Day 1 and Plan for Day 2

James WILSDON, Professor of Research Policy & Vice-Chair of INGSA, University of Sheffield

Keynote Speech III    ( FILM VIDEO )

Rémi QUIRION, Chief Scientist of Québec

⇒ From local to global government advice: Practical lessons learned as the inaugural Québec Chief Scientist   ( PDF PDF)

Plenary Panel Session III: Science advice at multiple levels – From local to global   ( FILM VIDEO )

All public policy at all levels should be evidence informed, but especially regarding the SDGs. This is because the SDGs by definition will require a sustainable and coordinated global effort to achieve, but there is rarely easy consensus on the best way forward especially where a perceived solution will have trade-offs and implications. In these circumstances, evidence, honestly brokered, can be an arbiter and help point a direction toward consensus. Can knowledge brokers from multiple levels play a role in developing consensus? Under what conditions does this work or not work? How are power dynamics dealt with across levels and jurisdictions? Can science play a bridging role?

MODERATOR Tateo ARIMOTO, Visiting Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Principal Fellow, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Vice Director General, International Institute for Advanced Studies

⇒ Moderator Slides  ( PDF PDF)

Alex HARRIS, Head of Global Policy, The Wellcome Trust

ZAKRI Abdul Hamid, Former Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia

⇒ Science Advice at Multiple Levels  ( PDF PDF)

Michael HALPERN, Deputy Director, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists

⇒ Science and the Public Good   (PDF PDF)

Carla-Leanne WASHBOURNE, Lecturer in Environmental Science and Policy, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London

⇒ Science Advice at Multiple Levels  ( PDF PDF)

Parallel Session 1.2: Technological risk management – Dealing with uncertainties, risks, trade-offs and human values  ( Podcast PODCASTTRANSTranscript available on request )

MODERATOR Clarissa RIOS ROJAS, Founder & Director at Ekpa'palek / Global Young Academy

Hema SRIDHAR, Chief Advisor - C4ISR, Ministry of Defence, New Zealand

Atsushi SUNAMI, Vice President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) / Executive Director, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Pieter van BOHEEMEN, Researcher, Rathenau Instituut

Vardit RAVITSKY, Associate Professor, University of Montreal

⇒ Precaution and Responsible Innovation: Germline gene editing as a case study  ( PDF PDF)

Yasunori KIMURA, Principal Fellow, Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS), JST / Senior Fellow, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.

⇒ Benefits vs Risks in Machine Learning Apps and Internet Communications  ( PDF PDF)

Parallel Session 2.2: Mapping critical policy nodes – Identifying the articulation points between interacting SDGs and domestic policy priorities  ( FILM VIDEOPodcast PODCASTTRANS Transcript available on request )

MODERATOR Anne-Sophie STEVANCE, Science Officer, International Science Council (ISC)

Satoru OHTAKE, Adjunct Fellow, CRDS, JST/Visiting Professor, Policy Alternative Research Institute, The University of Tokyo

⇒ Bridging SDGs, STI and Policy by Mapping: Trials in Japan  ( PDF PDF)

Rémi QUIRION, Chief Scientist of Quebec

Ernest Fernandez POLCUCH, Chief of Section for Science Policy and Partnerships, UNESCO

⇒ Science for the 2030 agenda: From SDGs to Policy Priorities  ( PDF PDF)

Apollonia MIOLA, Project Leader, European Commission - Joint Research Centre

⇒ Science Policy Interface Framework for SDGs Implementation  ( PDF PDF)

Peter GLUCKMAN, Chair of INGSA

⇒ SDG Interactions and Analytics: towards more effective impact of SDGs on policy  ( PDF PDF)

Parallel Session 3.2: Skills Development for Evidence Brokerage   ( Podcast PODCASTTRANS Transcript available on request )

MODERATOR David MAIR, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Emily HAYTER, Programme Specialist & Acting Head, Evidence for Policy, INASP

⇒ Skills Development for Evidence Brokerage  ( PDF PDF)

Carlos ABELEDO, Professor of Science Policy, University of Buenos Aires

Mitsunobu KANO, Vice Executive Director, Chair of the SDGs Initiative Planning Committee, and Professor, Okayama University

⇒ What are the 'evidences' to broker?  ( PDF PDF)

Marga GUAL SOLER, Senior Project Director, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy

⇒ Immersive Science Policy Mechanisms  ( PDF PDF)

Eeva HELLSTRÖM, Senior Lead, The Finnish Innovation Fund - Sitra

⇒ Knowledge Brokerage Skills for Complex Phenomena  ( PDF PDF)

Parallel Session 4.2: Smart Cities - Urban and Urbanising Contexts   ( Podcast PODCASTTRANSTranscript available on request )

MODERATOR Rob MOORE, Executive Director, Gauteng City-Region Observatory, South Africa

⇒ What makes cities 'smart'? Knowledge for Urban Governance  ( PDF PDF)

Alice SIRAGUSA, Project Officer, European Commission Joint Research Centre

⇒ Future of Cities and Urban Spaces   ( PDF PDF)

Takashi OGUCHI, Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo

⇒ Impact of Automated Vehicle Emergence on Urban Transport  ( PDF PDF)

FONG Wee Kean, Deputy China Country Director and Global Lead for Subnational Climate Strategy at World Resources Institute (WRI)

⇒ Evidence-base city climate action planning  ( PDF PDF)

Carla-Leanne WASHBOURNE, Lecturer in Environmental Science and Policy, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, UCL

⇒ Science Advice for Urban and Urbanising Contexts  ( PDF PDF)

Parallel Session 1.3: Big data transforming policy-making – What are the opportunities and challenges?   ( Podcast PODCASTTRANS Transcript available on request )

MODERATOR Anders KARLSSON, Vice President, Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier

⇒ Big data transforming policy-making – What are the opportunities and challenges?  ( PDF PDF)

Richie POULTON, Professor; Chief Science Adviser, Social Investment Agency, University of Otago, Dunedin; NZ Government Dept, Wellington

Madiagne DIALLO, General Secretary, The Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Senegal

André Carlos PONCE DE LEON FERREIRA DE CARVALHO, Professor, Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences

⇒ Responsible Big Data and Data Science  ( PDF PDF)

Pearl DYKSTRA, Full Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam

⇒ Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations  ( PDF PDF)

Jennifer CURTIN, Director, Public Policy Institute, University of Auckland

Parallel Session 2.3: The role of the private sector in advancing the SDGs – Implications for science advice  ( FILM VIDEOPodcast PODCASTTRANS Transcript available on request )

MODERATOR Aidan GILLIGAN, Founder, CEO at SciCom - Making Sense of Science

Royston BRAGANZA, CEO, Grameen Capital India Pvt. Ltd

⇒ Impact Investing and Capital with a Conscience - Grameen CapitalPDF PDF)

Hiroshi UEDA, Director & Senior Managing Executive Officer, Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited

⇒ The role of the chemical industry in advancing the SDGs - Implications for the 2ºC goal  ( PDF PDF)

Kenichiro YAMAGUCHI, Senior Manager, CDP Worldwide-Japan

⇒ Trends seen in CDP reports, relating to private sector's role in advancing the SDGs  ( PDF PDF)

Cyrille SCHWOB, Head of Technology, Airbus Asia Pacific.

⇒ Mobility for a Changing World  ( PDF PDF)

Parallel Session 3.3: Structural considerations for science advice in public policy - From embedded to open science  ( Podcast PODCASTTRANSTranscript available on request )

MODERATOR Anna-Maria ARABIA, Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science

Mark FERGUSON, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland

Johannes KLUMPERS, Head of Unit "Scientific Advice Mechanism", European Commission

⇒ The example of the European Commission's Science Advice Mechanism  ( PDF PDF)

Claire CRAIG, Chief Science Policy Officer, The Royal Society

⇒ Evidence Synthesis: Formal and Informal  ( PDF PDF)

Gavin COSTIGAN, Director of Public Policy, University of Southampton

⇒ Policy Evidence - Supply Side Developments in UK Universities  ( PDF PDF)

Doyin ODUBANJO, Executive Secretary, The Nigerian Academy of Science

⇒ Science Advice in Africa PDF PDF)

Parallel Session 4.3: The local is global – The intersection of science advice and science diplomacy  ( Podcast PODCASTTRANS Transcript available on request )

MODERATOR Marcelo García SILVA, Adviser, Directorate of Energy, Science & Technology and Innovation (DECYTI) (Ministry of Foreign Relations of Chile)

Dalia KREIVIENĖ, Deputy Director, External Economic Relations and Economic Security Policy Department, Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)

⇒ The Local is Global - The Lithuanian Perspective  ( PDF PDF)

Franklin CARRERO-MARTINEZ, Director, Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program, US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

⇒ The Intersection of Science Advice and Science Diplomacy  ( PDF PDF)

Paul BERKMAN, Director, Science Diplomacy Center, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy / Tufts University

⇒ Globally-Interconnected Civilization - Informed Decision Making for Sustainability  ( PDF PDF)

Teruo KISHI, Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

⇒ The roles of science and technology advisor for Science Diplomacy  ( PDF PDF)

Yousuf AL-BULUSHI, Director of Transfer of Science, Knowledge and Technology Office at the Oman Ministry of Foreign Affairs

⇒ Science Diplomacy impacts on national strategy readiness for the future: A perspective from Oman  ( PDF PDF)

Keynote Speech IV    ( FILM VIDEO )

Hon. Minister Eugene MUTIMURA, Minister of Education, Republic of Rwanda

⇒ The Importance of Quality Science Advice for Rwanda    ( PDF PDF)

Plenary Session IV: Conclusions and The Way Forward  ( FILM VIDEO )

The last plenary of the conference summarises what we have achieved in the meeting, lessons shared and the outlook for the future, including some promising new projects and the INGSA 2020 conference location.




Clarissa Rios ROJAS
Alessandro ALLEGRA
Richard GLOVER
Ana-Maria ILIEV
Farah Atiqah Awang ISMAIL

The Way Forward

What are the next steps for science advice globally?
Building momentum
INGSA Reseach and Project plans ⇒ James Wilsdon - The INGSA Knowledge Hub  ( PDF PDF)
SDGs Interactions Project
SPIDER / FMSTAN  ⇒ Yousuf Al Bulushi - All Roads Lead to Oman  ( PDF PDF)
International Science Council - Daya Reddy ⇒ A global voice to advance science as a global public good  ( PDF PDF)

Announcing INGSA 2020 ⇒ Announcing INGSA2020 - Montreal, Canada  ( PDF PDF)

Final RemarksTeruo KISHI

Closing Address ⇒ Sir Peter GLUCKMAN - INGSA The Path Ahead  ( PDF PDF)


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