INGSA2020 Postponed until 2021
In light of current events, we have come to the decision that the INGSA2020 biennial global conference cannot go ahead as scheduled from 14-18 September 2020 in Montreal. Instead, please note the following changes.
We will be postponing the main INGSA Conference, the Satellite events and the Research workshop. Currently, the new date for the event is set for 18th –21st April 2021 at the Palais des congrès, Montréal. Those who have submitted satellite, exploratorium and research workshop abstracts will be contacted shortly with more information. All of these applications will still be considered, and we will give all applicants the chance to tweak their submissions later in the year, should they wish to.
INGSA Virtual Conference on Science Advice and COVID-19
In place of the physical September conference INGSA will also host a global virtual conference, to be focused specifically on the interface of science and policy and on science diplomacy during the current Covid-19 pandemic. This is likely to take place on the 15th-16th of September 2020.
More information on this virtual conference will be released shortly to the INGSA network.
Launch of INGSA COVID Information Portal
In preparation for the virtual conference in September – and as part of INGSA’s wider project on science advice in emergencies – we have established www.ingsa.org/covid to serve as a hub of information and resources about the science and policy interface of the epidemic, as it occurs globally and in individual jurisdictions. We encourage all members to see the site and to consider how they might contribute to the effort.
To be clear, this website is not intended as a hub of information about epidemiology, medical or virology expertise. Rather is about the processes of mobilising evidence, providing evidence-informed advice to decision-makers, and coordinating advice and action across jurisdictions and globally.
We expect there to be many lessons and insights on global and jurisdictional pandemic responses to share by September and we intend now to engage the INGSA membership in preparing and launching this event.
Specifically, we will be publishing relevant blogs and thought pieces from global experts on the website between now and September. As of today, we are also launching a major effort to collect and track national and sub-national pandemic response policies and actions for comparative analysis. We will be reaching out to the network for collaborators in this project and will be presenting verified data in real time on a policy-tracker tool on the website. This and other analysis will be presented at the September online conference, along with the opportunity to engage relevant experts in real-time Q&A.
These are unprecedented times globally, but they are precisely what the INGSA network is all about. Already, the INGSA network has assisted several countries in linking expertise and we continue to play that networking role where we are requested by governments to do so. However, the true value of a network such as this is to share lessons that will assist in systemically strengthening the science and policy interface in institutions across the globe.
We thank the INGSA membership for continued engagement. We invite you to join us in preparation for the INGSA2020-COVID in September and in person in April. In the meantime, stay healthy, take care of each other, and wash your hands!
Information and how you can support the virtual and physical conference will be updated at the conference website.
If you have any suggestions regarding the upcoming conference and satellite sessions, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thanks and we hope to see you at INGSA2020 in Montréal!