INGSA News December 2020


INGSA News March 2021

2021 is shaping up to be a big year of milestones for INGSA.

In August-September, INGSA will host its first hybrid online and in-person conference – enabling truly global engagement with our flagship conference for the first time. In this edition of INGSA News we also reveal the title and themes of the event!

INGSA-Africa, the network’s longest-standing Regional Chapter, is for the first time seeking nominations for their Steering Committee. The SC is expanding in response to the ongoing growth and interest in evidence-informed policymaking in Africa – now is your chance to be a part of it!

We are also excited to announce a new partnership in Latin America! And on top of launching the new SEA SAN network earlier in the year, the INGSA-Asia Chapter has just completed their own expansion of their steering committee and we’ll have more info on that in the next edition.

And as the world looks towards a post-COVID recovery, INGSA launches its Horizon Series of video interviews with key thinkers at the science/policy/society interface. There is also a huge amount of activity across the network, particularly in Science Diplomacy.

As the world looks to be turning a corner on the pandemic, we wish all our members the best with the recovery.



INGSA2021 Conference:



INGSA Horizon Series:

Science Diplomacy:


New Resources


INGSA2021 Conference: 30th Aug – 2nd Sept 2021

INGSA2021 – Build Back Wiser:

Knowledge, Policy, and Publics in Dialogue

GLOBAL: INGSA is proud to announce the overarching theme of the upcoming INGSA Conference will be Build Back Wiser: Knowledge, Policy, and Publics in Dialogue The 4-day hybrid conference will be underpinned by three key themes of discussion:

  • Promise and Pandemic: Reshaping Science Advice
  • Foresight and Resilience: From the SDGs to Emerging Technologies
  • Evidence and Democracy: Sustaining Trust in a Challenging World

COVID-19 has battle-tested many of the structures and the assumptions within the science advice and science diplomacy systems. INGSA2021 will be a future-focused event that will explore how the interfaces between research, policy and society are changing and how we can equip ourselves for a challenging and uncertain future.

Registrations are now open at the conference website ( and you can see below for more information on how you can be involved!

Registrations now open for INGSA2021

As an international network, INGSA works to make the biennial conference as open and diverse as possible. We have never charged registration fees for our conferences.INGSA2021 will largely be an online event, and we are excited about the possibility for every INGSA member globally to be able to join the discussions! 

Register for the conference for FREE.

Register Now! 

Call for Abstracts: Digital Posters

Are you doing research at the Evidence/Policy/Society interface?As part of the conference, INGSA2021 will be hosting Digital Posters for researchers to present and promote their research.

These will be short 5-minute videos available for conference delegates to watch and engage with. 

The Call for Abstracts is open until: 11th April 2021

Submit an Abstract!

Call for applications: Learning and Exchange
Opportunity for 50 Young Francophones!

GLOBAL: Presented as part of the 4th International Conference on Science Advice to Governments (INGSA2021), the project “50 jeunes engagés” is looking for 50 young Francophones to form an international team committed to climate action.
Candidates must be passionate about science, activism, politics, entrepreneurship or sustainable development, and interested in the use of scientific knowledge in decision making and public policy development.
Please note that the project will be carried out in French.
Registration are open until April 9, 2021:



Join the INGSA-Africa Steering Committee

AFRICA: Do you have experience at the science policy interface in Africa and would like to help guide the ongoing awareness and growth of evidence-informed policymaking in Africa?For the first time, INGSA-Africa is calling for nominations to join their Steering Committee, in order to expand the geographic and disciplinary diversity and meet the ongoing demand for INGSA-Africa’s expertise.

Applications are open until the 11th April 2021

See the Call for Nominations page for more information and to apply



13-15 April 2021 – IIASA Regional Conference: 

Systems Analysis in Eurasia 

EUROPE/ASIA: The National University of Science and Technology in Moscow, Russia will be hosting the upcoming hybrid Regional Conference of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). This international conference will build on the expertise and interlinkages between the system analysts’ communities in the countries across Eurasian region to discuss and analyse transformative approaches to achieving sustainability across multiple sectors and regions.

See the website for more detail and to register 

JRC  Workshop Series:
Connecting eco-systems of science for policy

EUROPE: The EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) will be running an online workshop series on “Strengthening and connecting eco-systems of science for policy across Europe”.  

Last year’s Workshop Series attracted over 250 participants, and already almost 500 people are registered for the 2021 events. The series will contain workshops on Science for Policymaking in Estonia, Denmark, Latvia, Greece, and other countries, as well as Science for Policymaking in regions and cities.
Join the community of professionals and participate in the workshop series, by registering here.

INGSA-LAC at CILAC – 26-28 April 2021

LATIN AMERICA AND CARBBEAN: The INGSA-LAC Regional Chapter will participate in two presentations in the main agenda of the Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean (CILAC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. CILAC is regarded as a regional hub of science, technology & innovation and will be a platform to discuss effective policies to attain the 2030 SDGs. #CILAC2021 will take place in a virtual format.

INGSA will have a virtual stand with information and online activities for Latin American and Caribbean scientists keen to engage in science advice practices. Follow INGSA-LAC on Twitter (@IngsaLac) for new information 
Register for CILAC here in Spanish or English


The INGSA Horizon Series

GLOBAL: Not only is the world increasingly complex, but many of the intellectual foundations that we believe underpin stable society are being undermined by a range of factors. We need to critically evaluate the systems we have taken for granted, and provide a direction for how things can change to meet an uncertain future.

This year INGSA releases its Horizon Series, a lineup of interviews with leaders at the science/policy/society interfaces. The first in the series will be with The Honest Broker author, Prof Roger Pielke and will be released in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on @INGSciAdvice and #INGSAHorizon on Twitter for updates.


Science Diplomacy

Special Edition of Science & Diplomacy – Must Read!

In January, Science & Diplomacy released a Special Edition, Future-Casting Science Diplomacy with guest editors Marga Gual SolerMandë Holford, and Tolullah Oni

It is a truly global edition and well worth your time:

S4D4C Final Networking Meeting

This week the S4D4C project held its final networking meeting to wrap up the project. In evolving the understanding and practice of utilising science in diplomacy, S4D4C have not only been a leader in Europe, but globally. Thanks to S4D4C members for their work and their involvement in INGSA throughout.

Find out more on the meeting here. Or follow #SciDipNet2021

Science Diplomacy and Peace Diplomacy Training

Interested in training in #ScienceDiplomacy and #PeaceDiplomacy? UNITAR and collaborators are running a 10-day Executive Summer Program in June 2021 aimed at anyone professionally interested in a deep understanding of the field.  

Read about the course and register here

Warsaw Science Diplomacy School – 21-25 June 2021

A chance for present and future science diplomats to dive deep into the complex interactions and practices of the science-policy-diplomacy interface alongside an international, interdisciplinary cohort of students. Deadline for application: 31st March

See here for the course information and application process


News from across the network

Workshop Report –
Nepal: SciAdvice and SciDip against Covid-19

ASIA: On the 21st of January 2021, INGSA-Asia co-organised a webinar titled “Science Advice and Diplomacy in the Battle against COVID-19” in collaboration with the Young Scientists Forum Nepal, the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, and the Nepal Health Research Council.

This webinar, which marked INGSA-Asia’s first initiative in Nepal, was attended by over 100 academicians, scientists, and policy makers from around the world, and was also shared on Facebook Live where it has been viewed by over 2,000 people worldwide.

You can watch the recording here or read the proceedings report here.

INGSA formalises collaboration with Centro Redes

ARGENTINA: INGSA is excited to announce that we have finalised an agreement with The Center for Studies on Science, Development and Higher Education (Centro Redes), in Argentina to support the INGSA-LAC Regional Chapter. Centro Redes is an associated unit of CONICET that is dedicated to interdisciplinary research and the provision of technical services across Latin America.

As part of this agreement, INGSA has been able to appoint Rubén Darío Ibáñez as the Regional Programme Officer for INGSA-LAC, who will be based at Centro Redes. We very much look forward to continuing to expand the relationship with Centro Redes.

If you need to get in contact with Rubén or INGSA-LAC, contact:

Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies considers
internal Science Advice office

MEXICO: In December 2020, a group of Mexican scientists (AsesoramientoCientíficoMX) organised an international dialogue on Science Advice in the Mexican Parliament (Conversatorio sobre Evidencia Cientifica en el Parlamento) with the participation of Spain (Ciencia en el Parlamento), INGSA, and GYA to discuss the advantages of developing capacity in the legislative branch of México. 
As a result, 50 deputies submitted a formal proposal to the Chamber of Deputies to create a Science Advice Service, recognising the need to have permanent internal scientific advice in the Mexican Federal Congress. The new office would adopt best practices identified by international experience, consistent with Mexico’s context. 
In February, after the submission of the proposal, a National Forum (Conversatorio Nacional de Asesoramiento Científico al Parlamento) was held with the participation of researchers, to provide useful perspectives on scientific evidence, its relation to decision-making and its impact on society. If approved by the Chamber in the lower house, the initiative will move on to the Senate. 
For further information: asesoramientocientí

Argentine Congress considers Science Advice capacity

ARGENTINA: On the 26th February 2021, the INGSA-LAC Regional Chapter and the Universidad Austral School of Government  organised a workshop webinar “Science and Parliament: Legislation informed by evidence”. The event was attended by policy makers and members of both houses of Congress. 

Several bills proposing the creation of a science advice office in the Argentine Congress have been introduced by some deputies and senators. This workshop built on that momentum to discuss a research report published by Universidad Austral on the opportunity, merit and desirability of creating scientific legislative advisory services in Argentina.

The report was developed on the methodology derived by the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and was based on interviews with 40 experts and stakeholders.

For more information: See here.
The complete webinar can be accessed at at this link
INGSA-LAC’s presentations on Comparative Experiences in Latin America can be accessed here

INGSA-Asia Supports ASEAN RCR Reunion Meeting

ASIA: On the 30th of December 2020, INGSA-Asia co-organised the ASEAN Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Reunion Meeting. This meeting saw delegates from all 10 ASEAN countries, who had previously attended the inaugural ASEAN RCR Workshop in 2019, reconvening to discuss their progress on organising RCR workshops in their own countries using the instructional tools they have learned.

This reunion meeting served as a platform for delegates to share their experiences with their peers, and to exchange ideas for future plans to further inculcate RCR values within research communities in their respective countries. The next ASEAN RCR Reunion Meeting will be held virtually and is scheduled for April 2021.


Send us your news

INGSA welcomes announcements of events and activities from our member network. 
If you have news that would interest the network, please contact and we will share it in our quarterly newsletter.


New Resources:

New Publications

New Paper: Brokerage at the science–policy interface: from conceptual framework to practical guidance

The art of brokering between science and policy has never been more relevant, nor more visible. A new paper from Sir Peter Gluckman (Chair of INGSA), Dr Anne Bardsley (Co-Director of Koi Tū: Centre for Informed Futures) and Prof Matthias Kaiser (Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities (SVT) at the University of Bergen) brings together extensive experience of working at the interface to provide analysis and guidance on the next steps for brokerage.

IIASA-ISC – “Bouncing Forward Sustainably”

IIASA and the International Science Council (ISC) recently published five reports from their Consultative Science Platform on a sustainable post-Covid recovery:
  • Enhancing Governance for Sustainability
  • Strengthening Science Systems
  • Rethinking Energy Solutions
  • Resilient Food Systems
  • Transformations within reach: The Synthesis Report

New Papers from INGSA Research Associates

Dr Gian Carlo Delgardo:
Dr Temilade Sesan:

Blogs / Podcast

COVID-19 Resources






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