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Science advice has never been in greater demand; nor has it been more contested.

The most complex and sensitive policy issues of our time are those for which the available scientific evidence is ever-growing and multi-disciplined, but still has uncertainties. Yet these are the very issues for which scientific input is needed most. In this environment, the usefulness and legitimacy of expertise seems obvious to scientists, but is this view shared by policy-makers?

A two-day conference will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th September 2016. Jointly organised by the European Commission and the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), the conference will bring together users and providers of scientific advice on critical, global issues. Policy-makers, leading practitioners and scholars in the field of science advice to governments, as well as other stakeholders, will explore principles and practices in a variety of current and challenging policy contexts. It will also present the new Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) of the European Commission to the international community. Through keynote lectures and plenary discussions and topical parallel sessions, the conference aims to take a major step towards responding to the challenge best articulated by the World Science Forum Declaration of 2015:

“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.”

The conference seeks to

  • Identify core principles and best practices, common to structures providing scientific advice for governments worldwide
  • Identify practical ways to improve the interaction of the demand and supply side of scientific advice
  • Describe, by means of practical examples, the impact of effective science advisory processes

Summary

Conference presentations

DAY 1

Opening Session

Setting the scene

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Sir Peter GLUCKMAN, Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand

Plenary session 2: Solution-oriented scientific advice

Solution-oriented scientific advice

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Daniel SAREWITZ, Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Arizona State University

Scientific Advice – How to deliver

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Maive RUTE, Deputy Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission

Parallel session 1: Responding to global policy challenges

1.1 Climate change: Science, policy & the road beyond Paris

Climate change: Science, policy & the road beyond Paris

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Gordon McBEAN, President of the International Council for Science (ICSU)

Communication beyond confusion

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Alan FINKEL, Australia’s Chief Scientist

1.2 Migration: Evidence-informed responses to humanitarian crises

The European Commissions science and knowledge service

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Alessandra ZAMPIERI, Head of Demography, Migration and Governance Unit, Joint Research Centre of the European

DTM OPS Overview

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Patrice QUESADA, Senior Emergency and Post Crisis Specialist, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Science and Policy making: towards a new dialogue

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Aurélie PONTHIEU, Humanitarian Specialist on Displacement, Médecins Sans Frontières

1.3 Health: Science advice in short- and long-term challenges – from epidemics to chronic diseases

Science and Policy: the health case

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Roberto BERTOLLINI, Former WHO Chief Scientist and WHO Representative to the European Union

Health: Science advice in short- and long-term challenges

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Helen MUNN, Executive Director, Academy of Medical Sciences (UK), Member of the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM)

Parallel session 2: Brokers and boundary-crossers: Developing the practice of science advice

2.2 What skills do experts and policy-makers need for better dialogue?

What skills do experts and policy-makers need for better dialogue?

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Julie MAXTON, Executive Director of the Royal Society

Skills for a better dialogue: the Mexican case

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Arturo MENCHACA ROCHA, General Coordinator of the Science Advisory Council of the Presidency of Mexico

2.3 How can foresight and horizon scanning better inform policy agendas?

Science is everywhere

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Melanie PETERS, Director of the Rathenau Institute

Science Advice and Foresight under the Complex and Uncertain World

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Tateo ARIMOTO, Director of the Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Program, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Science and Policy making: Towards a new dialogue

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Fabiana SCAPOLO, Deputy Head of Foresight, Behavioural Insights & Design for Policy Unit, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Plenary session 3: Scientific advice for transnational structures

The European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism

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Henrik C. WEGENER, Executive Vice-President of the Technical University of Denmark, Chair of the European Commission’s High-Level Group of Scientific Advisors

The Role of the Academies in the Scientific Advice Mechanism and beyond

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Jos van der MEER, President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

DAY 2

Plenary session 5: Cool heads in crises: How to provide timely

Science advice in crisis situations

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Carthage SMITH, Head of the OECD Global Science Forum Secretariat

How to use science for effective decision-making in crisis

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Vladimir ŠUCHA, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission

Cool heads in crisis

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Eva ALISIC, Monash University, Immediate Past Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy

Cool heads in crisis: based on Japanese lessons

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Satoru OHTAKE, Senior Fellow at the Economic and Social Research Institute of the Cabinet Office of Japan

Parallel session 3: Science advice for and with society

3.2 How can national academies best contribute to science advice for policy?

The role of national Academies

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László LOVÁSZ, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

 

How can national academies best contribute to science advice for policy

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Suad SULAIMAN, Member of the Executive Committee, Sudanese National Academy of Sciences

 

3.3 What are the roles of citizens and civil society in science advice?

Citizens and science advice

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Heather DOUGLAS, Waterloo Chair in Science and Society, University of Waterloo

 

Parallel session 4: Advising across boundaries and borders

4.1 Science advice across boundaries and borders: learning from each other

Providing scientific advice to parliaments – lessons learned from the UK

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Chandrika NATH, Acting Director of the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Learning across National Borders and Policy fields: Empirical Prespectives

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Yasushi SATO, Centre for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency

 

4.2 Science in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Advising across boundaries and borders

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Daya REDDY, President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, President-elect of the International Council for Science (ICSU)

 

4.3 Shifting frontiers of science diplomacy

The COMSTECH 10-Year Programme for OIC States, CERN and Pakistan

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Shaukat Hameed Khan

 

Speaking points

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Maria Cristina RUSSO, Director for International Cooperation, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

 

Plenary session 6: Taking Stock 2

Rapporteur notes – session 3.1 – Lost in translation? Science advice, the media and social media

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Peter GRIFFIN

 

Rapporteur notes – session 3.3 – Citizens & civil society in science advice

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Martin KOWARSCH

 

Rapporteur notes – session 4.3 – Shifting frontiers of science diplomacy

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Kari RAIVIO

 

Plenary session 7: Strengthening the use of science advice in policy

#EU INGSA Bingo

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James WILSDON, University of Sheffield, Vice-Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA)

 

Designing principles for scientific advice: Report of the Working Group meeting onPrinciples and Guidelines for Scientific Advice

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Marc SANER, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa

 

INGSA - the road ahead

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Peter GLUCKMAN, Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand

 

Outcomes of the 2nd International Network for Government Science Advice Conference.

2nd Ingsa Final Report

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Programme & speakers

Conference programme

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Speakers bios

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Practical information

When
29 September 2016, 9.00 - 30 September 2016, 17.00 (CEST)
Where
Charlemagne building
Rue de la Loi 170
1040 Brussels
Belgium