INGSA News Dec 2019

INGSA News December 2019

In just a few weeks we'll be entering the third decade since the millennium.

This, in reality, might only be a symbolic transition, but the year 2020 is likely to take on a role of great significance as the global challenges facing humanity come into sharper focus.

Symbolically, 2020 is only 10 years away from the deadline of Agenda 2030. It will also be the year that the UK enact Brexit, and the US head back to the polling booths. 2020 is also likely to be another year of 'Climate Crisis' with scientists loudly counting down the days left we have before we reach various points of no return. We have also been seeing a shift in the attitudes towards social media and tech companies - will 2020 be a year where society begins to rewrite its compact with technology.

The cusp of the 2020s is an exciting and daunting place to be, but it is easier to be optimistic when we see how much the world is doing to integrate knowledge into policy-making, integrating the SDGs into business models and political narratives, and to see how driven the next generation of citizens and knowledge-generators are.

The last INGSA News of 2019 is packed with opportunities for the New Year, and updates on all the activities that have been happening at INGSA, all around the world. 

For ongoing information on all of INGSA’s activities, check our website regularly ( or follow us on Twitter (@INGSciAdvice).


Announcing: Opportunities:
News: New Resources:


INGSA2020 - Key Announcements!

Under the conference theme of Evidence in Context - Expanding the Dialogue, INGSA2020 will interrogate and inform the critical (and contested) intersections between evidence, policy, and society.

It will convene over 600 policymakers, politicians, academics, and science advice practitioners from all over of the world. 

Introducing the Keynotes:

INGSA is very excited to be able to announce a stellar line-up of keynote speakers, including:
  • Her Excellency the Right Honorable Julie Payette
    • The Governor General of Canada
  • Her Excellency Aminata Touré
    • President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Senegal, former Prime Minister of Senegal
  • His Excellency Cheick Modibo Diarra
    • Chair of the Africa Legal Network and former Prime Minister of Mali
  • Prof Naomi Oreskes
    • Professor, History of Science at Harvard University
  • Sir Patrick Vallance 
    • Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of the UK
  • Dr Soumya Swaminathan
    • Inaugural Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization
  • Prof Daya Reddy 
    • President of the International Science Council

Registrations Now Open:

Pre-Registation for the conference is now open! In order to facilitate an accessible and globally-representative conference, INGSA does not charge conference registration fees. So sign up now, and receive information as the conference agenda evolves.

Suggest a session or satellite:

Do you have an idea for an engaging and interactive parallel session? Or is there a satellite workshop that you'd like to run that would support the goals of INGSA2020?

Then we want to hear from you now! Initial Expressions of Interest for conference sessions or satellites are open until the 31st January 2020. Download the application forms here.

INGSA2020 - Research Day:

For the first time, the INGSA conference will feature a dedicated academic research day. The call for abstracts will open in mid-January. 

FMSTAN/SPIDER - Technology Diplomacy meeting

23-24 March - Geneva

GENEVA, Switzerland: The next meeting of INGSA's two Science Diplomacy divisions - FMSTAN and SPIDER - will take place in Geneva at the end of March.

The event will focus on issues of Technology Diplomacy and will occur in the margins of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) meeting. 

Places will be limited so there will be an Expression of Interest process for members of the SPIDER network in the new year. To be eligible, make sure you're a member of SPIDER.


AAAS - Legislative, Urban, and North America Chapter
13-16 February 2020

WASHINGTON DC, USA: The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is one of the biggest gatherings on the science calendar. For anyone heading to AAAS, make sure you check out the various INGSA-related activities taking place.


Legislative Science Advice

INGSA Parliamentary Division Co-Chairs, Chris Tyler and Karen Akerlof are involved in two sessions:

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, February 16, 2020, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Urban Science Advice

INGSA co-Chair, Remi Qurion, will be moderating a session featuring INGSA collaborator, Carla-Leanne Washbourne. There will also be a side meeting to discuss the INGSA Urban Science Advice Division.

Friday, February 14, 2020, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Friday, February, 14, 2020 – 3.30 PM to 5.00PM (By Invitation)
INGSA sub-group meeting : Urban science advice
This sub-group meeting, organised by the Chief Scientist of Québec under the auspices of INGSA, follows on from the Urban Resilience session. It aims to map the different stakeholders and challenges of urban science advice and local decision-making, with an international perspective. For more information and invitation requests : Julie Dirwimmer, Office of the Chief Scientist of Québec,  


INGSA North-American Chapter Development

Friday, February, 14, 2020 – 10.00 AM - 12.00 AM (By Invitation)
INGSA sub-group meeting : INGSA-North America
This sub-group meeting, organised by the Chief Scientist of Québec under the auspices of INGSA, will take place to discuss the emerging North American chapter of INGSA. The workshop will cover progress since last year, upcoming work and decisions to be made, and the trajectory towards the chapter launch at INGSA 2020 in Montreal. For more information and invitation requests : Brooke Struck, The Decision Lab,   


The Future of Policymaking

Long time INGSA partners, David Mair and Vladimír Šucha, are involved in a session on what tomorrow's policymaking will require:

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM  

"Ethics Matter" Conference
4th February - Brussels, Belgium

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Examine the role of ethics and integrity in non-medical research and its influence on policy-making. Explore commonalities across different non-medical research areas and policy
recommendations through round-tables, keynote speeches and break-out sessions. Meet researchers, ethics experts and policy-makers.

Coordinated by the consortium of PRO-RES (a Horizon2020 project on Promoting Ethics and Integrity
in Non-medical Research), the conference will provide insight into the research ethics and integrity framework developed by the PRO-RES consortium. Places are limited so find more information and registration at the conference website.

Online Workshop: 

Data Visualisation for Public Servants

- 27th January

GLOBAL: FREE Online Course for Public Servants & Policymakers 
January 27, 2020, 3-4pm (GMT)

Sign up for Apolitical's new online workshop — Data Visualisation for Public Servants: A Practical Introduction.

You'll learn:
  • Step-by-step lessons for designing data visualisations
  • Tried-and-tested ways to extract key ideas from complex data
  • Suitable design approaches for different outcomes
  • How to use data visualisation to communicate ideas persuasively and enable action

NCSE 2020 - Science in Environmental Decision-Making
6-9 January 2020

WASHINGTON DC, USA: The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) 2020 Annual Conference engages more than 800 leaders from the sciences, education, government, policy, business, and civil society to foster a dialogue across these sectors on environmental policy- and decision-making with the use of science. The Annual Conference program includes presentations by leading experts and sessions that spotlights new research, innovation, and the power of collaboration. 

INGSA is a proud supporter of NCSE 2020. Registrations are still open here.

Youth Science Forum - Science Diplomacy, Sustainable Development, Science for all, Building the future
29-31 March 2020

CAIRO, Egypt: Women in Science Without Borders (WISWB) is hosting a free Youth Science Forum for men and women between the ages of 17 and 40. The free conference offers delegates from all over the world the opportunity to present their cutting-edge research in all fields of STEM. 

The conference is accepting abstracts until 1st January. 

For more information see the conference event page.


Grad course in Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis
15-26 June, 2020

PARIS, France: The University of Maryland School of Public Policy is offering a for-credit international graduate course on the tools of program evaluation. Students will apply them in policy analyses or research syntheses for real-world clients in Paris.

Classes will be held in Paris, France from June 15 - 26, 2020 at the OECD.

Designed for doctoral, masters level, and advanced undergraduate students studying economics, public policy, public administration, and other social policy-related subjects. Applications will be accepted beginning December 1, 2019 through March 1, 2020.

Course Description and application instructions can be found here

InsSciDE - Science Diplomacy Summer School
22-26 June 2020

WARSAW, Poland: InsSciDE – Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe – presents the first edition of an innovative training program for the present and future science diplomats of Europe, taking place on 22-26 June 2020. The Warsaw Science Diplomacy School is a one-week intensive course that will immerse trainees in historical case studies of science diplomacy and its practitioners, to develop strategy and policy related to the global challenges of today.
Candidate nominations by institutions are now being accepted and general applications will open March 2020 - learn more and look out for updates on their website.

Update your membership details!

If you have been a member of INGSA for a while and you haven't recently updated your membership details via our online sign-up form, we would encourage you to do so. 

Updating your details has several benefits:
- You can sign up to any of the INGSA Special Interest Divisions, and will receive any Division-specific opportunities and invitations
- You will gain access to region-specific opportunities through our Regional Chapters
- We also occasionally have events or opportunities for specific disciplines that we can offer to members directly.

It's easy to do!
Just use the normal INGSA sign-up form and register again using your existing email address and the form will update your details.  


Role of Science in Assisting Regional Policy Development - Ethiopia, October 2019

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: In partnership with the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, and with the support of IDRC, INGSA ran a 4-day workshop series designed for policymakers and scientists living or working in North Eastern Africa to enhance capacities in embedding evidence in policymaking at all levels of government.  

The series included: 
28-29 Oct A one and a half day science advice workshop with policymakers and select researchers and scientists
29 Oct A half day open public evidence informed policy-making forum – all welcome, particularly the academic and research community
30 Oct A one day workshop focusing on the role of science advice for health – seeking both policymakers and health researchers
31 Oct A one day science advice workshop dedicated for young scientists with the Global Young Academy 

For presentations, reports and more information, see the workshop page now.


FMSTAN-SPIDER Science Diplomacy Meeting 
Vienna - November 2019

VIENNA, Austria: In November, the Vienna meeting of SPIDER/FMSTAN was held in collaboration with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Vienna School of International Studies and the Natural History Museum Vienna.

A gallery of images is available here.
(Photos: Mahmood | BMEIA)

The hosts are to be commended on the incredibly high level representation and diversity of stakeholders that were attracted to the meeting.

It represented the continued growth of impact and visibility of the FMSTAN and SPIDER networks, and inspired a range of discussions and networking opportunities, from which we hope a number of collaborations will blossom.

Of particular note were the presentations from Jeffery Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the SDGs, and Martin Lees, former Secretary General of the Club of Rome, who provided keynote speeches. 

A summary of the sessions and links to meeting resources will be available shortly on the FMSTAN and SPIDER Division pages. 

INGSA at CSPC - SA for Foresighting: The Slow Burn
Ottawa - November 2019

OTTAWA, Canada: INGSA, in collaboration with the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), coordinated a workshop at the Canadian Science Policy Centre 2019 conference in November.
The workshop - Science Advice for Foresighting: The Slow Burn - focused on the role of science advice on issues of high scientific consensus, but low political and social interest. Using the example of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), the workshop built on the recent report from the CCA, to begin to pick apart the complex situations relating to threats of relatively high risk that are faced with a high level of policy and political inertia.

The results of the workshop are expected to inform further research and discussion. See the workshop page for info on speakers and topics

Science Diplomacy and Advice for Young Leaders
- Costa Rica Forum of Bioeconomy

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica: Nearly 150 young leaders gathered at the Latin American Bioeconomy Forum 2019 to analyze the benefits of this productive approach and how to take advantage of their opportunities as a hub for regional development.

For three days, outstanding young people presented their vision of development, discussed the main trends and learned about influencing decision-making in their respective countries through a series of workshops on science communication and public policy.

One of the workshops was led by Soledad Quiroz-Valenzuela, one of the 2019 INGSA Research Associate, who introduced a group of about 25 young leaders to Science Diplomacy and Advice.  The participation of experienced policy agents from Argentina and Costa Rica, among other countries, allowed for an interesting exchange and analysis of a case study and principles of science diplomacy.

New Science-Policy Interface Fellowships
begin in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Mexico: The Government of Mexico City has successfully launched a program for embedding scientists within government to help improving the design of policy. The Science-Policy Interface Fellowships are the first initiative of its kind in Latin America to formally contribute to evidence-based decision making processes.

This program is coordinated by the Secretary for Education, Science and Technology (SECTEI) and six fellows with PhDs in different areas have been selected and assigned to the Secretaries of Health, Environment, Civil Protection and Risk Management, Economic Development, the Water System and the Subway System.
To kick off the program, the first cohort of fellows received a one week preparatory course from Carlos Abeledo (INGSA-LAC Chair), Franklin Carrero-Martínez (SPIDER secretary), Jan Marco Müller (IIASA), and INGSA affiliates, Alessandro Allegra, Marga Gual Soler, Gian Carlo Delgado and Alma Cristal Hernández-Mondragón. The course also featured Izaskun Lacunza, Mary García-Cazarín, Ana Rosa Moreno, Olivia Monahan and Rafael Lozoya. 
More information on the Fellowships contact:

Two Pakistan workshops - CPEC & Innovation Clusters

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan:  Workshop: “Using Scientific Evidence for Maximizing Benefits of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

INGSA-Asia Steering Committee Member, Dr Hammad Cheema from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), was awarded a Grassroots Science Advice Award to undertake a workshop in his region. The workshop was jointly organised by NUST and the National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), on the possibilities for science to assist in maximising the benefits of the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - one of the most important development initiative in Pakistan’s history.

The workshop was attended by 35 participants representing govt sector, NGO, universities and industry. Read the full workshop report here.

SINDH, Pakistan: Workshop: "Regional Industrial Cluster Policy Dialogue: Evidence-Informed Decisions"

As part of her 2019 INGSA Research Associate grant, Dr Iffat Batool Naqvi, has conducted a policy dialogue at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Sindh, Pakistan.

The one-day policy dialogue was hosted by the Mehran University Institute of Science, Technology and Development (MUISTD) and was attended by invited speakers from different sectors including representatives from Industry, Government, Community and Academia (IGCA). This policy dialogue was aimed at formulating the ‘First Regional Industrial Cluster Policy 2020’ of Sindh province.

Read the workshop report here.

Urban Transformation Project for Mexico City

MEXICO CITY, Mexico: 2019 INGSA Research Associate, Dr Gian Delgardo has largely completed his research project to map the evidence-informed policy capacity of local governments across Mexico City. The project primarily focuses on: “Interface between policy-making and evidence-based research and knowledge for supporting climate action in cities”.

It seeks to co-generate useful information for decision-making in the Mexico Valley Metropolitan Area, by evaluating local institutional capacities for climate and environmental action. The case study has covered an area of 7,866 square kilometers, 76 local governments and more than 21 million inhabitants.

Project details as well as the ICI-CLIMA data and methodology are available here.

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If you have news that would interest the network, please contact and we will share it in our quarterly newsletter.
New Resources

New External Reports

Scientific advice to European policy in a complex world - European Commission

We live in a complex and ambiguous world, where trust in both science and politics can be put into question – where scientific evidence is dismissed and policy decisions contested on the assumption of partiality and private interests. Nevertheless, at present the role of science is crucial to inform policy-making in order to provide clarity and assess the consequences of policy options in a systematic way.
Wicked problems and the transformation of the information environment compel us to rethink how knowledge is used in societal decision-making. The improvement of the balance of information supply and demand and the strengthening of the position of scientific knowledge are important goals, but they alone are not enough. A new mindset, new ways of working at the knowledge-policy interface and structures that facilitate these new ways are required.

The Global Sustainable Development Report
The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development - is the first Global Sustainable Development Report prepared by the Independent Group of Scientists appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General. The report is produced once every four years, to inform the quadrennial SDG review deliberations at the General Assembly.

New Commentaries / Papers

New INGSA Case Studies

See the INGSA Case Studies page for the full set of materials available for use.
For more information about INGSA, to join the network or Divisions, and to find out about upcoming events and new resource material, visit our website
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