Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, has been at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California. Following his activities there, I found out about the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA). The network can be traced back to the international science advice conference held last August in Auckland, New Zealand.
The focus of the INGSA is to serve as a forum for sharing and discussing research and experience in providing science advice to governments. It is part of the International Council of Science, and the secretariat is presently hosted with Sir Peter in Auckland. The INGSA’s Network Development Group reflects a diversity of countries and a mix of academic and practitioner experience.
Expect INGSA to leverage other international meetings for opportunities to convene side gatherings. It would also develop its own events as it sees fit, with a follow up to the 2014 conference presumably on a list of future activities.