On the 29th and 30th of September the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) will hold its second conference in Brussels. Earlier this month INGSA announced a draft programme with confirmed speakers. While representatives from European science advice institutions and stakeholders are well represented, INGSA and its co-host, the European Commission, have made a point to include representation from around the world. This reflects the spirit of the first INGSA conference held in 2014. The stated objectives of the conference are 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.
Additionally, the work of this conference will help in the ongoing project to develop principles and guidelines for science advice. The goal is to have a document ready for delivery at the 2017 World Science Forum. If you’d like to help, INGSA is collecting resources on the subject and welcomes contributions.
The programme lists a combination of plenary and parallel sessions, many of which continue discussions held during the 2014 conference. There is also the opportunity to learn more about the new European Union Science Advice Mechanism.
Registration for the event is closed, but there will be efforts to publicize the conference as it happens via Twitter (Hashtag – #EUINGSA16), and the conference website. A conference report will be prepared as well. In addition, there will be the official launch of this collection of papers on scientific advice to government.