Rémi Quirion, Québec’s Chief Scientist, became INGSA President in July, taking over from Peter Gluckman (who was then ISC President-Elect, now President), and in September INGSA convened its biggest global conference to date, INGSA2021: Build Back Wiser, which included high-level speakers from UNDRR and the United Nations Development Programme, among others.
Recordings from the conference are available to watch online.
The network became a foundational partner of the International Public Policy Observatory, fast-tracking policy-relevant evidence on COVID-19 to policy-makers.
In January 2021 the Southeast Asia Science Advice Network was launched as a regional chapter of INGSA, in order to structure and strengthen direct evidence-to-policy-making pathways in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, particularly on the areas of shared regional concern within the SDGs.
Other highlights from the year include an invitation from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs to provide a strategy note on science advice for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration, and the release of a science advice podcast, ‘INGSA Horizons’.
Image: Rémi Quirion opens the INGSA2021 conference. Photo courtesy of INGSA.