Affiliated bodies: INGSA

2021 was an important year for the International Network for Governmental Science Advice (INGSA), which continued to address the visibility of evidence-to-policy mechanisms during the pandemic, using its role as a global convenor on the big issues at the intersection between science, policy and society.

Remi Quirion opens INGSA 2021

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’. 

Next: Changing Practices in Science and Science Systems

Image: Rémi Quirion opens the INGSA2021 conference. Photo courtesy of INGSA.


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