Science in Policy and Public Discourse 

The use of scientific evidence to inform policy decisions was a contested topic throughout 2021, as governments worldwide grappled with responding to the pandemic and dealing with the short- and long-term implications of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

This exceptional moment for science policy has provided the impetus for a deep reflection on and renewed activity to strengthen the ISC’s work within the science policy sphere, and to increase engagement with the different audiences for scientific content.

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Science in and for the intergovernmental system

In March 2021 an international steering group was appointed to propose a strategy for the ISC to increase its visibility and impact in the intergovernmental system and strengthen the voice of science in global policy processes.

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Public value of science

The public value of science project is interrogating thinking on how perceptions of science inform policy.

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Unlocking science

The ISC partnered with BBC StoryWorks to develop ‘Unlocking Science’: a multimedia hub featuring films, dynamic articles and podcasts.

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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.

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