For those who believe wholeheartedly in evidence and the integrity of science, the past two-years have been challenging. Information, correct and incorrect, can spread like a virus. We are certainly at a turning point, not just in this pandemic, but in our collective management of longer-term challenges affecting us all.
Moderated by the Academy of Science of South Africa, as part of Science Forum South Africa, this high-level panel brings together politicians, chief science advisors, presidents of science advisory bodies and science diplomats from five continents to examine how scientific advice feeds into effective policymaking – or not.
Their premise is that if the 9/11 attacks changed all our lives from the perspective of state security, then COVID-19 must leave a similar legacy for the future of globally robust policymaking as a shared public good. Or must we be prepared to accept the dumbing-down of ‘evidence’ and a ‘snapback to normal’ in our post-pandemic politics?
Himla Soodyall (South Africa), CEO, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
- Rémi Quirion (Canada), Chief Scientist of Québec & President, International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA)
- Ene Ergma (Estonia), Astronomist & former Politician & Speaker of the Estonian Parliament
- Peter Gluckman (New Zealand), President, International Science Council & former Chief Science Adviser to the government of New Zealand
- Michinari Hamaguchi (Japan), President of the Japanese Science & Technology Agency (JST)
- Eudy Mabuza (South Africa), Science Counsellor to the European Union & former Head of Cabinet, Minister for Higher Education, Science & Technology: email@example.com
- Aidan Gilligan (Ireland), CEO, SciCom – Making Sense of Science
- Professor Rémi Quirion