In light of current events, the INGSA2020 Organizing Committee has come to the following decisions:
- The INGSA Conference is set for 29 August – 2 September 2021 at the Palais des congrès, Montréal. Those who have submitted satellite, Exploratorium and research workshop abstracts will be contacted shortly with more information. All of these applications will still be considered, and we will give all applicants the chance to tweak their submissions later in the year, should they wish to.
- We will also host on September 15-16, 2020 (to be confirmed) a global virtual conference (INGSA2020-COVID), to be focused specifically on the interface of science and policy and on science diplomacy during the current Covid-19 pandemic. INGSA has established on its website a section (ingsa.org/covid) to serve as a hub of information and resources about the science and policy interface of the epidemic. Everyone is encouraged to see the site and to consider how they might contribute to the effort.
Message from the Chief Scientist of Quebec
In August/September 2021, I will have the pleasure of hosting the 4th International Conference on Science Advice to Government, INGSA2021 — Evidence in context: expanding the dialogue. The conference, with the support of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, Mona Nemer, will take place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada.
More than 600 people from around the world will attend this international conference, which will bring together political representatives, diplomats and government science advisors to promote the role of scientific expertise and evidence in informing policy decisions in an increasingly complex world.
The theme of INGSA2021 is Evidence in context: expanding the dialogue. The conference will examine the complex interactions between scientists, public policy and diplomatic relations at local, national and international levels, including in times of crisis, such as the current SARS-COVID-19 pandemic.
INGSA2021 will be an opportunity to continue discussions on the United Nations sustainable development goals, the role of cities and municipalities in the appropriation and implementation of evidence and research, the importance of open science and access to data, and finally, the issues raised by disruptive technologies, whether in the digital realm or artificial intelligence. It will be the first time the INGSA conference will also host a 1-day academic conference.
I invite political and government circles, academics, community leaders and NGO and private sector representatives to take part in INGSA2021.
Chief Scientist of Québec
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