THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 2 | Day dedicated to the Francophonie

As a place for cooperation and solidarity, the Francophonie has always relied on science in French as a tool for economic and social development. Practices for the use of science to inform and support public policy within the community are multiple and diverse. This singular day will be an opportunity to shine the spotlight on Francophone expertise and action, to incite dialogue among its different components, including learning from the current pandemic, and to encourage exchanges and partnerships.

All times are in Eastern Time Zone

All session presented on September 2nd will offer simultaneous interpretation in English

 

8:30 | Welcoming Remarks

8:30 – 8:45

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8:45 │ Plenary : Testimonies on opportunities and threats in the practice of science advice

8:45 – 9:30


What does the practice of science advice look like in the governments of Francophone countries? What challenges do they face, as they often find themselves at the interface between government and civil society? This roundtable aims to provide a concrete look at science advice practices in various contexts (national, regional, sub-regional, municipal) in the Francophonie.

Moderator:
Alexandre Fasel
– Special Representative for Science Diplomacy in Geneva, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Switzerland
Speakers:
Shamila Nair Bedouelle
– Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
Marc Schiltz
– Chief Executive, Luxembourg National Research Fund; President, Science Europe
Caroline Quach-Thanh
– Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal; Physician in charge of the Infection Prevention and Control Unit, CHU Sainte-Justine, Quebec, Canada

9:30 | PAUSE

9:45 │ Plenary : Evidence on science advice: Some empirical observations

9:45 – 10:30


Governments call on many experts and advisors to inform their decision-makers in the development and implementation of public policies. In the Francophonie, what is the situation with respect to scientific knowledge? What sources do they draw on? How do they call upon experts from government, academia or non-governmental organizations?

 

Moderator:
Mona Nemer
– Chief Science Advisor of Canada
Speakers:
Rémi Quirion
– Chief Scientist of Québec; President-elect, INGSA
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10:30 | PAUSE

10:45 │ Workshop 1 : The pandemic and other health crises

10:45 – 11:30


We are in the midst of a large-scale pandemic. Yet for many countries, COVID-19 is not the first major public health crisis. Some have experienced severe outbreaks of malaria, tuberculosis and Ebola in the not-too-distant past. What initiatives have helped to limit the spread and to provide relief to populations? How do experts, governments and civil society actors work together when the health system fails? How do we assess international collaboration (North-North, North-South, South-South) and partnerships to ensure that the synergy of scientific knowledge benefits communities?

Moderator:
Claire Trottier
– Member of the Administrative Committee, Trottier Foundation, Quebec, Canada
Speakers:
Jean-François Delfraissy
– President, Scientific Council COVID-19, France
Cécile Tremblay
– Medical Microbiologist, Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM); Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectiology, Université de Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Francine Ntoumi
– President, Congolese Foundation for Medical Research

10:45 │ Workshop 2 : Education

10:45 – 11:30


Education is a key to reducing social inequalities, alleviating poverty and ultimately enabling economic development. For more than 20 years, the architects of the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals, UNESCO, UNICEF, the OECD, the OIF and the World Bank, among others, have called on scientific knowledge to deploy a whole arsenal of means and resources to educate youth and develop their employability. How do governments use research findings to help ensure quality education? What factors do they consider before implementing changes in practice? Is the research always contextually appropriate?

Moderator:
Alain Fuchs
– President, Université Paris Sciences et Lettres, France
Speakers:
Sylvana Côté
– Director, Observatory on Children’s Education and Health; Professor, School of Public Health, University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Rahma Bourqia
– Director, National Evaluation Authority in the Higher Council of Education Training and Research, Morocco
Koumba Boly Barry
– Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, United Nations, Burkina Faso

11:30 │ Pause

11:45 │ Workshop 3 : Sustainable development, climate change and biodiversity

11:45 – 12:30


Despite the advancement of scientific knowledge to fight climate change and to promote sustainable development and biodiversity, how can we explain that words and intentions do not translate into convergent action on all continents with greater speed and intensity? What factors can explain this difference between inertia and willingness to act? Is science one of them? Do countries with a slower response face particular challenges in the science-policy interface?

Moderator:
Tounao Kiri
– Senior Coordinator, Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IFDD)
Speakers:
Delegate of the “50 jeunes engages” project
Éliane Ubalijoro
– Global Hub Director in Canada and Executive Director of Sustainability in the Digital Age, Future Earth
Jean-Pascal van Ypersele
– Climate Scientist; Former Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Belgium
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
– Coordinator, Association des Femmes Peules Autochtones du Tchad (AFPAT); Chad’s Roving Ambassador for Climate

11:45 │ Workshop 4 : Digital technology and artificial intelligence

11:45 – 12:30


Digital technology and artificial intelligence (AI) have been, are, and will continue to be vectors of change and radical transformation in our societies. The progress of science has brought about a quantum leap in these technologies over the last few decades. Not a single sector of society remains untouched. New AI applications can be beneficial for improving people’s lives, but they also have insidious repercussions on private life and on the acceleration of social inequalities. How have states adapted their practices and laws to keep up with this new reality? How is scientific knowledge and evidence being integrated into the processes for developing public policies that serve to regulate the impacts of this driver of modernity? Can science also influence governments to regulate the dominance of GAFAM?

Moderator:
Henri Monceau
– Director of the Economic and Digital Francophonie, International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), France
Speakers:
Lyse Langlois
– Executive Director, International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technology (OBVIA), Quebec, Canada
Karine Perset
– Head of Unit, OECD Artificial Intelligence Policy Observatory, France
Lacina Koné
– Director General, Smart Africa

12:30 │ Lunch

13:15 │ Plenary : Workshop summary

13:15 – 13:45


Feedback from the four session chairs with the main ideas that emerged from the discussions in each workshop.

Moderator:
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Speakers:
Claire Trottier
– Member of the Administrative Committee, Trottier Foundation, Quebec, Canada
Alain Fuchs
– President, Université Paris Sciences et Lettres, France
Henri Monceau
– Director of the Economic and Digital Francophonie, International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), France
Tounao Kiri
– Senior Coordinator, Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IFDD)

13:45 │ Plenary : Stakeholders and governance

13:45 – 14:15


Discussion between experienced practitioners on the day’s topics in order to identify common challenges and propose solutions for the political action needed to bring about change in the world of science advice.

Moderator:
Michel Audet
– Former Deputy Minister, Ministère des relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec
Speakers:
Laurent Fabius
– President of the Constitutional Council of the French Republic; Former Prime Minister of France
Louise Mushikiwabo
– Secretary General of la Francophonie, International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF)
 

14:15 │Pause

14:30 │ Plenary : Coming Soon

14:30 – 15:00

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15:00 │ Announcement of the Francophone Network in Science Advice

15:00 – 15:15

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