Get involved – Submit an abstract, propose a Parallel Session or Satellite Event

INGSA2020 offers several ways for you or your organisation to get involved!

1. Submit an abstract for the Research Day
For the first time INGSA2020 will contain a dedicated academic research day. We will be looking for abstracts at the cutting edge of research at the science/society/policy interfaces. Make sure you’ve joined the INGSA network to receive information about the conference:

For the first time INGSA2020 will contain a dedicated academic research day. We will be looking for abstracts at the cutting edge of research at the science/society/policy interfaces.
Deadline: March 24th.

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INGSA2020 “Evidence in Context: Expanding the Dialogue”

Academic Research Workshop – 17 September, 2020 in Montreal Quebec

From September 13-17 2020, more than 600 researchers and public policy professionals working at the intersection of science, evidence and public policy will converge in Montreal for the 4th Biennial Conference of the International Network for Government Science Advice (, to be hosted this year by the Chief Scientist of Québec in collaboration with the Chief Science Advisor of Canada.

We are delighted to announce that, for the first time, this biennial gathering will include a full day academic research workshop on 17 September 2020, which follows three days of satellite meetings, events, panels and keynote speakers, as part of the wider program.

We therefore invite expressions of interest from researchers from multiple disciplines and theoretical and methodological perspectives, willing to present new or recent research that engages with the theoretical underpinnings, institutional arrangements, practices, values, and interpretations of the relationship between science, evidence and public policy making.

Under the overall conference theme of “Evidence in Context: Expanding the Dialogue,” abstracts of 200-250 words are invited within the following broad themes:

On producing science advice

Questions to explore here include: embodiment; legitimation; integration; validation; representation and transparency in the diverse pathways from data to evidence and into policy. Empirical case studies are welcome, particularly as they relate to evidence being applied to the SDGs in developing or advanced economies, or at various levels of governance.

On the nature of scientific evidence

Questions to explore here include; different types of evidence and evidence-making; the role of values; approaches to scepticism; transdisciplinarity; the implications and influences of data-driven practices; and the role and politics of evidence synthesis.

On structures for science advice

Questions to explore here include: organisational and governing arrangements; the needs of diverse constituencies (legislators, policy practitioners, politicians); effective processes at local, regional, national and global levels; structuring science advice for emergencies and in foresighting and horizon-scanning the evolving role of brokers and intermediaries; institutionalisation and capacity building.

On assessing science advice content and structures

Questions to explore here include: criteria for “effective” science advice, and how these can be developed; measurement of impacts; changing definitions of expertise.

Theoretical perspectives

In addition to more applied debates, we hope to generate discussion on the theoretical underpinnings of any of the above themes and, more generally, around epistemological questions of contextualised knowledge and expertise as applied to science advice for governments.

Links to the INGSA2020 4th Biennial Conference Themes

We also welcome work that engages in the context of the main conference themes, which are:

  • Democracy, public and scientific institutions – building capacities for adaptation and transformation;
  • Private science, public interests – trust, expectations and accountabilities;
  • From cities to global governance – integrated science advice, science diplomacy and cities leading change;
  • Inclusive knowledge – open science, accountability and the new social contract for science and science advice;
  • Foresight for technological disruption – from human wellbeing to the health of democracy;
  • The sustainability agenda and the science of transformation in the 21st Century


Please submit abstracts of 200-250 words by 24 March, 2020

Submissions should be made via the online form.  If you do not receive confirmation of receipt, please send a copy of your abstract by email to (Subject line: INGSA2020 RESEARCH ABSTRACT)

Selected applicants will be announced by 10 April, 2020 and invited to register for the conference at Those attending the INGSA research workshop day (17th September) are encouraged to attend the main biennial conference as well (15th and 16th September). To maintain maximum accessibility, there is NO REGISTRATION FEE for any component of the INGSA conference, but participants are expected to meet their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Some limited support for travel and accommodation is available, with priority to students and those from lower and middle income countries.  Information on travel bursaries will be posted at in due course.



2. Submit a proposal for the Exploratorium
As part of the main conference days INGSA is curating a dedicated stream of dynamic and interactive parallel sessions – dubbed the ‘Exploratorium’. These are opportunities to propose a 1.5 hour parallel session that is engaging, dynamic and interactive. From the proposals we will pick the most interesting session ideas and will work with you to help execute your session. These sessions can be limited in participants if necessary. To apply: download the INGSA Exploratorium EOI template and return to before the February 28 2020.

3. Submit a proposal for a Satellite Event at INGSA2020
INGSA is welcoming proposals from individuals or organisations for satellite events or workshops in the margins of the INGSA2020 conference. These can be any length or be of any size. To apply: download the INGSA Satellite EOI template and return to before the February 28 2020.

If you have any questions about any of this, or would like to discuss ideas, please get in contact with INGSA, Programme Officer, to discuss.

Organised by

Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ)

International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA)

Government of Canada

INGSA operates under the auspices of the International Science Council