Evidence in Context: Expanding the Dialogue

The 4th Biennial Conference on Science Advice to Government

From September 14-18, 2020, the Chief Scientist of Québec, Professor Rémi Quirion, will host the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) 2020 conference, in Montréal, Canada. The event will bring together more than 600 international stakeholders to drive innovation in science-to-policy mechanisms at all levels of government.

INGSA, which operates under the aegis of the International Science Council, is the only global forum that brings the world’s most senior science advisors to governments together with policy makers and diplomats. It is unique in bringing together a world of perspective from both the Global North and South, and INGSA2020 will be a critical meeting point to interrogate how evidence can influence public policy in an increasingly complex world.

The great societal, technological and political challenges facing humanity are all keenly expressed at the intersection of science and policy. Whether it is fake news, post-trust, the threat to the global commons, digital wellbeing, inequality, or any issues facing citizens and governments, the need for robust mechanisms for evidence-informed policy has never been more serious.

INGSA2020 will be driven by the question of Evidence in Context: Expanding the Dialogue. It will encompass INGSA’s on-going commitment to exploring the role of evidence in shaping policy and diplomacy at all levels of government, from local to global. Public and political trust in reliable knowledge, and the provision of that science to decision makers, is a critical nexus if humankind is to overcome the existential threats it faces. INGSA’s work has also had a particular focus on how scientific advice can help better operationalise the 2030 agenda.

Past Keynote speakers for the INGSA Biennial Congress have included: Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former Head of UNDP; Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research Science and Innovation; and Sir Mark Walport, former Chief Science Advisor to the UK government.

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