MONDAY AUGUST 30 | Promise and Pandemic: Reshaping Science Advice

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a lot about evidence-informed advising globally. We have seen established institutions fail, while new and ad hoc efforts show promise. What structural changes might be needed, from cities to international organisations? What does ‘inclusive science advice’ look like? Is it even possible? In what ways does context matter?

8:30 | Welcoming Remarks

8:45 | Plenary | Reflections from Covid-19: Where to from here?

8:45 – 9:30

This opening plenary sets the scene for the future of science advice to governments in a post-pandemic world. The session will look to lessons from the pandemic experience that can inform the theory and practices of science advice going forward. Its intention is not to re-litigate specific pandemic actions but to identify key opportunities for science advice post-COVID. Some of the issues we might discuss are: whether crisis advice modalities can work in longer term situations and vice versa; the risks of politicisation of the science; and whether the pandemic represents a paradigm shift in the theory and practice of science advice.
Moderator:
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9:30 | PAUSE

9:45 | Panel | Science advice during COVID-19: What factors made the difference?

9:45 – 10:30

This panel presents an opportunity to review some of the stand-out lessons and case studies from the various international projects and mechanisms that were at the frontline of synthesising evidence for advice or have been tracking the policy responses around the world. We want to see whether there are any cross-cutting factors that influence the use of evidence in decision-making, which supersede contextual conditions (whether, cultural, sociological, institutional…)
Moderator:
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Speakers:
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Studio Session | Lessons from and for science diplomacy

The panel will explore how countries mobilised (or did not mobilise) science diplomacy – whether internationally or across jurisdictions and policy sectors. What worked and why? Were new structures created? Will they endure? How did science diplomacy fare against domestic imperatives? Were the ideals of science diplomacy met or were they compromised under crisis? How has our thinking about science diplomacy changed?
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JOHN SMITH
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Speakers:
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10:30 | PAUSE

10:45 | Debate Stage

10:45 – 11:30

More information to come
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Studio Session | Chief Science Advisors

More information to come.
Moderator:
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Speakers:
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11:30 | LUNCH

12:15 | Panel | Innovations in Science Advice

12:15 – 13:00

More information to come.
Moderator:
JOHN SMITH
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Studio Session | Transdisciplinary science: Are we there yet?

This panel will turn the spotlight on how science produces knowledge and evidence to advise governments and public decision-making. The type of science that can get us through wicked problems has been called ‘post-normal’ and ‘transdisciplinary’. It is the plurality of inputs and the synthesis of findings that is key, but this is hard work and our current culture and structures of knowledge production and sharing don’t support it. COVID showed us glimpses of what is possible. Can we build on those successes and institutionalise transdisciplinarity?
Moderator:
JOHN SMITH
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Speakers:
JOHN SMITH
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13:00 | PAUSE

13:15 | Plenary | Is the paradigm shifting? Rethinking our models

13:15 – 14:00

Science advice is built on a foundation of established models of knowledge production, policy-making and the science-policy-society relationship.  But all of these are currently in flux.  How do we provide advice in a context when foundational assumptions are changing? This plenary explores key examples of changing discourses and the role of science advice in this process.
Moderator:
JOHN SMITH
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Speakers:
JOHN SMITH
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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