I have been a member of the INGSA team through its establishment phase from 2014-2019, and continued to be involved as the network grew in relevance and membership during the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, I was honoured to take over leadership of the network as its inaugural President under a new constitution and governing structure, following from the work and leadership of former INGSA Chair, Sir Peter Gluckman. It is my distinct pleasure to serve in this role alongside three newly-established Vice-Presidents, Dr Claire Craig, Dr Soledad Quiroz Valenzuela and Dr Binyam Sisay Mendisu.
Since its launch, INGSA has established itself as a well-respected voice – in fact a network of voices – with the ability to access its membership for practical know-how and expertise in building, strengthening and applying science advisory and science diplomacy mechanisms and systems when and where they are needed most. With its diversity of membership and global reach, INGSA specialises in helping to create the conditions and develop the skills and knowledge base for successful evidence-to-policy processes in a variety of institutional and cultural contexts. As the collective experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the climate emergency demonstrate, the need for this work is only increasing. And as the current geopolitical instability reminds us, never has it been more important to continue to foster respectful relationships and global networks of like-minded individuals and organisations across the interfaces between science and policy.
INGSA has continued to do this by offering training, generating new knowledge and convening the growing community of science advice practitioners and their government interlocutors to collectively shape a shared definition of successful practices in a complex, contested, and evolving field.
In the pages that follow, we lay out the current operational and governing structure of INGSA and present the network’s proposed goals and planned activities for the coming 3-year term, from July 2022 to June 2025. In keeping with our commitment to collaboration and openness, this plan will continue to be open for consultation across the network in both open and targeted exercises until June 2022.
We are grateful to foundational and collaborating partners of INGSA as well as to individual Chief Science Advisors, Academy Chairs, scholars and policy practitioners from across the globe who are the very essence of this network and continue to support its cause by generously sharing their time and expertise with us.
Chief Scientist of Quebec and President of INGSA