Science Advice to Governments
– A global conference for leading practitioners

Auckland, New Zealand
28th-29th August 2014

In a landmark event for science and public policy, the International Council for Science (ICSU) and New Zealand’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, jointly convened the first major global summit of leading practitioners of high-level science advice to governments.

The two-day public meeting was held 28-29 August 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand and brought together the world’s leading practitioners of science advice to governments, including chief science advisors and senior representatives of science advisory bodies from Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the United States, Canada and Latin America.

At a time of increasing recognition worldwide of the critical importance of high-level science advisory mechanisms to improving dialogue and collaboration between science, policy- and decision-makers, and society, this summit was an opportunity to explore and share lessons in providing science advice to governments in a variety of challenging policy contexts.

The Auckland conference explored the diversity of models and approaches with which science advice is operationalised in various countries and in relation to common challenges. Discussions were based on analytical materials prepared in advance of the meeting, and structured around five key challenges:

  1. The process and systems for procuring evidence and developing/delivering scientific advice for government
  2. Science advice in dealing with crises
  3. Science advice in the context of opposing political/ideological positions
  4. Developing an approach to international science advice
  5. The modalities of science advice: accumulated wisdom

Attended by high level practitioners, academics, students and government officials alike, this conference made accessible key debates in the practice of science advice in a way that other global fora have not done. Over 40 countries were represented by over 220 delegates from all regions of the world, together with representatives of key international organisations. Recordings of the panels are available and the relevant publications and materials are accessible below.

Research Fortnight – Global Science Advice special, Auckland, August 2014 – Commentarycommentaries2014 ingsa2014
Bullshit at the Interface of Science and Policy: Global Warming, Toxic Substances,and Other Pesky Problems – Prof Heather Douglas, 2014books academic-resources2014 book-chapter climate-change ingsa2014
Scientific Integrity in a Politicized World – Prof Heather Douglas – Academic Paper 2014papers academic-resources2014 ingsa2014
The Cuban Scientific Advisor’s Office: Providing science advice to the government – 2014, commentaries principles-guideance2014 cuba ingsa2014 models-of-science-advice
INGSA2014 – Conference Program – Science Advice to Governments meeting, Auckland 2014conference-reports2014 auckland ingsa2014
INGSA2014 – Conference Synthesis Report – Science Advice to Governments – Auckland, 2014, conference-reports2014 ingsa2014 new-zealand
INGSA2014 Conference Briefing Paper – Diverse Systems, Common Challenges – August 2014, , conference-reports2014 brief ingsa2014 new-zealand
The role of evidence in policy formation and implementation: Report from NZ Prime Minister’s CSA – 2013, commentaries principles-guideance2013 ingsa2014 principles
Science for an informed, sustainable and inclusive knowledge society – European Commission STAC Policy Paperprinciples-guideanceeuropean-commission ingsa2014 stac sustainability
The temporal dimension of knowledge and the limits of policy appraisal: biofuels policy in the UK – Claire Dunlop 2009papers academic-resources2009 ingsa2014 united-kingdom
New Frontiers in Science Diplomacy – The UK Royal Society Report – 2009ws-reports2009 ingsa2014 royal-society science-diplomacy united-kingdom

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