Global High Level Panel

Online Conference
September 2020

With Covid-19 affecting every aspect of life and governance, the pathways between science, policy and society were exposed and scrutinised like never before.

In Sept 2020, INGSA coordinated a global event to begin to look at how readily and effectively the world was using evidence to inform the pandemic response – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Global High Level Panel – “What was done right and what has gone wrong in pandemic responses to date?”

COVID-19 has been an unprecedented test to the role and functionality of science advice and science diplomacy mechanisms around the world. The role of scientists, science advisors and diplomats has never before been placed under such intense scrutiny. It is vital that we ensure the lessons of the pandemic are learned so that more resilient, flexible and informed systems can emerge in its wake.

INGSA was proud to be able to convene a global panel of experts working at the science, society and policy interfaces for a high-level panel that framed the discussion for the Global Week of Dialogue. 

“What was done right and what has gone wrong in pandemic responses to date?”

The High-Level Panel addressed some of the main challenges the global system of science and governance have faced, and was one of the highlights of the week. Featuring:

  • Prof Pearl Dykstra – Deputy Chair of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission
  • Professor Yik-Ying Teo – Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
  • Prof Tolu Oni – Urban Health Physician & Epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge & University of Cape Town
  • Prof Miguel Nicolelis – Duke School of Medicine Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience – Coordinator of the Scientific Task Force for Brazil’s Northeastern States
  • Sir Peter Gluckman – (Moderator) Chair of INGSA and President-elect of the International Science Council (ISC)