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Announcements 2020-2022

INGSA Horizon Series Interview with Prof Dr Antonio La Viña

In view of 2022 being a pivotal year for climate and biodiversity discourse with events such as the 27th UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh and the 15th UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, INGSA-Asia and the Southeast Asia Science Advice Network (SEA SAN) are delighted to present the first INGSA Horizon Series interview for 2022 with renowned lawyer, activist and educator, Dean Prof Dr Antonio La Viña, gaining insights into the urgency of science advice and diplomacy in the face of the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse.

Watch our interview for an illuminating conversation with Prof Tony on the state of international cooperation for collective action, the balance between environmental protection and socioeconomic development, as well as his hopes for the future stemming from youth activism and empowerment.

The INGSA Horizon Series features leading experts and practitioners at the science-policy-society interface to examine how science advice can be utilized to address current global challenges.

You can watch all the other interviews in the series at https://www.ingsa.org/2021-horizon/.

Call for Applications: Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards 2022

Building upon last year’s overwhelming response, INGSA-Asia is now calling upon scientists, researchers, academics and practitioners all across Asia to submit their proposals and applications for the 2022 Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards. Award recipients will receive a seed grant worth €1000 to organize workshops which highlight the role of science advice in pertinent issues in their home countries. The deadline for submission is 30 April 2022.

For more information, please download the application guideline here or email us at ingsa.asia@gmail.com.

Workshop Reports for Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards 2021 Winners

Following the successful completion of INGSA-Asia’s Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards 2021, the award recipients have compiled their workshop proceedings into reports for everyone who is interested to learn more about their efforts in promoting science advice at a grassroots level. The reports can be downloaded for the following award recipients:

  • Ms Desmiwati, Mr Thomas Oni Veriasa & Ms Wahyu Adiningtyas (Indonesia) – Science Advice by Practice: Communicating Agroforestry Business Plan of Forest Farmer Groups to the Village Authority in Parungpanjang, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia (Agroforestry)
  • Dr Shabana Khan (India) – Linking Science and Policy into Planning for Existing and Evolving Risks of COVID, Climate Change and Disasters: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities (Disaster Management)
  • Dr Jenice Jean Goveas & Dr Moumita Koley (India) – The Role of Science Advice in Incorporating Open Science Framework as one of Indian STI Policy Priorities (Open Science)

INGSA-Asia would like to congratulate the winners for their wonderful effort in organizing impactful grassroots workshops.

Winners of Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards 2021

INGSA-Asia would like to congratulate the winners of its Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards 2021 on their incredible achievements. As part of this award, the winners will receive a seed grant worth €500 as well as guidance and mentorship from a distinguished INGSA-Asia Steering Committee Member to organise science advice workshops in their home countries.

The winners are:

  • Ms Desmiwati, Mr Thomas Oni Veriasa & Ms Wahyu Adiningtyas (Indonesia) – Science Advice by Practice: Communicating Agroforestry Business Plan of Forest Farmer Groups to the Village Authority in Parungpanjang, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia
  • Dr Jenice Jean Goveas & Dr Moumita Koley (India) – The Role of Science Advice in Incorporating Open Science Framework as one of Indian STI Policy Priorities
  • Dr Kristoffer B. Berse (Philippines) – Dynamics, Challenges, and Prospects for Mainstreaming Science Advice in Local Crisis Management: Lessons from COVID-19 in the Philippines
  • Dr Shabana Khan (India) – Linking Science and Policy into Planning for Existing and Evolving Risks of COVID, Climate Change and Disasters: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities

INGSA-Asia looks forward to supporting the winners in organising timely and impactful programmes to promote science advice at a grassroots level.

INGSA’s The Horizon Series Interview with Professor Vikram Patel

Mental health is everyone’s business.”

Watch our interview with world-renowned mental health expert Professor Vikram Patel on the important topic of decolonising global health and the ongoing mental health crisis. The Horizon Series is INGSA’s new interview series featuring leading experts at the science-society-policy nexus to gain insight into how science advice and diplomacy is being utilised to address current global challenges, as well as how they can be further leveraged to solve humanity’s most pressing issues.

You can watch all the other interviews in the series at https://www.ingsa.org/2021-horizon/.

Winners of INGSA-Asia Essay Contest 2020

INGSA-Asia would like to congratulate the winners of its essay contest themed How is science advice used for the government in your country? on their incredible achievements. The winning authors, who came from various countries across the region, were each awarded a Certificate of Distinction as well as a travel bursary worth 200 USD to an international INGSA workshop.

The five winning entries were:

  • Dr Erfan Shamsoddin (Iran) – Evidence Based Policy Making and Responses during COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case for Iran
  • Dr Kristoffer B. Berse (Philippines) – Walking on a Tightrope: The Challenging Role of Science Advice in Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Philippines
  • Dr Nor Adilla Rashidi (Malaysia) – Bioenergy Policies and Practices in Malaysia: Science Advices and Contributions from Each Stakeholder (Government, Industrial Sector, Academician, and Researcher)
  • Prof Satoru Ohtake (Japan) – Science Advice in Japan – Progressing, but in the Middle
  • Prof Sunita Tripathy (India) – Science Advice for Regulating Clinical Trials for a SARS-Cov-2 Vaccine in India

Three other authors received honourable mentions for their outstanding participation and were awarded Certificates of Merit. They are:

  • Anvesha Singhal (India) – How is Science Advice Used in My Country, India?
  • Kulendran Anushan (Sri Lanka) – Scientists Design a Science-Policy Interface for Effective Strategies on Drug Control in Sri Lanka
  • Dr Nova Ahmed (Bangladesh) – Communicating to Marginal Communities

INGSA-Asia would like to thank all the participants for their remarkable essays, and hopes to hold similar contests in the near future.

Workshops

Rebuilding Public Trust in Science

On the 28th of July 2021, INGSA-Asia co-organised a webinar titled Rebuilding Public Trust in Science” in collaboration with the Southeast Asia Science Advice Network (SEA SAN). The webinar examined the growing issue of declining public trust in science, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted the value and importance of rebuilding that trust for the effective management of current and future crises.

The webinar was a success and was attended by members of the INGSA and SEA SAN network, as well as academicians, scientists, and policy practitioners from around the region and worldwide. INGSA-Asia and the SEA SAN will continue to collaborate in organising future webinars and events, especially to build upon the outcomes of this webinar and to expand the dialogue on trust in science.

The video clips and full recording of the webinar are available on the SEA SAN YouTube Channel and the INGSA-Asia Facebook page. The proceedings report can be downloaded here.

2020 YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award Workshop on Science Advice

On the 5th of June 2021, INGSA-Asia supported a science advice workshop that was organised by the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM). This workshop was held in conjunction with the 2020 YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award, which aims to recognise and empower a cohort of emerging research talent in Malaysia. The Chair of INGSA-Asia, Prof Dr Abhi Veerakumarasivam, led the workshop which included a talk on the principles of science advice as well as a case study (Coralesia) that focused on balancing biodiversity sustainability, indigenous populations’, and socio-political-economic interests.

Through this workshop, the participants were exposed to the value and complex nature of science advice as well as their role as scientists in the promotion of evidence-informed policy making. The case study used in this workshop is one of the many INGSA case studies that are available on our website. We are continually building our case study library and welcome your ideas and support in developing new cases. If you would like to contribute, please send your submissions to info@ingsa.org.

Science Advice and Diplomacy in the Battle against COVID-19

On the 21st of January 2021, INGSA-Asia co-organised a webinar titled “Science Advice and Diplomacy in the Battle against COVID-19” in collaboration with the Young Scientists Forum Nepal, the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, and the Nepal Health Research Council. This webinar, which marked INGSA-Asia’s first initiative in Nepal, was attended by over 100 academicians, scientists, and policy makers from around the world, and was also shared on Facebook Live where it has been viewed by over 2,000 people worldwide.

For more information on the workshop, see the workshop page!

Research

2020 Research Survey Report on the Role of Scientific Knowledge in Policymaking: Scientist and Policymaker Perspectives

The Science in Policy Making survey was launched in August 2019 as part of a study commissioned by the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), to map the state of and capacity for science advice in Asia. Research associates led by Prof Dr Abhi Veerakumarasivam, the Chair of INGSA-Asia, surveyed a total of 306 respondents consisting of policy makers, scientists, and researchers from various Asian countries.

The objective of the survey was to understand the perspectives of policy makers and scientists/researchers on the use of scientific knowledge, as well as the role of scientists/researchers in policy making. The 2020 INGSA-Asia Research Survey Report is a timely and insightful look at the current state-of-play, and provides strong signposts for how systems and relationships could be better leveraged for even greater benefit in the region.

Read the full report here: 2020 INGSA-Asia Regional Survey Report

Note: A Comparative Analysis Report is currently being developed that will integrate results from regional surveys in Africa, Asia, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).