Adding depth to our activities, INGSA is establishing a number of Special Interest Divisions designed to address the structural and thematic issues related to different levels of policy making.

Special Interest Divisions have been announced for:

  • Science Policy in Diplomacy and External Relations – the SPIDER network – SPIDER had their inaugural meeting in Oman in February. The next is planned for Vienna in November 2019. 
  • Parliamentary Science Advice – This Division has already had valuable input into a global research project to determine priorities in Parliamentary Science Advice. 
  • Urban and Cities – Cities are central to so many global priorities and human wellbeing, it is critical that evidence-into-policy mechanisms are effective at all levels of governance. This Division is still in the early stages but you can sign up now.

These Divisions will be subsets of the main INGSA network and are open to anyone to join.

The Foreign Ministries Science and Technology Advisory Network (FMSTAN), will remain an invitation-only network of science advisors (or equivalents) within countries’ Foreign Ministries. FMSTAN and SPIDER will work closely and collaborate on the issue of Science Diplomacy, often holding joint meetings.


How to join an INGSA Special Interest Division?

You can sign up to the SPIDER, Parliamentary, and Urban Divisions right now by filling in your details at: 

Even if you have previously signed up for the INGSA network, please re-fill out your details and remember to indicate the Special Interest Divisions you would like to join. This will update your information in our system.

We will then keep you in the loop regarding the development of these networks, including opportunities to get involved.