About the Division
Language and culture affect our interpretations of the world around us, even if the science is largely universal. The way that evidence is assembled, conveyed and understood is therefore contextually embedded. To achieve a global understanding of evidence-informed policy, and to unite against our collective challenges, this contextuality needs to be explored and cultural specificities appreciated.
In collaboration with the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ), INGSA is supporting the establishment of a Division on Science Advice across the Francophone world.
A call for proposals was launched in April 2022 to select the secretariat of the Francophone Network on Science Advice. Based in Québec, Canada, the network will deploy its actions throughout the Francophone space via antennas in Africa and Europe. It will receive $1.5 million over five years from the FRQ, and nearly $800,000 from partner universities.
The selected team was unveiled on November 3, 2022 during a forum held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal and online. The funding was awarded to the proposal submitted by Mathieu Ouimet, professor at Laval University, in Québec, Canada, and co-led in Europe by Damien Cesselin, Administrative Secretary General of the Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF), and in Africa by Mahaman Tidjani Alou, professor at Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey, Niger. Thus, the secretariat of the Francophone Network on Science Advice will be hosted at Laval University.
To stay updated, make sure you are a member of INGSA by signing up to the network for free: www.ingsa.org/join
Description of the network : https://www.scientifique-en-chef.gouv.qc.ca/dossiers/conseil-scientifique-aux-gouvernements/reseau-francophone-en-conseil-scientifique/
Video clips presenting the network : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqq3-vwFL2RL1s73dqZTY-HTTHbQbsnM9
Report on science advice in francophonie : https://www.scientifique-en-chef.gouv.qc.ca/dossiers/conseil-scientifique-aux-gouvernements/etat-du-conseil-scientifique-au-sein-des-etats-membres-de-la-francophonie/
Project of 50 young engaged francophones : https://www.scientifique-en-chef.gouv.qc.ca/dossiers/conseil-scientifique-aux-gouvernements/ingsa/une-opportunite-de-formation-et-dechange-pour-50-jeunes-francophones-engages/
Structure of the Division
In addition to the project leader, Mathieu Ouimet, and co-leaders, Damien Cesselin and Mahaman Tidjani Alou, 17 collaborators with various expertises have supported the proposal. Over the next few months, the team will work to establish the network's governance structure. The network will have an open membership.
The foundations of the division were defined with the advice of a steering committee, made up of representatives of various French-speaking states and organisations.
Steering Committee Chair
Mr Lassina Zerbo
Chairman of Rwanda Atomic Energy Board
You can see Mr Zerbo's CV here