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Science and Policy-Making: towards a new dialogue

29th – 30th September 2016, Brussels, Belgium


Around 430 users, practitioners and scholars of science advice from more than 70 countries participated in the event showing the international interest in the discussed topics.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Commissioner Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport opened the conference by setting out the challenges facing the users and providers of science advice.

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While Commissioner Moedas underlined that science advisors must explain the evidence base, Commissioner Navracsics emphasised the role that science advisors have not only in providing possible solutions but also in the identification of the problem in the first place.

Henrik Wegener, the Chair of the High-Level Group of the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) presented SAM as an example of a transnational science advice structure.

Seeking to improve the interface between science advice and policy-making, participants discussed common principles and best practices in different contexts ranging from emergency situations to longer-term advice. The global challenges of climate change, migration and health issues served as concrete examples for analysing what works and does not work in science advice to policy making.

The outcome will fuel the process for the identification of universal principles for science advice worldwide to be presented at the World Science Forum 2017. A big thank you to all speakers and participants for their contributions as well as for their positive feedback!



Conference material

Read the conference report here (PDF icon 16.8 MB).

You can browse the programme (PDF icon 1.5 MB) as well as the list of speakers (PDF icon 3.2 MB) .

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Conference presentations

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Opening Session

  • Setting the scene ( PDF icon 515 KB)
    Sir Peter GLUCKMAN, Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand

Plenary session 2: Solution-oriented scientific advice

Parallel session 1: Responding to global policy challenges

1.1 > Climate change: Science, policy & the road beyond Paris

1.2 > Migration: Evidence-informed responses to humanitarian crises

1.3 > Health: Science advice in short- and long-term challenges – from epidemics to chronic diseases

Parallel session 2: Brokers and boundary-crossers: Developing the practice of science advice

2.2 > What skills do experts and policy-makers need for better dialogue?

2.3 > How can foresight and horizon scanning better inform policy agendas?

Plenary session 3: Scientific advice for transnational structures


Plenary session 5: Cool heads in crises: How to provide timely

Parallel session 3: Science advice for and with society

3.2 > How can national academies best contribute to science advice for policy?

Parallel session 4: Advising across boundaries and borders

4.1 > Science advice across boundaries and borders: learning from each other

Plenary session 6: Taking Stock 2

Plenary session 7: Strengthening the use of science advice in policy

All Presentations ( 32.0 MB)


Thanks for the organization. Glad of attending.
Marcos Antonio Nogueira, IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution, Managing partner

Thanks for a great conference! Really enjoyed it, very interesting group of people.
Emily Hayter, INASP, Programme Manager, Evidence Informed Policy Making

Congratulations to the organisers for an outstanding meeting.
Daya Reddy, University of Cape Town, South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics

The conference was indeed a dynamic success and you should all be very proud of how well the hard work paid off.
Mari-Vaughn Johnson, co-chair of the Global Young Academy and agronomist at the United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS).

Thank you so much for a very informative and well planned meeting.
Kamiel Gabriel, Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Many thanks for a very interesting conference.
Encarnacion Luque Perez, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Scientific Project Officer

Just wanted to say thank you for such and interesting and informative conference last week.
Laura Norton, The British Academy, Press and Communications Manager

I really enjoyed the days of the conference & benefited from the extensive discussions.
Suad Sulaiman, Sudanese National Academy of Sciences, Treasurer, Health & Environment Adviser

And much more over twitter, #EUINGSA16

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