INGSA convenes an international conference every two years on the issues of science advice to governments.



Originally due to be held in 2020, the 4th International Conference on Science Advice to Government was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now be in 2021, hosted by the Chief Scientist of Québec, Professor Rémi Quirion. The INGSA2021 conference dates are set to be 31st August and 1st September 2021 at Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada. For the first time, INGSA will also host a 2-day Research Conference following the main event on the 2nd September. 

We are, as always, excited to be putting together another great conference with a variety of appealing panels and keynote presentations.

See the Conference page for more information as the conference evolves.


In collaboration with the Government of Japan, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo played host to INGSA’s third international science advice to government conference in November 2018. The conference was developed to focus in-depth on themes of the SDGs, technology, and science advice in a changing world and attracted 300 people from over 50 countries. For more information or the conference resources, see the conference page. INGSA2018 was also made possible by a range of sponsors and supporters including: Elsevier, the European Commission, Airbus, Hitachi and many others.


The 2016 conference was held in partnership with the European Commission in Brussels on the 29th and 30th of September, 2016. Under the title ‘Science and Policy Making: towards a new dialogue’, the event attracted about 450 participants from 72 countries, including prominent users and providers of scientific advice on critical global issues.


The 1st international conference on science advice to governments was convened by Sir Peter Gluckman in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2014 at the request of ICSU. This landmark gathering highlighted the common challenges faced in science advisory systems across the globe and often address as well as the issues that have a global dimension. At the end of this conference, there was a clear call for closer collaboration and a continuous dialogue among science advice practitioners. These conclusions resulted in the formation of the INGSA network under the aegis of ICSU.