The foundations for this group were laid at the 2016 workshop Broadening the scope of science advice (GYA/INGSA/JRC) and the 2016 conference Science & Policy Making: Towards a New Dialogue (INGSA/EC) both held in Brussels. We then started out as a GYA Incubator and were officially established as a GYA Working Group in January 2018.
By then, we had already launched several initiatives and activities related to science advice. We participated in JRC and INGSA meetings, wrote a report together, and gave advice on the INGSA Science Advice Manifesto.
Further spinoff results are:
– a G20 policy brief: Consolidated G20 synthetic biology policies and their role in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Bart Kolodziejczyk and Alexander Kagansky)
– an annual event called Scientists-in-Residence organised in Melbourne (Bart Kolodziejczyk)
– participation in UN-STI (Muhammad H Zaman)
– participation in the JRC workshop Policy Impact of Knowledge and Knowledge Organisations (Koen Vermeir)
– participation in the conference Governing better through evidence-informed policy making, hosted by the OECD (Patrizio Antici, Koen Vermeir)
– participation in the JRC workshop on skills for evidence-informed policymaking (Patrizio Antici).
Working group co-lead Clarissa Rios (Peru) represented the GYA at the 2019 annual ‘Science meets Parliaments’ conference at the European Parliament in Brussels in February 2019. This event, organised by the European Parliament and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), gathered policy-makers, scientists and professionals working at the interface of science and policy. Read more here.
2018 INGSA Conference
In November 2018, members of the group participated in the biennial conference of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) in Tokyo, Japan. For a brief report see here.
2018 Summer School
The group co-organised an Evidence and Policy Summer School together with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), and the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) in Laxenburg, Austria, in September 2018. The summer school’s theme was “The role of population and migration for sustainable development in the European neighbourhood”. It focused on the role of population and migration for sustainable development in the European Neighbourhood, and it was aimed at early- to mid-career scientists interested in how to achieve impact on policy-making, as well as at policymakers interested in how to commission and use research in their daily work.
One of the panel sessions, “Discussion with Scholars At Risk”, was moderated by GYA member and co-lead of the At-Risk Scholars Initiative, Karly Kehoe (Canada). It was a collaboration between the GYA and the Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) and offered at-risk professionals a platform for highlighting how their personal and professional lives have been affected by their forced displacement. The panelists were Pinar Aksu (YAS member), Mohammed Almahfali (GYA mentee), and Özge Yaka (GYA mentee). Session participants were instructed to treat the first half of the session as a listening exercise and to consider how the experiences of the speakers fit within the broader context of migration and demographic change in Europe.
Following this, the audience was then tasked with breaking up into groups and discussing a number of policy recommendations that emerged from the GYA’s Global Migration and Human Rights working group’s Global Individual Responsibility Symposium held in Munich, Germany, in April 2018. The purpose of this exercise was twofold: firstly, to encourage discussion about migrant integration between policy makers, migrants and researchers; secondly, to capture the advice and comments made by the policymakers to ensure that the recommendations being included in the GMHR working group’s forthcoming report, Global Individual Responsibility: The Role of the Citizen in Refugee Integration are as concrete as possible.
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