In Fall 2022, group co-lead Laura Zimmermann became a member of the International Science Council (ISC)’s working group coordinating the review process of the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). The GSDR provides evidence-based guidance on global sustainable development issues and progress towards the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and will be launched in 2023. The working group, consisting of 13 researchers from the natural and social sciences, was tasked with coordinating and synthesizing global feedback on the GSDR draft from over 100 expert reviewers for communication to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).
In September, co-lead Markus J. Prutsch as well as group member Felix Moronta together with alumnus Andre Xuereb gave a presentation on the topic of science diplomacy and science advice at the GYA online event “Young and Global – A perspective on today’s challenges in science”. This event was part of the Science Summit of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77). In their presentation, they explored how stronger relationships between nations help both advance the course of science, and science can help bring nations together. Early-career researchers (ECRs) are in a unique position to forge long-lasting connections between scientists, diplomats, and policymakers, and to use science diplomacy to help bridge societal and technological gaps. Read more about the session and watch the full presentation here.
In June 2022, group members organised a Science Advice for Policy-making Workshop as part of the GYA Annual General Meeting & Conference, in collaboration with the Young Academy of Japan. INGSA and INGSA-Asia provided mentors and more than 40 participants took part in the meeting. You can watch the recording here. For further information, you can read the related news item here.
Furthermore, the Science Advice Resource Centre was launched. This platform is intended to be an initial entry point for early-career researchers into Scientific Advice matters.
In May, the group, in collaboration with INGSA-Africa, organised a workshop intended to provide participants with an overview of the concept of “science advice”, with a focus on the use of science advice during the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to traditional knowledge in Africa, and on examining existing platforms and structures of science advice in Africa, as well as in Europe and Latin America. The workshop was held online.
In April 2022, group co-lead Alma Cristal Hernández (Mexico), and group members Felix Moronta (Venezuela), Sandra López-Verges (Panama), Luciana Balboa (Argentina), Fernando Valiente (Chile), as well as GYA alumnus Alex Godoy (Chile) organised and participated in the Regional Conference on Science Advice in Latin America. The objective of the Conference was to provide students and young researchers with an introductory perspective on Science Advice, and on the participation of young Latin American scientists in crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic in their countries of residence, and on other countries’ global challenges facing the Latin-American region and the world in general.