Science Advice is essential at this point in history. The current social movement towards post-science, post-truth and post-factual decision making is dangerous and may have deleterious long term consequences to our collective future. It is important that we, early and mid-career scientists, work closely with decision makers to emphasise the importance of consulting with specialists to help inform decisions.
Our GYA Science Advice working group aims at
– attaining a deeper level of understanding of science advice and the involvement by stakeholders,
– building capacity in science advice for policy making for young scientists and policy makers,
– organising concrete actions and building a community of young scientists and decision makers around this topic.
Watch the group’s video for the 2020 GYA e-Annual General Meeting here
For GYA members and alumni only: connect to the group, collaborate and discuss with other members on the GYA-internal Agora platform here.
The group, in collaboration with INGSA-Africa, is organizing 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 will be held ONLINE on 18-19 May 2022 from 13:00 to 15:30 UTC. See here for details and how to register.
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 and outcomes of the group’s work include:
– 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).
– organisation of an International Science Policy Memo Writing Workshop in collaboration with the Journal of Science Policy & Governance