“The forum for policy makers, practitioners, national academies, scientific societies, and researchers to share experience, build capacities, and develop theoretical and practical approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government.”
The International Network for Government Science Advice is a collaborative platform for policy exchange, capacity building and research across diverse global science advisory organisations and national systems. Through workshops, conferences and a growing catalogue of tools and guidance, the network aims to enhance the global science-policy interface to improve the potential for evidence-informed policy formation at sub-national, national and transnational levels.
INGSA operates as an affiliated body of the International Science Council, which acts as trustee of INGSA funds and hosts its governance committee. INGSA’s secretariat is based in Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
The mission of INGSA is to provide a forum for policy makers, practitioners, national academies, and academics to share experience, build capacity and develop theoretical and practical approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government.
Its primary focus is on the place of science in public policy formation rather than advice on the structure and governance of public science and innovation systems.
It operates through:
- Exchanging lessons, evidence and new concepts through conferences, workshops and a website;
- Collaborating with other organisations where there are common or overlapping interests;
- Assisting the development of advisory systems through capacity-building workshops;
- Producing articles and discussion papers based on comparative research into the science and art of scientific advice
INGSA is committed to diversity, recognising the multiple cultures and structures of governance and policy development. It is not intended to lobby for, or endorse, any particular form or structure of science advice to governments. INGSA’s primary objective to improve the use of evidence in informing public policy, rather than providing advice on the structure and governance of public science and innovation systems.
As a loosely-knit association of individuals and organisations with interests in both the theory and practice of science advice, it is expected that the network will be shaped and reshaped over time according to the arising needs and interests of INGSA affiliates. Working groups are developed to take on targeted projects such as workshop planning and development of publications and other resource materials.
- President: Rémi Quirion
- Vice President: Claire Craig
- Vice President: Binyam Sisay Mendisu
- Vice President: Soledad Quiroz-Valenzuela