International Network for Government Science Advice

“Scientific advice has never been in greater demand; nor has it been more contested. From climate change to cyber-security, poverty to pandemics, food technologies to fracking, the questions being asked of scientists, engineers and other experts by policymakers, the media and the wider public continue to multiply and increase in complexity. At the same time, the authority and legitimacy of experts is under increasing scrutiny, particularly in areas that often spark intense debate, such as climate change, energy choices and genetically-modified crops.” (Wilsdon et al., Science Advice to Governments Conference Briefing Paper 2014)

This is the challenge that framed a landmark conference on Science Advice to Governments, held in Auckland in August 2014. Hosted and chaired by Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, and organized in partnership with the International Council for Science (ICSU), the conference resulted in the agreement to form and develop the emerging International Network for Science Advice to Governments – INGSA, operating under the aegis of ICSU.

Find out more about the objectives and activities of INGSA here.