The Auckland conference explored the diversity of models and approaches with which science advice is operationalised in various countries and in relation to common challenges. Discussions were based on analytical materials prepared in advance of the meeting, and structured around five key challenges:
- The process and systems for procuring evidence and developing/delivering scientific advice for government
- Science advice in dealing with crises
- Science advice in the context of opposing political/ideological positions
- Developing an approach to international science advice
- The modalities of science advice: accumulated wisdom
Through these four themes, participants considered more general questions such as:
- What can we learn from each other (drawing out lessons, identifying challenges)?
- How differently is scientific advice viewed and structured in different countries?
- How does science inform decisions at national level?