28 August 2014

Major Global Summit of Science Advisors

A unique international conference brings together the world's leading practitioners of high-level science advice to governments. IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat will speak alongside distinguished presenters including Professor Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist for Australia, Professor Anne Glover, Chief Science Adviser to the President of the European Commission, and Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government.  

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There is increasing recognition worldwide that the work of Chief Science Advisors and other Science Advisory Committees is of critical importance in the task of improving dialogue and collaboration among science, policy and society. To that end, the Science Advice to Governments conference in Auckland will explore and share the best practices with which science advice is operationalised in different countries and in relation to some of the most challenging policy contexts such as science advice in situations of crisis, and provision of collaborative multi-national science advice. The feasibility of setting up an enduring global network of science advisors will be explored.

The conference is hosted by Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand government on behalf of the International Council for Science (ICSU). IIASA is a longtime ICSU member with ongoing collaborations including the Future Earth program and the Global Carbon Project. 

Kabat will join international experts to discuss how scientists can contribute to multilateral and international decision-making processes. This is one of IIASA's core strengths: recent examples include IIASA input into proposed European Union clean air and climate policies, contributions to the newly released IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, and many policy-relevant reports such as the recent Pathways to Deep Decarbonization report released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

Read more about policy impacts that have stemmed from IIASA research on our Science and Policy Achievements Web page.


29 August, 2014

Panel 4: Developing an approach to international science advice

Panel Chair: Dr Hamid Zakri, Prime Minister’s Science Advisor, Malaysia

Panel speakers include: 

  • Professor Dr Pavel Kabat, Director General & CEO, IIASA
  • Dr Carlos Nobre, National Secretary, Research and Development, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil; and IIASA Council Member for Brazil

This is an opportunity for participants to consider what can be achieved at the multinational level that could not be done by individual countries. What would be the added value of a network of senior science advisors, both in the international arena (global issues) and to individual countries (peer support for domestic issues)? This session will consider the following questions:

  • Developing a common approach for giving advice to international bodies: What is the place of a multinational approach for science advice?
  • What issues necessitate multilateral thinking?


Responding to the increasingly global nature of societal challenges, practitioners of science advice to governments formed a global network to share practice and strengthen their ties, at the first global conference on science advice to governments, which was held in Auckland, New Zealand this week. Read full media release

Presentations from the conference: The conference SlideShare page will be updated regularly.

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