29 September 2016

The International Network for Government Science Advice Conference

The theme of this international conference, jointly organized by the European Commission and the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), was Science and Policy Making: towards a new dialogue. IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat attended as a speaker and participated in high-level meetings. 

© Alain Lacroix | Dreamstime

© Alain Lacroix | Dreamstime

This two-day conference in Brussels brought together users and providers of scientific advice on critical, global issues. Policymakers, leading practitioners and scholars in the field of science advice to governments, as well as other stakeholders, explored principles and practices in a variety of current and challenging policy contexts.

IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat participated as a speaker in Session IV: Advising across boundaries and borders on Friday 30 September at 11:45am. This session focused on science advisors whose bridging roles span scientific disciplines, jurisdictions and institutional boundaries. What are the challenges and how can they be overcome? To what extent are science advisory systems also diplomatic or parliamentary tools? Click here for the web stream.

As part of the event, Kabat attended a Lunch of Honor hosted by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science, and Innovation. After the conference, Kabat also participated in a high-level dinner organized by EuroScience, in recognition of Robert-Jan Smits, Director General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission. 

During his time in Brussels, Kabat held meetings with a number of leading experts in economy, politics, and science, including:

  • Peter Balas, Deputy Director General for External Trade, European Commission
  • Leon Delvaux, Trade and Development Advisor, European Commission
  • Alan Finkel, Chief Scientist of Australia
  • Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
  • Martin Selmayr, Head of Cabinet, European Commission

Click here to view the Flickr Photo Gallery by the European Commission.

Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat, IIASA CEO and Director General, and Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission © European Commission

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Programme with confirmed speakers

Science & Policy Making: towards a new dialogue

Conference material and presentations

EuroScience Press Release

Robert-Jan Smits: Recognition of Lifetime Achievements for European Science and Society

Participants of VIP Lunch with Commissioner Moedas

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