“What was done right and what has gone wrong in pandemic responses to date?”
Next week, from 14-18 September, the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) and Koi Tū will host a global virtual meeting on the early lessons from the pandemic.
The INGSA Global Week of Dialogue will bring together more than 35 global experts to discuss the science/policy implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This free online meeting include sessions with:
- Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organisation, who will be providing the Keynote for the event
- Prof Pearl Dykstra, Deputy Chair of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission, will be on the High Level Panel
- Sir David Skegg, Epidemiologist from the University of Otago, who will be representing New Zealand on the Asia/Oceania Discussion Panel
- Dr John Nkengasong, Director of the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, on the African Discussion panel
- Prof Devi Sridhar, Chair of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, on the European Discussion panel
- Dr Mona Nemer, the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, on the pan-American Discussion Panel
- And High-Level representatives from UNESCO and UN-DESA on a special Roundtable panel on Science Advice at the United Nations.
- See the program for the full list of speakers and register now!
INGSA is the leading international network for academics and policymakers interested in the dynamics between science and policy, and the mechanisms by which evidence is used to formulate public policy. It currently has ~5000 members from over 100 country. Since very early in the pandemic, INGSA has been building a COVID-19 science and policy information hub, and leading a unique international effort to track and map policy interventions in over 100 countries around the world. This public access Evidence-to-Policy Tracker is the only one in the world looking to be investigating how evidence and knowledge have been used by governments to respond to the pandemic.
The international secretariat of INGSA has been hosted by the University of Auckland since its inception in 2014 and now sits within Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures. INGSA provides the University with unique linkages into academic and political systems around the world.
About the INGSA Global Week of Dialogue
Never before have the interfaces between evidence, policy, and society been more visible and more critical. We have seen dramatic, unprecedented shifts in the relationship between societies and science, between politics and evidence, and between society and their governments.
We have seen where pre-existing systems have failed, and where there have been unexpectedly surprises. The lessons of COVID-19 need to be learned as the world faces a wide range of economic, technological and environmental challenges far beyond the coronavirus.
By bringing together this diverse range of experts from across academia and policymaking, INGSA will shed light on real-time lessons that jurisdictions and the multi-lateral system can draw on to improve their potential for better outcomes in the immediate, medium and long term.
Register now for FREE to make sure you receive all the meeting information and to access links to the session.