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May 25, 2018 β€’ 32 tweets β€’ 43 min read
Our @DSP_SPE team represents the student voice in #scienceadvice at the #INGSA_NA18 workshop today among experts from around the world πŸ”¬πŸ”­πŸŒπŸ–‹πŸ“ƒ

Our #EmergingExperts: @sung_vanessa @ShawnMcGuirk @tgruos @nehabhutani17 @arthi_ramac

#scipol @INGSciAdvice @SciChefQC @ChiefSciCan
.@SciChefQC & @ChiefSciCan note in opening keynote how important it is for the #NextGeneration to be here and well represented, and applaud our #SPEscidip event from last week - thank you for inviting us, we're v happy to be in these discussions #INGSA_NA18 #scipol #scienceadvice
& thx @PeterGluckman for your video introduction, we hope we can meet again soon! Especially with the establishment of an @INGSciAdvice chapter for #NorthAmerica

We appreciate your commitment to engaging #nextgen at the intersection of #science & #policy in #NZ & at #INGSA_NA18
. @Kristiann_NZ of @INGSciAdvice opens the session by presenting the context of #SDGs, #EDI, of establishing regional chapters like #INGSA_NA18, and of opening #scienceadvice worldwide to groups incl national orgs, #Francophonie, groups like @IIASAVienna @OECD @aaas @ESOF_eu
Regional chapters have a governance structure from that region, incl key academic leaders, policy leaders, students, and more ➑️ who develop work plan projects collaboratively. This drives #CapacityBuilding for #scienceadvice in these regions
#INGSA_NA18 #scipol
Key questions at #INGSA_NA18 ⬇️

What are the opportunities and challenges in North America for evidence-informed Policy that can help advance #SDGs?

How can leveraging intl @INGSciAdvice network help maximize opportunities & overcome challenges globally and in #NorthAmerica?
. @MarcSaner @uOttawa @ISSP_uOttawa presents the principles guiding @INGSciAdvice and challenges of #scienceadvice which make up the INGSA manifesto #INGSA_NA18
Ingredients at @INGSciAdvice
1. Identify the types of knowledge needed
2. Innovate responsibly
3. Be knowledge brokers
4. Build collective intelligence (large groups can be more intelligent than sum of their parts)
5. Strengthen science & art of #scienceadvice
6. Foster humility
First Q: what is intersection of #scienceadvice to sources outside govt? A: intent is to be inclusive, important to formulate the questions we seek to answer w/ all groups. All groups should have opportunity to add to the discussion and to @INGSciAdvice network
#INGSA_NA18
What are top 3 challenges and opportunities in your context of #scienceadvice? A question posed to diverse group at first panel of #INGSA_NA18 ⬇️
@ChiefSciCan @SciChefQC @MollyShoichet Abderrahmane Rida, ValΓ©rie Patreau (Rep @Val_Plante) @MarcSaner Jeff Reading Gordon McBean
#scienceadvice is not an exact science but is a team sport. Its ecosystem is critical in Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦, where we are still building it, with colleagues and partners like @RSCTheAcademies, @sciencepolicy, and @DSP_SPE. Challenges & opportunities are intertwined - @ChiefSciCan
Dr. Nemer hopes to be the first of many in the position of @ChiefSciCan, and looks to the role of science in the world ahead of @g7 #G7 and the role Canada can play in this global goal #INGSA_NA18
. @SciChefQC says trust is the key ➑️ in a #scienceadvice role, the scientists you represent must trust you, and the government / policymakers you work for/with must trust your advice, which often stems from the #evidence presented to you by these scientists #INGSA_NA18
. @MollyShoichet is thankful for advice on #scienceadvice from the community of advisors incl @ChiefSciCan & @SciChefQC we have in πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦. Key challenge is disparity btw trusting scientists and trusting #science. Need to build culture of science in govt & with public at large
... the scientific method should be used in #decisionmaking and in the development of #scienceadvice mechanisms ➑️ πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’― point by @MollyShoichet #INGSA_NA18
Jeff Reading @SPH_Iloilo discusses importance of bringing #science into #policy and its impact on #Reconciliation #INGSA_NA18 ➑ strategic funding has been used to foster the role of #indigenous people in the research into their own health, this needs to feed forward
Abderrahmne Rida, Vice-Dean of @auf_org adds that bridging the gap btw #science and #policy is required to take decisions that lead to social and economic benefit, we all need to work together on this #travaillonsensemble #scienceadvice #INGSA_NA18
Gordon McBean @ICSUnews discusses how @INGSciAdvice can address global challenges through #scienceadvice ➑️ it's complex and includes many players, but it is necessary to address these issues globally to have impact locally #INGSA_NA18
Borough councillor @ValPatreau came into #policy as a #scientist and represented @Val_Plante on this panel #INGSA_NA18 ➑ it is v difficult in day-to-day to link to #scienceadvice, not sure where to start esp if advice #knowledge #evidence is needed quickly
. @ValPatreau - public finance is also not unlimited, not all science can be funded and so it is in our interest to interact in #scipol & #scienceadvice to ensure that there is positive impact on all sides #INGSA_NA18 πŸ‘‰ + must break down silos, need multidisciplinarity
. @SciChefQC congratulates @ValPatreau to have run for office as a #scientist - the great majority of elected officials do their very best to represent the interests of their citizens, and given short time frame for #decisionmaking the integration of #evidence is admirable
. @MadameCosinus asks: how do we transform punctual opportunities and build #capacity for #scienceadvice moving fwd? G McBean @ICSUnews says scientists need to be encouraged to #scicomm and inform society, so that the public will support role of #science in #decisionmaking
. @ChiefSciCan mentions the value-added of #scientists engaging with the public #scicomm, that we need to connect the dots and inform not just on the science itself but also on why science is so important to society #INGSA_NA18
and it is SO important that we have more and more scientists, engineers, #NextGenCanScience everywhere and in every sector - @ChiefSciCan πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’― #INGSA_NA18
This is a long-term investment, #capacitybuilding occurs in the long term, says @SciChefQC. @MollyShoichet adds punctual #scienceadvice must be balanced w/ sage advice ➑ building a network of advisors is critical to provide informed advice in time for #decisionmaking #INGSA_NA18
Jeff Reading @SPH_Iloilo is chair in #peerreview at @CIHR_IRSC and stresses the quality of science that comes out of merging #community and #science ➑ by giving bridge funding on the condition of #scicomm and #participatoryscience has brought #knowledge to #action #INGSA_NA18
Abderrahmne Rida @auf_org adds that training of #NextGeneration in university must reflect the job market and research funding, we must adapt our training to these contexts... "ce sont des questions que l'on doit poser pour nos jeunes chercheurs"

Nous sommes πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’― d'accord πŸ™Œ
SPE Co-President @sung_vanessa asks: the 6th ingredient of fostering #humility is all about building trust w/ the public, #science is only one voice among many in their decisions and how they want #policy developed. How do we build capacity to address this?
.@ChiefSciCan says important to understand science advisors are not policymakers, and the responsibility cannot lie entirely on #scienceadvice. @SciChefQC adds, must remember distinction btw advocace and advice or we can lose credibility. @MollyShoichet adds, we are nonpartisan
... the responsibility may therefore lie more in the communication of the importance of #science and #evidence and make plain to #policymakers the consequences of different options presented in #scienceadvice in broader context of the decisions that must be made #INGSA_NA18
. @MehrdadHariri @sciencepolicy asks how we ensure #scienceadvice remains even under government changes - @SciChefQC & @ChiefSciCan both note we need to ensure these ecosystems are well supported and well appreciated by the public that are served by the government #INGSA_NA18
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... and a public which asks their representatives to value #evidence will be the strongest driver of long-term #scienceadvice mechanisms.

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