International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA)

Policy experts gather in Tokyo to discuss science advice in a changing world

Immediate Release 12 Oct 2018 Tokyo, Japan – With climate change and natural disasters devastating the lives of many, society is increasingly turning to science for a solution. As such, the demand and appreciation for evidence-informed policy is becoming stronger than ever. The International Network for Government Science Advice’s (INGSA) 2018 conference brings together some 300 policy experts, government science advisors, and policy officers to discuss the evolving role of evidence-based policy advice for a sustainable future. “In Japan, major discussions are underway to realize the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” says Akihiko Tanaka, President of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), which co-hosts the conference. “The issues that the SDGs address impact economic development, security, the environment, overpopulation, inequality, and technological progress. This conference takes forward important conversations that enhance the worldwide impact of science advice.” This year, INGSA welcomes the following speakers to the keynote session. ・Helen Clark, former Administrator of UNDP and former Prime Minister of New Zealand ・Vladimír Šucha, Director-General of the European Commission Joint Research Centre ・Eugene Mutimura, Minister of Education for the Government of Rwanda ・Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec The keynote speakers discuss their experiences and insights on science advice in a transforming technological / societal landscape. Conference details: Date: Tuesday, November 6th – Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 Venue: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) – Roppongi, Tokyo Language: English Topics covered include: ・Science advice in an era of technological and societal transformation: human well-being in the digital age, managing new technology, big data and policy guidance ・Science advice and SDGs: the role of the humanities and social science, mapping policy challenges, the role of the private sector ・The future of science advice: building trust, skills development, influence on public policy ・Case studies of science advice: addressing disasters, urban sustainability, science diplomacy ### For more information about the conference, please visit and follow the conference on Twitter: #INGSA2018 For press enquiries, please contact Noel Kikuchi at n- [email protected]. GRIPS is an internal policy research center which provides interdisciplinary Masters and PhD programs for future leaders in the public sector. GRIPS boasts a strong alumni network, with many taking high-ranking positions in public policy making. For more information please see: The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) is a collaborative platform for policy makers, practitioners, national academies, and academics to share experience, build capacity and develop theoretical and practical approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government. INGSA is an open access network that is free to join. For more information, please see: