New Zealand hosts first global Science Advice to Governments conference
Senior scientific figures from around the world met in Auckland this week to discuss best practices for future collaboration between countries. Hosted by Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the conference was attended by policy experts and advisors to a wide range of government bodies, including UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Mark Walport.
Writing on the Guardian’s Science Policy blog, Sir Mark notes that scientific issues, such as the high-profile Ebola outbreaks of recent weeks and the erupting Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland, increasingly transcend national boundaries and require concerted international action.
Stories such as these make 2014 an ideal time to be holding such a conference, giving science practitioners from 45 countries the chance to share their experiences of debating and informing governmental policy.
Sir Mark Walport’s full article can be read here