The fourth conference of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA2021) kicks off in Montreal this week with hybrid online and in-person events until September 9th. 

On conference Day 4 – dedicated to Francophone Science expertise and action – Executive Director of Sustainability in the Digital Age (SDA), Eliane Ubalijoro will be participating in a panel on sustainable development, climate change and biodiversity. She was also invited to contribute her perspective on this topic in an exciting compendium of expert viewpoints.  

In her viewpoint article, Dr. Ubalijoro outlines findings from a project exploring Biodiversity Pathways for Sustainability, conducted by Future Earth’s Canada Hub and SDA, with support from an expert advisory

Group and with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The project was a stock-take of progress around biodiversity governance in Canada over the past decade, and sought forward-looking avenues to biodiversity conservation and policy for the next ten years. 

This work complements the INGSA2021 conference theme which is: Build Back Wiser: Knowledge, Policy and Publics in Dialogue. With over 2000 registrants, the conference will bring together political representatives, diplomats and government science advisors to focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the role of cities and municipalities in the appropriation and implementation of evidence and research, the importance of open science and access to data, and the relationship of trust between decision-makers, scientists and the general public. 

As noted by, Chief Scientist of Quebec, Rémi Quirion, who is also an SDA Board Member and incoming President of INGSA,  “For those of us who believe wholeheartedly in evidence and the integrity of science, the past 18 months have been challenging. Information, correct and incorrect, can spread like a virus. The importance of open science and access to data to inform our UN sustainable development goals discussions or domestically as we strengthen the role of cities and municipalities, has never been more critical. I have no doubt that this transparent and honest platform led from Montréal will act as a carrier-wave for greater engagement.”

Registration for INGSA2021 is still open (details here) and you can follow the conversation on Twitter at #INGSA2021