Sustainability in the Digital Age participating in 4th International Conference on Science Advice to Governments

30 August - 9 September, 2021

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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), Éliane 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.

Illustration of material covered in the Biodiversity Pathways for Sustainability in Canada Workshop. There is a tree with roots as the main image along with a rock thrown into a pol of water and close-up illustration of stitching threads. Words include: "accountability," "tackling trade-offs,"move to a more biocentric world,"cross-cultural education, "missing tools to address impact," and "What are the practices in our everyday life that connect us to nature?"

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.

Join us at the 4th International Network for Government Science Advice INGSA2021.

Date: August 30 – September 9, 2021
Time: Different daily sessions
Platform: In-person and online