Future Earth Young Scientists Networking Conference Kicks Off!


It is becoming more apparent that science is being called on to take a central place in the ways our society develops. From jobs and growth to investment and competitiveness; research, science and innovation shapes the world we live in. Paramount to this is scientific advice and the role of scientists in providing evidence. The Sustainable Development Goals represent an important role for science in setting up an effective review process for implementation of such goals.

During the coming week 32 excellent early career researchers from across the globe will meet in Villa Vigoni together with a select group of senior experts to deliberate on the role of science in our society.

The third in the series of Future Earth Networking Conferences on Integrated Science, the conference will take a broad multidisciplinary approach to the topic including aspects of science advice, research evidence, the Sustainable Development Goals, and communicating science. Integrated sciences brings together early career researchers from diverse backgrounds and a variety of research expertises — consolidating evidence and insights from different disciplines and approaches.

Convener of the conference, James Wilsdon, Professor of Science & Democracy (SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex says: “Science advice to policy has never been in greater demand, both at a national level and on the big issues of climate change and sustainability that are so high on the international agenda in 2015. I’m delighted to be convening this meeting of early career researchers, drawn from across the natural and social sciences, and from 23 countries. By bringing together tomorrow’s scientific leaders to explore the interface between evidence, policy and sustainability, I hope this meeting can make a small but significant contribution to initiatives such as Future Earth, and to building a more policy-engaged, reflective and interdisciplinary research community.”

An important innovative aspect of Future Earth is the involvement of various stakeholders in the design, carrying out, implementation, and communication of research. This year’s conference is an example of how different branches of the sciences come together to produce knowledge, and how that can and should involve young scientists.

You can follow along with the conference:

#VillaVigoni2015 // Twitter List of Participants  // Live Doc

The live online document that will serve to capture the discussions and important themes that emerge, and we invite anyone with an interest to add to the document and post questions for those at the conference.

The conference also serves as a further step in the starting legacy of the first global conference on science advice to governments held in Auckland New Zealand last August, where the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) was formed. As a forum for policy makers, practitioners, 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.