A five-year-long, bottom-up initiative scrutinising the way in which we 'make policy' and allow scientific evidence and stakeholder opinion to influence it ends in Manchester in the margins of ESOF 2016. Involving over 250 groups and networks worldwide, the outcome is a draft text proposing 20 principles that will be finalised in time for the launch of a Brussels Declaration on 28th September, 2016 (see annex). This text then forms an important blueprint for the recently formed International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA) to work from, as it engages more broadly during four consultation events held on four continents. The final step will be the announcement of Universal Ethics & Principles during the World Science Forum being held in Jordan in 2017.
Defining the science of science-policy-making via a multi-stakeholder, global approach
Initiated in 2012 by Aidan Gilligan, founder of SciCom – Making Sense of Science, and hosted for the first four High-Level Consultation Events (2012 – 2015) by the South African Mission to the EU, this initiative gets its legitimacy from being purposely independent, bottom-up and inclusive. It is driven by the simple desire to shed new light on how science may or may not speak to politics, policy and power because it has evidence. The common goal is to help all stakeholders better address the practice, ethics and liability issues surrounding what we coined in 2012 as 'evidence-based policy-making versus policy-biased evidence-making'.
Six Chairpersons helped coordinate these meetings, namely, Dame Anne Glover, then Chief Science Adviser to President Barroso; Professor Patrick Cunningham, then CSA to the Government of Ireland; Dr. Wilson Compton M.D., Deputy-Director, U.S. National Institutes of Health, Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA); Dr. Mary Baker, Past-President of the European Brain Council; Professor Julian Kinderlerer, Past-President of the European Group on Ethics in Science & New Technologies (EGE), reporting to Presidents Barroso & Junker; and Professor Michel Kazatchkine M.D., Special Health Envoy to U.N. Secretary General Ban-ki Moon, Member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and former Executive Director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.