Washington, DC (June 26, 2023) – The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) are proud to announce the release of Volume 22, Issue 02, the journal’s second Special Topics Issue of 2023, on Development Policy and Global Change Science to Achieve the Vision of Sustainable Americas.
“We hope this special issue highlights the brand of inclusive and collaborative leadership being nurtured in Latin America and the Caribbean that will help articulate a vision of how our hemisphere can assume greater leadership in the international decision-making space and more forcefully articulate its priorities and needs. The recommendations and insights from the early-career authors published in this issue, as leaders and agents of change, should be shared with local, national and international organizations as positive examples of how to achieve a vision of a sustainable Americas,” said Marcos Regis Da Silva, Executive Director, Inter-American Institute for Global Change.
In the 7 published articles, authors in this special issue of JSPG highlight several themes that include science diplomacy, sustainability, ocean pollution, youth centered climate solutions, public policy for plastic pollution regulation, and stakeholder engagement in the measurement and best practices necessary to ensure a sustainable supply chain for lithium electric vehicle batteries.
Authors published in the Special Topics Issue will present in two hybrid panels during the Sustainability Research + Innovation 2023 conference in South Africa. On Monday, June 26, the panel will discuss how to foster dialogue on the mechanisms, barriers, and changes needed to strengthen youth voices from the Americas in global climate change fora and negotiations. On Friday, June 30, the panel will describe policy research published in this special issue, facilitate broader conversations around development policy and global change science, and build the next generation of policy leaders.
“As the science policy and diplomacy landscape is becoming increasingly international in a number of areas, including the climate and the environmental space, is it imperative to include a variety of perspectives from the next generation in decision-making towards ensuring a better future,” said Adriana Bankston, JSPG CEO & Managing Publisher. “JSPG is proud to partner with Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research on this special issue and to showcase early career views in developing policies to achieve the vision of sustainable Americas.”
This Special Issue is supported in-kind by outreach partners from the Belmont Forum and SRI Congress.
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) is an international, open access peer-reviewed publication managed by and for students, policy fellows, and young scholars in science, technology, and innovation policy. JSPG publishes high-quality articles covering the widest range of topics in formats that are accessible to policymakers. Since 2011, JSPG has served as a vehicle for students and early career researchers to bolster their research and writing credentials in science policy. Visit https://www.sciencepolicyjournal.org/ and follow on Twitter @SciPolJournal to learn more.
The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), an intergovernmental organization with 19 Parties in the Americas, promotes transdisciplinary research and the enhancement of capacities to improve public awareness and provide information to governments for the development of public policy relevant to global environmental change, based on scientific excellence, international and intersectoral cooperation, and the open exchange of knowledge. Visit https://www.iai.int/ and follow on Twitter @IAI_news to learn more.
About the Belmont Forum
Established in 2009, the Belmont Forum is a partnership of funding organizations, international science councils, and regional consortia committed to the advancement of transdisciplinary, societally relevant, research. Forum operations are guided by the Belmont Challenge, a vision document that encourages international transdisciplinary research providing knowledge for understanding, mitigating and adapting to global environmental change. Forum members and partner organizations work collaboratively to meet this Challenge by issuing international calls for proposals, committing to best practices for open data access, and providing transdisciplinary training. Since its establishment, the Forum has successfully led 19 calls for proposals, supporting 134 projects and more than 1,000 scientists and stakeholders, representing over 90 countries. Visit https://www.belmontforum.org/ and follow on Twitter @Belmont_Forum to learn more.
The Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress (SRI) is a transdisciplinary gathering in sustainability – a space of dynamic advocacy for sustainability scholarship, innovation, collaboration, and action. A collaboration of the Belmont Forum and Future Earth, SRI is a unique opportunity for diverse audiences to connect with the global sustainability community, learn and contribute to the latest sustainability science, create novel networks and partnerships, explore new ideas, gain visibility, inspire, and be inspired. SRI2023 will be co-hosted by the Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Inovación (SENACYT) and the IAI in Panama City, Panama. Visit sricongress.org and follow on Twitter @SRICongress to learn more.
JSPG and UCL STEaPP Launch 2022 Call for Papers and Competition on Innovations in science diplomacy: structures, policies & governance for the new decade
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JSPG and UCL STEaPP Launch 2022 Call for Papers and Competition on Innovations in Science Diplomacy: Structures, Policies & Governance for the New Decade
WASHINGTON, DC (November 29, 2021) - The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) and the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London (UCL) are pleased to launch a call for papers and competition focused on the latest policy developments and issues in science diplomacy, on Innovations in Science Diplomacy: Structures, Policies & Governance for the New Decade.
Students, postdocs, policy fellows, early career researchers and young professionals from around the world are invited to submit op-eds, policy memos, policy analyses and other articles addressing issues at the intersection of science and diplomacy. Submission deadline: April 17, 2022.
“As we reflect on the essential role that young people play in international science diplomacy, JSPG and UCL STEaPP are thrilled to launch this call for papers and competition facilitating substantial engagement of the next generation in shaping the future the field for a better global society in the next decade and beyond,” said Adriana Bankston, JSPG CEO and Managing Publisher.
Following submission review via the JSPG editorial review process, a competition review committee will select the top 3 publications. Authors of the top 3 articles will be invited to present at a dedicated science diplomacy event featuring science diplomacy representatives of different countries and international organizations in Fall 2022.
This Special Issue is supported in-kind by outreach partners from the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), the European Union Science Diplomacy Alliance and the Global Young Academy Incubator Group on Science Diplomacy in the Americas.
JSPG and UCL STEaPP will organize 2 webinars with expert perspectives on science diplomacy, and a policy writing workshop to help prospective authors improve their submissions to the issue. The events will be co-organized with and include participants from outreach partner organizations. Register for the events here.
"Many of the challenging global issues of our times are underpinned by STI, and require evidence-informed, multi-stakeholder and transdisciplinary approaches. UCL STEaPP and JSPG look forward to emerging scholars and young leaders’ fresh look and innovative ideas which are key to building better science diplomacy interfaces, governance structures and global policies,” said Joanna Chataway, Professor and Head of Department of Science Technology, Engineering & Public Policy, University College London.
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance is a nonprofit organization and open-access peer-reviewed publication managed by and for students, policy fellows and young scholars in science, technology and innovation policy. JSPG publishes high-quality articles covering the widest range of topics in formats that are accessible to policymakers. Since 2011, JSPG has served as a vehicle for students and early career researchers to bolster their research and writing credentials in science policy. Visit sciencepolicyjournal.org and follow on Twitter @SciPolJournal to learn more.
About UCL STEaPP
The Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) is part of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London. Its research encompasses several policy issues, including digital technology policy, urban and infrastructure policy, and energy and sustainability policy. It also focuses on science advice to governments, expertise in international organizations and science diplomacy. Its vision is to transform, through strong partnerships and communities, the relationship between science, technology, engineering, and public policy to ensure that new knowledge fully benefits society. Visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/steapp/ and follow @UCLSTEaPP on Twitter to learn more.
The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) is the leading global platform for policy exchange, capacity building, research and collaboration on the mechanisms and practices at the evidence-to-policy interface. Through workshops, conferences and a catalogue of tools and guidance, the network helps structure and strengthen these social, political and scientific interactions to improve the potential for evidence-informed policy formation at sub-national, national and transnational levels. Visit https://www.ingsa.org and follow @INGSciAdvice on Twitter to learn more.
About the European Union (EU) Science Diplomacy Alliance
The EU Science Diplomacy Alliance is a collaborative initiative launched in 2020 by a group of EU-funded science diplomacy projects to sustain and grow the networks, impact and momentum. The activities of the Alliance aim to further develop, maintain, and organise joint research projects, capacity building and training activities (such as open online courses, summer schools, trainings, etc.) on the topic of science diplomacy. Visit https://www.science-diplomacy.eu and follow @SciDipAlliance on Twitter to learn more.
About the GYA Incubator Group on Science Diplomacy in the Americas
Recognizing the gaps in scientific development and collaborations between North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Commonwealth countries, the Global Young Academy (GYA) Incubator Group on Science Diplomacy in the Americas aims to promote openness to scientific partnerships and to gain an understanding of current science diplomacy initiatives in the region. The Global Young Academy is an independent science academy of 200 outstanding early- to mid-career researchers from six continents who are selected from across disciplines based on their academic excellence and commitment to engage with society. The mission of the GYA is to provide a voice to early-career researchers across the globe. Visit https://globalyoungacademy.net/activities/science-diplomacy-in-the-americas/ and follow @GlobalYAcademy on Twitter to learn more.
JSPG and UN MGCY Highlight Joint Issue before United Nations Commission on Science & Technology for Development
JSPG CEO and UNMGCY member Shalin Jyotishi presented the issue and a brief testimony to share the views of early career scientists, engineers, and policy professionals on these topics during the 23rd Session of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) virtual meeting. CSTD is housed within the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). This opportunity provided an avenue to elevate the voices of the next generation before high-level foreign government leaders. The meeting was focused on i) harnessing rapid technological change for inclusive and sustainable development, and 2) exploring space technologies for sustainable development. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting also covered how international collaboration is needed to promote the use of science, technology, and innovation (STI) for tackling the pandemic and addressing its impact in an equitable way.
Washington, DC – The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG), is proud to announce the release of its Special Issue on the Impacts of Emerging Technologies on Inequality and Sustainability. This issue was produced in collaboration with the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY), the formal mechanism for children and youth to engage in the United Nations, including the implementation, follow-up, and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sustainable Development Goals are 17 interconnected goals for countries to achieve by 2030, aiming to address the issues of poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice to "achieve a better and more sustainable future for all."
In the fall of 2019, the JSPG and the UN MGCY teamed up to launch a joint call for submissions for a special topics issue around the "implications of emerging technologies on inequalities and sustainable development."
As a result, the new issue "spans a variety of topics and styles, touching on critical issues of technology access and implementation, looking at assistive technologies and sanitary technologies, to UN policies, such as coordination of international aid, to tackling new areas where policy is necessary, such as the need for stronger planetary protection policy," said JSPG Assistant Editor-in-Chief for Special Issues, Madeleine Jennewein. "The six articles with authors from five nations, represent a broad work of scholarship on diverse areas that are critical to tackling the UN's development goals."
In a statement for the issue, the Director of Division on Technology and Logistics for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Shamika N. Sirimanne said, "Rapid technological change could be transformative in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and several frontier technologies have shown great potential to help to achieve the SDGs. At the same time, frontier technologies could also have unintended consequences, potentially widening inequalities or creating new ones. In this regard, I welcome this initiative by JSPG and UNMGCY to engage young researchers to improve our understanding of multidimensional implications of emerging technologies."
Submissions to this special issue aim to inform discussions at the 2020 Commission on Science & Technology for Development, including the deliberations around the 2020 Technology and Innovation Report as well as the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology & Innovation on SDGs.
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) is a nonprofit organization and open-access, peer-reviewed publication managed by and for students, policy fellows, and scholars in science, technology, and innovation policy. Since 2011, JSPG has provided students and early career researchers a vehicle to bolster their research and writing credentials in science policy. Visit sciencepolicyjournal.org and follow @SciPolJournal on Twitter to learn more.
ABOUT UN MGCY
The UN Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) is the General Assembly-mandated official, formal, and self-organised space for children and youth to contribute to and engage in certain intergovernmental and allied policy processes at the UN since 1992. Our mission is to bridge children and youth and the UN system in order to ensure that their right to meaningful participation is realised. The UN MGCY, through its Youth Science-Policy Interface Platform, provides an open platform to engage young people from across the globe on topics related to science, technology, and innovation policy. Visit unmgcy.org and follow @UNMGCY on Twitter to learn more.
JSPG has expanded its efforts to expand engagement and collaboration with science policy and diplomacy organizations outside of the United States with the creation of two new staff positions.