Science Advice

Science Policy Advice – Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

How do we maintain a trusted scientist-to-public relationship for advising on public policy?

12:00 – 13:30 UTC, 02 June 2021


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This session will explore the benefits of building bridges of trust between science and policy with a view to managing health risks such as COVID-19. Speakers will shed light on successful health policy systems and their contribution to solving public health problems, as well as cover examples of science advice mechanisms and challenges in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the session will discuss the role of early and mid-career researchers in the science-policy interface and where training is needed.

This panel is being organized in collaboration with the GYA Science Advice and Global Health Working Groups.


Emilie Karafillakis, European research lead at the Vaccine Confidence Project, UK.

Gagandeep Kang, Professor, Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.

Justine Germo Nzweundji, Researcher, Institute of Medical Research and Medicinal Plants Studies, Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation, Camaroon.

Alma Hernández-Mondragón, Steering Committee member, Latin American Chapter of the International Network of Government Scientific Advice (INGSA), GYA member, Mexico.


Mai Tolba, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ain Shams University and School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, Egypt.

Luciana Balboa, Associate Researcher in Infectious Diseases, Institute of Experimental Medicine (Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council – National Academy of Medicine), Buenos Aires, Argentina.