Science advisors need to work closely with policymakers. But how can they really remain independent and true to the values of science when they must operate in a politically and socially complex world?
Professor Mark Ferguson was the Chief Science Advisor of Ireland and Director General of Science Foundation Ireland from 2012 until his retirement in 2021.
Professor Mona Nemer is the Chief Science Advisor of Canada. She was formerly Professor and Vice-President of Research at the University of Ottawa and Director of the school’s Molecular Genetics and Cardiac Regeneration Laboratory. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from McGill University and did post-doctoral training in molecular biology at the Institut de Recherche Clinique de Montréal and Columbia University.
Professor Tarmo Soomere is a mathematician, marine scientist and physicist who has been Chair of the European Science Advisors’ Forum since 2020. He is also president of the Estonian Academy of Sciences.