The Global Evidence Summit is an inter-sectoral and multi-disciplinary event exchanging ideas about how we best generate, summarize and communicate evidence to inform and change policy and practice worldwide.
The five plenary sessions will feature regional and international speakers addressing key issues that will highlight and promote evidence-based approaches to target resources to what works. We anticipate input from a multitude of perspectives including education, social and criminal justice, environment, gender health, health systems and clinical care and practice.
Following each plenary, there will be a number of special sessions that match the plenary theme. These sessions will continue discussions and the exchange of ideas. Further information about the special sessions will be published in May.
Wednesday 13 September, 9-10.30am
Patrick Mbah Okwen:
The objectives of this plenary are to understand how the African continent deals with evidence from policy to practice, through examples and overview of networks and activities.
Thursday 14 September, 9-10.30am
This plenary will set out to understand how explicit links between actors are needed - and now possible - to close the loop between new evidence and improved care, through a culture for sharing evidence combined with advances in methods and technology/platforms for digitally structured data.
Friday 15 September, 9-10.30am
This plenary explores how evidence generated through international collaboration and innovations can solve emergent global crises and what is needed to prepare for future epidemics, using Ebola as an example.
Saturday 16 September, 9-10.30am
Anim van Wyk:
The ‘post-truth world’ has been defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” (Oxford English Dictionary, 2016). The rise of ‘post-truth’ requires us to go beyond the question of how robust the evidence is and how persuasive it is. Notwithstanding the need for robust evidence, what else can scientists do (and with whom do we need to collaborate) to engage and influence public, press and politicians at a time when our own credibility in their eyes is low and falling? This session will include an academic overview of argumentation theories that have drawn and built on Aristotle’s early work, as well as presentations from a science journalist working in controversial fields and a social media analyst who studies the spread of news (real and ‘fake’).
Saturday 16 September, 4-5.30pm
This plenary describes how evidence plays a role in achieving a more equitable world.
Further information and details about the special sessions coming soon.