Each ISGP conference includes presentations, dialogues, critical debates, and caucuses on science and technology topics identified by governmental and societal leaders as having high priority in informing, formulating, and/or implementing both current and future policies.
ISGP’s conference format generally encourages candid debates and constructive caucus discussions in order to identify evidence based options and real world opportunities. ISGP conferences often focus on identifying areas of consensus and actionable next steps. Many ISGP conferences are convened in a not-for-attribution (Chatham House Rule) environment.
The ISGP espouses no opinions or views on any of the issues addressed at its conferences. The ISGP takes no advocacy positions. The papers, views, areas of consensus, and actionable next steps emerging from ISGP conferences are those of the participants.
Emerging Persistent and Infectious Diseases (EPID): This topic has become a focal point on the international stage for numerous critical issues affecting public health.
Food Safety, Security, and Defense (FSSD): These conferences focus on factors affecting the food chain, such as environmental changes, resources, technologies and innovations.
ISGP Climate Change Arctic Program (ICCAP): ICCAP conferences help communities view locally changing climate (e.g., drought, rising seas, severe storms, warming freshwater) through the lens of global changes, and work toward consensus on practical steps to mitigate and adapt to local conditions.
ISGP Academic Partnerships (IAP): Directed toward college students and incorporated as part of a semester-long class, these conferences focus on emerging science and technology issues with both personal and global relevance, such as food safety and emerging diseases.
Science and Governance: Aimed at legislative bodies, these conferences foster consensus on emerging scientific topics such as genomics.
Synthetic Biology / 21st Century Borders: Advances in synthetic biology have led to complicated policy questions.