GSL Presents at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

June 10, 2019
Gates Foundation

On Monday June 10, members of the Global Strategy Lab presented a learning lunch session on scientific advisory committees at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) in Seattle, Washington.

Based on the findings of the special 12-article special issue in Global Challenges published last year, GSL Director Steven Hoffman, Research Fellow Prativa Baral, and Faculty Associate Unni Gopinathan presented on how scientific advisory committees can be most efficient in large organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Specifically, the GSL team discussed which factors and trade-offs are to be considered when designing scientific advisory committees, followed by a high-level overview of key findings from the special issue and lessons to be learned on how processes surrounding advisory committees can be improved while ensuring that the scientific advice solicited is of high quality.

The team also had the opportunity to meet various program teams within the BMGF for further discussions on setting up or optimizing existing scientific advisory committees along with in-depth discussions on a number of topic areas including antimicrobial resistance, tobacco control, and data for impact evaluation.