OECD Global Science Forum (GSF)

In the area of international scientific co-operation, the Global Science Forum (GSF) provides a venue for consultations among senior science policy officials of OECD member countries. It produces findings and action recommendations on high-priority science policy issues requiring international consultations/co-operation, and identifies opportunities for collaboration on major scientific undertakings.

The GSF is concerned mainly with the health of the science base that underpins systems of science, technology and innovation. This includes coverage of activities and policies relating to both academic and private sector research actors and to the infrastructures and human and financial resources associated with them. It covers both basic and applied research across all disciplines, with a particular focus on interdisciplinary research. The interface between science and policy and science and society are important areas of interest.

The main target group for the outcomes of GSF-projects are science policy-makers. GSF plays a bridging role between the research community and the science policy community. All GSF activities should contribute to the development of better science policy. In this regard, the Forum is uniquely positioned to facilitate exchange of information and best practices, propose global standards and foster collaboration between OECD member and partner countries.

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GSF Strategic Directions

Science, technology and innovation (STI) policy is a critical area of focus for the OECD’s overall mission of ‘promoting better policies for better lives’. The OECD Global Science Forum Strategic Directions 2015-2019 provides a brief introduction to the OECD Global Science Forum, including its main strategic directions and processes for the period 2015-2019. As such, it is a simple reference document for those involved directly with the Forum and its activities, either as national representatives or partners. It should also be a useful introduction to the Forum for all those who are interested in its science policy activities.

This booklet expands upon the formally approved GSF mandate, 2015-2019 and incorporates the formal Programme of Work and Budget (PWB), 2015-2016.  It complements but does not replace these official documents and it communicates their main content in a way that is perhaps more accessible to those who are not familiar with OECD’s internal processes and structures.

Recent News

This report sets out some basic rules that underpin an ethical approach to research using new forms of data for social and economic research. These rules and the interpretation that we place on them give rise to a set of recommendations designed to provide a framework for the ethical governance of research using such data.


This report has been compiled by members of the Astroparticle Physics International Forum (APIF). It is a final report to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Global Science Forum (GSF), which established APIF in 2011. The report serves a standard accountability function and aims primarily to illustrate the value of APIF in the period up to the end of 2016, during which it has been convened under the aegis of OECD-GSF, and to support the case for its continuation, as an independent structure, beyond 2016.

Scientific Advice for Policy Making

Posted by on September 11, 2015

Scientific Advice for Policy Making: The Role and Responsibility of Expert Bodies and Individual Scientists      

Governments would benefit from agreeing common principles for developing and communicating scientific advice, both in crisis situations and for long-term policymaking, according to a new OECD report. In light of recent controversies around science advice, the report proposes a checklist for countries to follow to ensure science advisory processes are effective and trustworthy. Read the more detailed information and full press release

Exective Summary in: French / Japanese


Posted by on September 11, 2015
New international research collaboration on sustainable temperate agriculture
A very significant proportion of global agricultural production originates from “temperate” (non-tropical) countries, and this proportion may increase with climate change. The development of sustainable agriculture processes requires the development of new policies and management strategies. A new internationally-coordinated network mechanism could respond to emerging challenges. In addition, it could facilitate the development of internationally-accepted, common methods. Read the more detailed information.