This report looks at how scientific advice can best support crisis management during
transnational crises, such as those provoked by natural hazards or pandemics. Scientific
advice has an important role to play in all phases of the crisis management cycle
- preparedness, response and recovery. It can be particularly valuable during the
sense-making period when a crisis occurs and develops. However, this value is dependent
on the quality and timeliness of the advice and most importantly its relevance to
the decisions that crisis managers and policy-makers have to make during a crisis.
Generating rigorous scientific advice requires access to relevant data, information
and expertise, across scientific disciplines and across borders. Ensuring this advice
is useful requires effective connections between scientific advisory processes and
crisis management mechanisms, including at the international level.