Building capacity for providing science advice requires simultaneously building capacity for doing science. Local context and understanding matter. In parallel to giving science advice, we need to continue to build capacity to do science.
The credibility and weight of the organizations in which individual scientists work and engage with a broader community is important. Organizations need to come together into research networks that accelerate the production of knowledge.
The ability of researchers to communicate science is critical.
The ability to provide effective science advice to governments needs to operate within an effective science and innovation system. Building individual and organizational scientific capacity is insufficient if the overall system, the key players, and the linkages between them are weak.