The Royal Society of Canada serves as the voice of Canadian scientists around the world and as such participates in the annual meeting now known as the “G Science” that precedes the G7/G8 meeting. I would like to provide a brief background on the origin of the G-science meetings. At the Gleneagles G8 summit in 2005, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair encouraged the National Science Academies of the G8 countries to assemble and draft statements that reflect the latest scientific knowledge related to key themes of the G8 political summit. The exercise has since been repeated each year since 2005. In 2010, the RSC hosted the National Science Academies prior to the G8 meetings in Muskoka.
This year, the “G Science” meeting is being hosted by the Science Council of Japan. The themes chosen by the Japanese government were brain science and mental health, disaster risk reduction, and science development for all. The G7 Academies will meet in February, at the headquarters of the Science Council of Japan to prepare final draft statements on these themes. The final statements are usually presented to the leadership and governments of the G7 countries.