As policy experts gather in Auckland this week for the first global conference on science advice to governments, a Nature news feature explores advisers' experiences in three recent crises. Meanwhile, Nature and Scientific American bring together highlights of their rich archives on the relationships between scientists, policy-makers and the public.
In a series of nine weekly essays, experienced advisers on science policy, including to the US, UK and Swedish governments, reflect on the highs and lows of being at the intersection of science and society.
For the past 20 years, David Goldston has been at the heart of forging US science and environmental policy. His Nature column ran from 2007 to 2009 and provided a seasoned insider's take on the interaction between science and politics.