I'm not a big fan of panels at conferences. I usually find them boring, and I've had some bad experiences in the past. My feeling is that being a "good" panelist (i.e. playing the game), requires rather more ego than I like to display in public.
But having agreed, I've put together an opening statement as requested by the organizers, and now I'm asking myself, how do we leverage emerging technologies to open up academic work to policymakers?