Coalition Meeting: July 11-12, 2013

http://www.aaas.org/sites/default/files/content_files/Report_FINAL_0.pdf

This meeting of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition focused on Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which guarantees everyone the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications. Since the launch of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition in 2009, its core activities have focused on engaging scientists and engineers in an international process to define this right and create opportunities to integrate the right into the activities of scientists, engineers and their professional organizations. The aim of this meeting was to enrich the Coalition’s contributions to ongoing discussions about the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress in regional human rights bodies and at the United Nations by exploring challenging conceptual questions about the meaning of the right and its application in practice.

Opening Plenary: Contributions of Scientists and Engineers to Defining Article 15 [listen to the presentation]

Speakers:

  • Margaret Vitullo, American Sociological Association [view presentation]
  • Jessica Wyndham, Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program, AAAS [view presentation]

Plenary: International Scientific Cooperation and Article 15 [listen to the presentation]

Speakers:

  • E. William Colglazier, U.S. Department of State
  • Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
  • Herman Winick, Stanford University Department of Applied Physics

Moderator: Sharon H. Hrynkow, Global Virus Network

Workshop: Science and Engineering Societies Influencing the United Nations

Speakers:

  • Roseanne L. Flores, NGO Representative of the American Psychological Association at ECOSOC
  • Sally Leverty, American Psychological Association
  • Corann Okorodudu, NGO Representative of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues at the United Nations

Moderator: Theresa Harris, Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program, AAAS

Workshop: R&D Budget Analysis for Article 15

Speakers

  • Ann Blyberg, Independent Consultant
  • Matt Hourihan, R&D Budget and Policy Program, AAAS
  • Jessica Wyndham, Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program, AAAS

Plenary: "Conserving, Developing and Diffusing Science:" Article 15 and Open Access [listen to the presentation]

Speakers:

  • Molly Land, University of Connecticut
  • Alan Leshner, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Felice Levine, American Educational Research Association

Moderator: Kevin Finneran, National Academy of Sciences

Closing Remarks

Closing thoughts and observations by Stephen P. Marks, Harvard Shool of Public Health [listen to the presentation]

Meeting Sponsors

The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition thanks following organizations for their support of this meeting.

  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Statistical Association
  • Kean University
  • National Center for Science and Civic Engagement