The Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program addresses ethical, legal and human rights issues related to the conduct and application of science and technology. The Program is committed to promoting high standards for the practice of science and engineering; advancing the human right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications; engaging scientists, engineers and their professional associations in human rights efforts; monitoring and enhancing assessment of emerging ethical, legal, and human rights issues related to science and technology; furthering the use of science and technology in support of human rights; and initiating activities to address the impact of developments at the intersection of science, technology, and law.

Advisory Committees

The Program is advised by two standing Committees appointed by AAAS. The Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility was established in 1976 by AAAS and advises on issues related to human rights, freedom of scientific inquiry, and the professional responsibilities of scientists and engineers. The National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists was established in 1974 and is a joint committee of AAAS and the American Bar Association's Section of Science and Technology Law.


Visiting Scholars

AAAS is pleased to announce its new Visiting Scholar Program. This program provides a unique opportunity for scientists, policy specialists, and other experts to further their scholarly endeavors for up to one year at AAAS headquarters in Washington, DC. Through a competitive selection process, AAAS seeks to host the best talent in the field, which will enrich the Visiting Scholar’s own work and the ability of AAAS to fulfill its mission. 

For more information, click here. For the opportunity to apply to be a Visiting Scholar with the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program, please contact Jessica Wyndham. You can also visit the Visiting Scholar FAQ page.