Current Projects and Activities

AAAS Human Rights Action Network

The Program calls attention to human rights abuses involving scientists and scientific communities through the circulation of Action Alerts issued by professional associations on behalf of their colleagues or by human rights organizations.

AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition

The Coalition is a network of scientific and engineering membership organizations that recognize a role for scientists and engineers in human rights. The Coalition was launched in January 2009.

Advocacy in Science

With a grant from the National Science Foundation, AAAS convened an invitational workshop that explored issues related to advocacy in science. Among those issues discussed were the definition and boundaries of advocacy as it might be applied to scientists in the policy arena, the normative aspects of such advocacy and any existing guidelines, and the need for education on advocacy for scientists and students.

Article 15

As a program devoted to mobilizing science and scientists to advance human rights, the Program is committed to promoting Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and engaging scientists in that effort.

China and Research Integrity

AAAS and the China Association for Science & Technology (CAST) are engaged in dialogue on the ethical and social responsibilities of scientists and engineers. In addition to four meetings convened so far, there are plans for joint projects and other collaborative activities. 

Court Appointed Scientific Experts (CASE)

CASE is a service that assists federal and state judges, administrative law judges and arbitrators in identifying highly qualified scientists, engineers, and healthcare professionals to serve as scientific and technical experts.

Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights

This project focuses on the applications of geospatial technologies to human rights issues and determines how these technologies can used by human rights organizations, courts, and commissions. 

Judicial Seminars on Emerging Issues in Neuroscience

AAAS and its collaborators have convened seminars to inform judges of the issues they may encounter in light of new developments in neuroscience. Selected federal, state, and administrative law judges have heard leading neuroscientists reflect on such topics as the neuroscience of pain, violence and the brain, memory and lie detection, states of consciousness, and others.

Neuroscience and Society Series

The series is a partnership between the Dana Foundation and  AAAS. The series was launched in 2012 and continued in 2013.

On-Call Scientists

On-call Scientists connects scientists interested in volunteering their skills and knowledge with human rights organizations that are in need of scientific expertise.

Social Networking and Online Health Communities: Identifying and Describing Patient-Generated Registries

With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), this new project will look at how patient-generated health registries are being used in medical research.

Workshop on Responsible Professional Practices in a Changing Research Environment

In conjunction with its Annual Meeting, AAAS convenes a one-day workshop on Responsible Professional Practices in a Changing Research Environment.  The workshops have been supported with funding from the 3M corporation, ORI, and NSF.

Past Projects: A list of the Program’s past projects and activities is available here.