Dr. Ali Arab, representative to the Coalition for the American Statistical Association
- Jessica Wyndham, AAAS
- Margaret Weigers Vitullo, American Sociological Association
- Summary of Session
- The format of this session included interactive components where the audience used Mentimeter to respond/react to certain questions and comments (which was an interesting activity!) followed by a report on preliminary results of a survey of members of national scientific academies on the right to science.
- Highlights of Focus Groups
- Health was considered as the top choice among topics related to benefits of right to science.
- Access to science was considered as an important factor (funding, education, access to information and communication technologies).
- Funding and education were ranked highest among top 5 government actions to support the right to science.
- Right to Science Survey:
- Jessica discussed that the Coalition has been using the right to science to bridge science and human rights communities. The impetus for the survey was based in a question about the potential role of national academies in realizing the right to science.
- Right to science is little known (slightly more than 50% were unfamiliar with it) and perceived by many as the core to the academies' mission.
- Government relations is a key concern.
- Partners and collaborations are essential.
- Right to science is little known
- Some possible next steps forward, generated collaboratively between audience and presenters, include:
- Education on science and human rights.
- Engaging scientific communities and human rights groups in incubator spaces to generate collaborations organically.
- Establishing a value system for work in these spaces (merit reviews, tenure reviews, etc.) within science communities and academia.
- Work with human rights organizations to establish value in collaboration with scientists.
- Right to Science