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2020 AAAS Science, Technology and Human Rights Conference: Speakers

Keynote: Thursday, October 22, 2020

Lesley Iaukea

Lesley Iaukea

Lesley Iaukea is a Kanaka Maoli Wahine that comes from the Island of Maui, Hawai‘i. She holds two Master’s degrees in Pacific Islands Studies and American Studies and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in her last semester at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa campus. Her focus is on Native Science through ancestral knowledge, relocation secondary to climate change, and marginalized communities. She is a member of Rising Voices Center for Indigenous and Earth Sciences at NCAR and works with other scientists and native community members for a collaborative approach in bringing together different perspectives/philosophies for solutions in climate change and dynamics to sustainability.

Keynote: Friday, October 23, 2020

Angela Saini

Angela Saini

Angela Saini is an award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster. She presents science programs on the BBC, and her writing has appeared in New Scientist, The Sunday Times, National Geographic and Wired. Her latest book, Superior: the Return of Race Science, was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and named a book of the year by The Telegraph, Nature and Financial Times. Her previous book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, has been translated into thirteen languages. Angela has a Masters in Engineering from the University of Oxford and was a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

List of Speakers

(Organized by surname)

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z


Fatima al-Halwachi, Daughter of imprisoned Bahraini engineer Khalil al-Halwachi


Ranu Basu, York University

Sigrid Bergenstein, Commonwealth Community Care Boston

R. Bhattacharyya, National Physical Laboratory, India

Ariel Bierbaum, Urban Studies and Planning, University of Maryland

Pamela Bjorkman, California Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology

Laura Bowering Mullen, Rutgers University 

Adam Braver, Roger Williams University

Lori Brown, American Chemical Society

David L. Brunsma, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Duncan A. Buell, University of South Carolina 

Jennifer Burris, Associates in Surgical Acute Care, Dallas,TX



Gisa Dang, Treatment Action Group

Venus Dillu, School of Basic Sciences and Research, Sharda University

Coline C. Dony, American Association of Geographers

Kevin Doxzen, PhD

Alison Dundes Renteln, University of Southern California


Kristina Eberbach, Columbia University

Rebecca Everly, Committee on Human Rights, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine


Emily Fekete, American Association of Geographers

Jerome Foster II, OneMillionOfUs


Judit Gárdos, HASF/ Centre for Social Sciences - HAS Centre of Excellence, Institute for Sociology

Julia Gelfand, University of California, Irvine

Brian K. Gran, Case Western Reserve University

Derek Griffith, Vanderbilt University

Heather M. Grossman, Clinical Research Scientist, Methodist Health System, Dallas, TX


Elana Haviv, Generation Human Rights

Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD

Louise Harding, BSc


Judy Illes, CM, PhD

Keri Iyall Smith, Suffolk University


Samah Jabr, Palestinian Ministry of Health


Ariza Karaketova, American University of Central Asia

Alex Karner, University of Texas

Harmeet Kaur, Science teacher for students with special needs

Junghwan Kim, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Abigail Kleiman, Student, Barnard College

Dhruva Kothari, Commonwealth Community Care


Bhagirath Kumar Lader, GAIL Ltd.

Jamal Lee, Commonwealth Community Care Boston

Emily Lewis O'Brien, VEIC

David Livert, Penn State University and SPSSI Representative at the United Nations 

Viktor Olivér Lőrincz, HASF/Centre for Social Sciences - Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) Centre of Excellence, Institute for Legal Studies

Tarek Loubani, University of Western Ontario and Lawson Health Research Institute

Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, University of Texas at Austin and Past President of the American Association of Geographers


Kimberly Mealy, American Political Science Association

Jonathan Moreno, University of Pennsylvania

Anne Murray, Medical Writer, Methodist Health System, Dallas, TX


Steve M. Newell, Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues, AAAS

Deb Niemeier, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland


Sharon O’Hara, DrPH, MPH, MS

Corann Okorodudu, Rowan University (Emerita) and SPSSI Representative at the United Nations


Matthew Palm, Research Fellow, Human Geography, University of Toronto Scarborough

Sudip Parikh, AAAS CEO and Executive Publisher of the Science family of journals, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Marco Perduca, Science for Democracy

László Péter, HASF/ Wigner Research Centre for Physics - HAS Centre of Excellence

Dorothy J. Phillips, American Chemical Society

Hema Pingali, Medical Student, Harvard Medical School, and Research Intern, Commonwealth Community Care

Ellen Platts, Student, University of Maryland

Rhiannan Price, DevGlobal Partners



Clare Robinson, Scholars at Risk

Brian Root, Human Rights Watch

Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, UCCHRE Executive Committee


Holly Sabo, Commonwealth Community Care

Rana Samara, Palestine Technical University at Kadoorie

Caroline Schuerger, Case Western Reserve University

Seema Shah, Northwestern University

Richard Sharp, Center for Equitable Policy in a Changing World

Natallia Sianko, Clemson University

Ravindra Kumar Sinha, Delhi Technological University

Matiangai Sirleaf, The University of Maryland School of Law

Wendy Skelton, Commonwealth Community Care

George Smith, University of Missouri, and 2018 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Morgan Steelman, Student, Princeton University

Valerie F. Strickland Hunt, Center for Equitable Policy in a Changing World


LaToya Thomas, Methodist Health System, Dallas, TX

Felisa Tibbitts, UCCHRE Executive Committee and the Human Rights Centre of Utrecht University (Netherlands)

Mehrgol Tiv, McGill University

Jeffrey Toney, Kean University




Sean Watkins Center for Equitable Policy in a Changing World

Augusta Wilson, Climate Science Legal Defense Fund

Robert Wingfield, Fisk University

Lea Witkowsky, PhD

Malwina Wójcik, University of Bologna

Jessica Wyndham, Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program, American Association for the Advancement of Science




Márton Zászkaliczky, Hungarian Academy Staff Forum (HASF)/Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church (Budapest)

Patrick W. Zimmerman, Center for Equitable Policy in a Changing World