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AAAS Science, Technology and Human Rights Conference 2020: Students and Early Career Professionals

Student E-Poster Sessions

The Student E-Poster Session during this conference is an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level students to share their original research at the intersection of science, technology and human rights.

Acknowledging the 2020 Student Essay Winners

The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition has announced three students as the winners of its annual essay contest.

Graduate Winner

The Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine: Is It Time for a Human Rights Approach to Scientific Development?

Malwina Wójcik, University of Bologna

Undergraduate Winner

Genetic Surveillance of Uighurs in Xinjiang: Ethnicity, Sovereignty, Crime, and Human Rights

Morgan Steelman, Princeton University

Honorable Mention

Rectifying the Lack of Protection for Environmental Refugees in International Law: The Escalating Reality of the Climate Crisis

Abigail Kleiman, Barnard College


  1. Defining the Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress and Its Applications (2013)

  2. Giving Meaning to the Right to Science: A Global and Multidisciplinary Approach (2017)

  3. Science and Human Rights Campus Event Toolkit

  4. Science and Human Rights Webinars

  5. Science, Engineering and Human Rights: A Select Annotated Bibliography

Relevant Conference Sessions: Day 1

How to Ensure Participation of the Differently-Abled in Natural Sciences Education and Research

11:00 AM ET | Concurrent Session 1 of 4

Differently-abled students and professionals constitute a significant proportion of people engaged in natural sciences education and research. It is difficult for the differently-abled persons to fully participate in school and college science laboratory experiments and use advanced research facilities and laboratory equipment. This workshop aims to highlight and address these challenges faced by differently-abled students, scholars and researchers and address the timely need for the differently-abled population in specific areas of concern.

R. Bhattacharyya, National Physical Laboratory, India
Venus Dillu, Sharda University
Harmeet Kaur, Science Teacher for students with special needs
Bhagirath Kumar Lader, GAIL (India) Ltd.

Ravindra Kumar Sinha, Delhi Technological University, India

Student Advocacy for Imprisoned Scientists

11:00 AM ET | Concurrent Session 3 of 4

Fatima al-Halwachi, Daughter of imprisoned Bahraini engineer Khalil al-Halwachi
Adam Braver, Roger Williams University
Ariza Karaketova, American University of Central Asia
Clare Robinson, Scholars at Risk

Ask Me Anything: The Youth Movement for Climate Justice

5:00 PM ET | Concurrent Session 1 of 3

Jerome Foster II, OneMillionOfUs

Ask Me Anything: Career Pathways for Scientific Researchers at Human Rights NGOs

5:00 PM ET | Concurrent Session 2 of 3

Brian Root, Human Rights Watch

Ask Me Anything: Career Pathways in Human Rights and Humanitarian Response in the Private Sector

5:00 PM ET | Concurrent Session 3 of 3

Rhiannan Price, DevGlobal Partners

Student Meet Up

7:00 PM ET | Virtual Networking

Ellen Platts, University of Maryland
Caroline Schuerger, Case Western Reserve University
Mehrgol Tiv, McGill University

Relevant Conference Sessions: Day 2

Ask Me Anything: Engaging University Administration in Bringing Human Rights to Campus

2:30 PM ET | Concurrent Session 3 of 5

Jeffrey H. Toney, Kean University

Ask Me Anything: Engaging Students in Human Rights Projects as Part of STEM Curricula

2:30 PM ET | Concurrent Session 4 of 5

Natallia Sianko, Clemson University