The Right to Science | 7-8 October 2020

*This event has been rescheduled from April 2020 - we are pleased to proceed via Zoom*

We all have a human right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress (the Right to Science [RtS]). The right has its origins in Article 27 of the United Nation’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted in the wake of World War II. In 1966, the UN turned these commitments into binding obligations under international law. The implication is that, just as governments are expected to respect the rights to, say, freedom of speech and due process, so they must also adopt measures to respect and ensure the RtS. The existence of this right is important for researchers and society. It adds a legal and moral dimension to a range of fundamental issues, including scientific freedom, funding, and policy, as well as access to data, materials, and knowledge. Yet, despite its potential for furthering science and human rights causes, the RtS has not received the attention it deserves.

This transdisciplinary symposium, organised by gloknos in collaboration with our Advisory Board Member and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights Prof Helle Porsdam, will explore the RtS against the background of the 2017 UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Research.

The symposium is open to the public but spaces are limited, so please contact Samantha Peel to book your place.

Wednesday 7 October 2020

14:00 - 14:15 | Welcome Message

Helle Porsdam (Prof of Law and Humanities and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights, University of Copenhagen)

14:15 – 15:00 | Scientific Freedom as a Constitutive Element of the Right to Science
Sebastian Porsdam Mann (Oxford University, Faculties of Law and Philosophy)

15:00 – 15:45 | The Recommendation as an International Legal Instrument: Possibilities and Pitfalls
Yvonne Donders (Prof of International Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, University of Amsterdam)

15:45 – 16:15 | Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:00 | Understanding (and Misunderstanding) Technology
John Naughton (Emeritus Prof of the Public Understanding of Technology, Open University & Director of the Press Fellowship Programme, Wolfson College)

Thursday 8 October 2020

09:00 – 09:15 | Welcome Back
Helle Porsdam (Prof of Law and Humanities and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights, University of Copenhagen)

09:15 – 10:00 | Relevance of the UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers for Addressing Issues Concerning Research Integrity
Roberto Andorno (Associate Prof, Faculty of Law, University of Zurich)

10:00 – 10:30 | Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:15 | Intellectual Property, Scientific Research and Human Rights: An Imaginary Conflict?
Edward Cronan (Barrister, Hogarth Chambers, London)

11:15 – 12:00 | Science and Freedom as Human Rights
Aurora Plomer (Prof of Intellectual Property and Human Rights, University of Bristol Law School)

12:00 – 13:00 | Lunch

13:00 – 13:45 | Ethical Permissions and Scientific Progress: How to Find the Right Balance?
Matthias Mann (Prof and Director, Dept of Proteomics and Signal Transduction, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich & Prof and Director of the proteomics program at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research in Copenhagen)

13:45 – 14:30 | The Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers: Entailments and Ramifications for People with Disabilities
Valerie Bradley (President Emerita and Founder, Human Services Research Institute, Boston)

14:30 – 15:00 | Coffee Break

15:00 – 15:45 | Knowledge Stocks, Knowledge Flows, Normative Rules, and the Reality: UNESCO Recommendation on the Role of Science in National Policy and Decision Making, International Cooperation and Development
Stjepan Oreskovic (Prof of Public Health, University of Zagreb School of Medicine)

15:45 – 16:00 | Concluding Remarks

Roberto Andorno (Zurich); Valerie Bradley (Boston); Edward Cronan (Hogarth Chambers, London); Yvonne Donders (Amsterdam); Inanna Hamati-Ataya (Cambridge); Matthias Mann (Munich & Copenhagen); John Naughton (Cambridge); Stjepan Oreskovic (Zagreb); Aurora Plomer (Bristol) Helle Porsdam (Copenhagen); Sebastian Porsdam Mann (Oxford).


Image: The United Nations' Right to Science, by Otávio Roth.