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Eumans2020: how citizens can change Europe

Eumans2020: how citizens can change Europe

11, 12, 13 December 2019 – Bruxelles

Science for Democracy is the co-promoter of “Eumans2020: how citizens can change Europe”, a 3-day long series of events and seminar discussion which will be held in Bruxelles on the 12 and 13 of December.

We will discuss what EU citizens can actually do to face the growing democratic deficit that is characterizing our Union as much as it is also complicating life all over the world for millions of people.

We will discuss issues including global warming, the Rule of Law, genome editing, and, more generally how to activate our citizen rights in a continent that should be a beacon of freedom and democracy but that continues to lag behind in the full enjoy fundamental freedoms – and not only in Poland and Hungary.

The event is co-promoted by Science for Democracy, the Associazione Luca Coscioni, Eumans and ECIT. Should your organization be listed as a partner please let us know and send the logo we can use to promote the event.

Program:

11th of December – 6.00 PM – Book Launch Farnesina Radicale 

Marco Perduca, International Coordinator Science for Democracy in conversation with Federica Sabbati and Marco Cappato.  c/o La Piola Libri – Rue Franklin 66/68, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgio

12th and 13th of December – Eumans2020: how citizens can change Europe

c/o European Economic and Social Committee Rue Belliard 99-101, 1000 Bruxelles Full program and registration https://eumans.eu/eumans2020

Symposium “Advancing knowledge-led development through the right to science in Africa”

Symposium “Advancing knowledge-led development through the right to science in Africa”

Symposium about Right to Science at Addis Ababa University

On 11th November 2019, the Associazione Luca Coscioni, Science for Democracy, Addis Ababa University and Turin University organized the symposium Advancing knowledge-led development through the right to science in Africa.

The symposium took place at Addis Ababa University. It represented a first thematic meeting in preparation of the 6th World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research, scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa from 26 to 27 February 2020. The Congress is co-sponsored by the Commission of the African Union in the person of Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor, Commissioner for Science and Technology.

HERE the Full programme

Presentations:

Rule of law in Hungary: a European citizens action is needed?

Rule of law in Hungary: a European citizens action is needed?

Saturday 23rd of November at 6.30 PM in Budapest, Hungary (Kávézó Mozsár, Nagymezo u. 21). A meeting with Marco Perduca, a Senator in Italy from 2008 to 2013, Coordinator of Science for Democracy.

The goal of the gathering is to share perspectives on the current state of the rule of law in Hungary and its dependencies in the geo-political framework of the European Union and to define together possible lines of actions around the need for stronger monitoring of the rule of law in the EU.

There will also be an opportunity to present the European Citizens Initiative for the respect of the rule of law in the European Union both as a direct democracy instrument to connect Hungarian citizens with other EU citizens, as well as an instrument that can be leveraged by the opposition movements to put their struggle in the perspective and under the attention of EU movements and institutions.

The European Citizens Initiative https://formyrights.eu

When: Saturday 23rd of November at 6.30 PM

Where: Kávézó Mozsár, Nagymezo u. 21, 1065 – Budapest

 

Scientific Research necessary for precision breeding for sustainable agriculture

Scientific Research necessary for precision breeding for sustainable agriculture

On 24 October, Science for Democracy Leading has endorsed a position paper that calls upon European policy makers to safeguard innovation in plant science and agriculture. The document is signed by scientists representing more than 85 European plant and life sciences research centers. Science for Democracy shares the concerns about a decision of the European Court of Justice on modern genome editing techniques that could lead to a de facto ban of innovative crop breeding.

European farmers may be deprived of a new generation of more climate resilient and more nutritious crop varieties that are urgently needed to respond to current ecological and societal challenges. Science for Democracy has addressed some of these issues in its position paper on the Horizone Europe draft program and supports statements of European research institutes that appeared online over the last months, this statement is proof of a solid consensus among the academic life science research community in Europe on the negative consequences of this ruling.

On 18 September in Rome and 4 October in Milan Science for Democracy and the Associazione Luca Coscioni promoted public CRISPR Snack to request clarification from the Italian Government on the domestication of the ECJ decision. So far the Conte Government has not responded.