The sixth session of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research organized by the Luca Coscioni Association will be held in Addis Ababa on 25 and 26 February 2020. The meeting is promoted together with Science for Democracy and the Commission of the African Union.
For the last five years, the Luca Coscioni Association has placed the promotion of the “right to science” at the center of her international activities; it is also for this reason the title of the meeting is The right to enjoy the benefits of science, an African perspective.
As a matter of fact, the “Right to Science” foresees the necessary freedom to research, the need to share knowledge, and the universal right to enjoy the benefits deriving from the most recent scientific discoveries.
Throughout 2019, Marco Cappato and Marco Perduca, along with other members of the Luca Coscioni Association and Science for Democracy, have traveled to Africa to define the program. In the photo below they are together with Professor Sarah Anyang Agbor African Commissioner for
The draft agenda will be available shortly. Special rates for travel and accommodation are being defined, to find out more please inquire at email@example.com
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.
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 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
- Standing for the Right to Science before African Courts by Abdi Jibril Ali;
- Regional human rights mechanisms: what attention for science? by Elena Abrusci;
- A human right approach to science and its applications for Africa by Andrea Boggio;
- Framing the right to Science: from safeguards to promotion by Ludovica Poli;
- The State of Clinical Trials in Africa by Gebre-Mariam Tsige;
- Advancing the right to Science through the International human rights mechanism by Giulia Perrone;
- Palliative care by Michael Abiyu.
- Non communicable diseases by Zelalem Mengistu.
- The Evolution of Regional Human Rights Mechanisms: a focus on Africa by Mesenbet Assefa
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
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.