18 October, 2019 Science for Democracy organised the event “Science for the Environment: Knowledge and Action” at the House of Europe in The Hague, Netherlands. The first panel, which followed a keynote speech by Dutch MP Tom van der Lee, focused on academia and the role of scientists. The second panel focused on political action and the role of representative democracy and European Citizens’ Initiatives.
29-30 August, 2019 Science for Democracy took part in the African Biennial Biosciences Communication Symposium in Pretoria, South Africa, to discuss in particular genome editing.
6 June, 2019 Our coordinator Marco Perduca took part in a webinar co-organised by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Science Magazine, and promoted by the Ipsen foundation. The webinar addressed the contribution of science to further human rights.
6-8 May, 2019 Our coordinators Marco Cappato and Marco Perduca went to Addis Ababa to lay the ground for the organisation of the 6th World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research there in February 2020.
2 April, 2019 Brussels: our co-coordinators Marco Perduca and Marco Cappato were heard for almost three hours by officials of the Belgian Federal Agency for Food Chain Security. A transcript of the audition is available here.
21 March, 2019 UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna: co-organisation of two side-events. Science in context: freedom of research and practice with controlled substances, together with MAPS, ICEERS and Associazione Luca Coscioni, and Alternative values, alternative facts: drug policy and justice as casualties in the struggle between authoritarianism and democracy, with Stop the Drug War and others.
19 March, 2019 Italian Senate: conference on new sustainable agricolture – how innovation in agriculture can support social, environmental and economical sustainability. In collaboration with the Associazione Luca Coscioni and EuropaBio.
5 March, 2019 Brussels: “CRISPR Snack“ with genetically edited rice.
20 February, 2019 Event on the status of research in Italy (freedom and financing), by the National Council for Economics and Labour.
On 17 October, 2018 a position paper on the Horizon Europe framework program was presented to selected Members of the European Parliament.
On 15 October, 2018 the international platform Science for Democracy was presented in Brussels, at its point of presence by the No Peace Without Justice headquarters in Rue Ducale 41.
9 October, 2018 United Nations, Geneva: participation in the general debate of the United Nations on and the “right to science””; thanks to the Permanent Representation of Italy to the UN in Geneva, organization of a side-event on ”Science for Inclusion” in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
5 October, 2018 University of Milan: debates on the medical use of controlled narcotics, and on reproductive health, in Collaboration with the Associazione Luca Coscioni and Dr. Michele Usuelli, member of the Regional Council of Lombardy.
4 October, 2018 Milan: “CRISPR Snack“ with genetically edited rice.