The annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be held between the 17th and 19th of October. The conference will bring together academics, scientists and engineers, policy makers, impacted communities and many more from across different scientific disciplines and beyond. This years theme is The Human Right to Science and Freedom of Expression. It is an opportunity for all those interested in science and human rights to interact with each other, build trust and engage in debate.
Marco Perduca, co-founder of Science for Democracy and former Italian senator, and Giulia Perrone, Research and Advocacy Officer at Science for Democracy, will partake in the conference. On Tuesday the 18th they are speakers on the panel A WHO Instrument Against Pandemics: The Right to Science as a Game-Changer, starting at 11:15am (GMT-4).
The detailed description of the panel is as follows:
With a multilateral instrument against pandemics under negotiation and the urge to enhance health emergency management via a participatory process, the Strategic Litigation: International Human Rights Legal Clinic of the University of Turin has drafted a report on the key role of the right to science for the prevention, preparedness, response to and recovery from pandemics. The report results from fruitful cooperation between Clinic students, Treatment Action Group and Science for Democracy. Beyond recommending the inclusion of the right to science in the upcoming instrument, the report represents in itself an example of a participatory approach to international negotiations. (description copied from the official programme of the conference)
On the same topic, a workshop will take place at 1:30pm (GMT-4) on the same day.