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The Human Right to Science. Discuss it. Explore it. Enjoy it

Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. Science for Democracy, the Associazione Luca Coscioni and Eumans promote “The Human Right to Science. Discuss it. Explore it. Enjoy it” a three-hour webinar with scientists, jurists, decision-makers, experts and human rights activists to underline the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. To attend please register here.

By linking science more closely with society, the activities organized on 10 November aim to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science and to underscore the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.


The Human Right to Science
Discuss it. Explore it. Enjoy it.


10 November 2020 – 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM CET
Online – Register here to receive your unique link for participation

Welcoming remarks and launch of the video “Enjoy science”

Introduction: Presentation of the General Comment on Science 

  • Marco Perduca, Founder and Coordinator of Science for Democracy
  • Mikel Mancisidor, Member of the Committee on Economic, Social, Cultural Rights (CESCR)

Keynote Speech: More Science in Politics Less Politics in Science 

  • Richard Roberts, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Chief Scientific Officer, New England Biolabs

What to do with the Right to Science

  • Giulia Perrone, Research and Advocacy Officer Science for Democracy and Phd Student, University of Turin
  • Andrea Boggio, Professor of Legal Studies at Bryant University and Member of Science for Democracy Steering Committee
  • Jessica Windham, Director of the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • A representative of UNESCO

Science for Inclusion  

  • Margaret Karembu, Director of ISAAA AfriCenter, chair of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) Kenya Chapter Programming Committee
  • Ghada El Kamah, Professor of Clinical Genetics, Coordinator of the Hereditary Blood Disorders and Genodermatoses Clinics and Research Teams, Human Genetics and Genome Research Division, National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt
  • Simona Giordano, Reader in Bioethics and Hub Lead of the Center for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP), at the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester

The institutional and political implications of the right to science

  • Neil Datta, Secretary of the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights 
  • Hon Dr Chris Kalila, Chair Of the Parliamentary Health Committee in the Republic Of Zambia, Member of the Global Parliamentary Alliance for Health, Rights and Development (GPA)
  • Cesare Romano, Professor of International Law and W. Joseph Ford Fellow, at Loyola Law School Los Angeles and member of Science for Democracy Steering Committee
  • Claudio Radaelli, Professor of Public Policy at UCL London, Professor of Political Science at College of Europe and member of Science for Democracy Steering Committee

Concluding Remarks