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History

Science for Democracy was launched in 2018, in the wake of the 5th World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research: “Science for Democracy: towards the human right to science”.

A group of members of Associazione Luca Coscioni have since then dedicated themselves to promoting the right to science by stimulating a fruitful dialogue between policymakers and the scientific community worldwide. 

The drafting process of the ‘General Comment on Science’ by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has been a fil rouge in the work of Science for Democracy over the last years. The activity of the platform has been devoted to raising awareness on crucial issues, which can benefit from specific mentions in the General Comment.

Ad hoc panel discussions and side-events:

Public Demonstrations

  • 4 October 2018, Polytechnic of Bari: ‘Give CRISPR a chance’ snack. On the occasion, public speeches explained the CRISPR technology and the consequences of the 25 July 2018 ruling of the European Court of Justice. A crispr-produced rice meal was consumed by scientists to demonstrate the safety of the technique.
  • 5 March 2019, Bruxelles, European Parliament:Give CRISPR a chance’ snack. On the occasion, public speeches explained the CRISPR technology and the consequences of the 25 July 2018 ruling of the European Court of Justice. A crispr-produced rice meal was consumed by scientists to demonstrate the safety of the technique.

Petitions

  • Spring 2020, petition to the European Parliament: EU CAN DO IT – for an EU response to the Covid19, social, economic and climate crisis.
  • Fall 2018, petition to the European Parliament. Science for Democracy asked that the financing of human genome editing for therapeutic purposes is included in the Horizon Europe 9th framework program.

Documents

  • Spring 2019, European Parliament Elections. Submission of 11 points to candidates, including issues ranging from sexual and reproductive health rights, disability, end of life decisions, human and vegetal genome editing, to embryo research, controlled narcotics and policy evaluation processes and impact evaluation
  • RSDI (The Research and Self Determination Index) 
  • Country Reports

World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research

  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  25-26 February 2020. In cooperation with the Commission of the African Union and thanks to the support of the Associazione Luca Coscioni, Science for Democracy has organized the 6th session of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research at the headquarters of the African Union. The meeting was dedicated to the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications.

Collaborations and external projects

  • 2020, UNESCO, African Union Commission for Human Resources, Science and Technology (AU-HRST), the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA AfriCenter): Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) on Communicating Science in Africa.