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Universality of Science: Freedom and Responsibility

The International Council for Sciences works actively to promote the Universality of Science on the basis that science is a common human endeavour that transcends national boundaries and is to be shared by all people. Scientific progress results from global exchange of ideas, data, materials and understanding of the work of others. ICSU focuses on three overlapping aspects of universality: freedom and responsibility in the conduct of science; access to scientific data and information; and, strengthening science in developing countries.  The first of these three qualities is the subject of ICSU Statute 5, the Principle of Universality (Freedom and Responsibility) of Science. The guardian of this principle is the policy Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS).


The "Freedom and Responsibility Portal" contains information on the activities of CFRS and related documents and links concerning freedom and responsibility in the conduct of science.

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