Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science CFRS
Mission and Activities
The Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS) serves as the guardian of the ICSU Principle of Universality of Science, which is enshrined in Statute 5 and adherence to which is a condition for ICSU Membership. Its mission is to raise international awareness for and promote freedom and responsibility aspects related to the conduct of science. It does this by issuing advisory material, organising scientific meetings and by considering cases of individual scientists whose human rights are infringed.
- 1963: Standing Committee on the Free Circulation of Scientists (SCFCS) established
- 1993: renamed to Standing Committee on Freedom in the Conduct of Science, retaining the acronym SCFCS
- 1996: Standing Committee on Ethics and Responsibility in Science (SCRES) established
- 2006: Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS) established as a merger of SCFCS and SCRES, following a strategic ICSU review
See also the short history of CFRS and its predecessor organisations, written by the former Committee Secretary Peter Schindler in 2009.