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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.

Committee meeting proceedings are available in meeting reports. In its work, the Committee is guided by the Terms of Reference and a work plan approved by the ICSU Membership.

History

  • 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.

Organisation

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