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17th CFRS Meeting (October 2014)

CFRS met on 13-14 October 2014 at the ICSU Secretariat in Paris. Provided below is a summary of the main issues and decisions taken at that meeting.

Multilateral engagement

Freedom of science

  • Gender issues in field research: considered the project proposal drafted by the Research Committee “Women in Society” (RC 32) of the International Sociological Association (ISA), an ICSU Union Member, to investigate this issue of concern for CFRS and thanked them for their work
  • Boycott calls against the Israeli scientific community: reiterated its unconditional opposition to such action, considering them as a breach against the Universality of Science Principle
  • Persecuted/imprisoned scientists: noted with concern on-going and new cases of individual academics around the globe, including Ilham Tohti in China. In those cases where the persecution and/or imprisonment was related to the conduct of scientific work, action was decided as appropriate

Research integrity

  • Science assessment and research integrity: approved a draft programme with four speakers representing different global regions for the CFRS symposium “Research assessment and quality in science: perspectives from international science and policy organisations” at next year's 4th World Conference on Research Integrity (WCRI)

CFRS governance

  • Secretariat: thanked the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), an ICSU National Member, for having hosted the CFRS Secretariat since 2010, and noting that this generous offer would end in September 2015, after the five years agreed upon between the SCNAT and ICSU
  • Membership: noted that five Committee members would conclude their terms of office in 2015 and that the ICSU Secretariat had launched a call for new members
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