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18th CFRS Meeting (March 2015)

At its meeting on 26-27 March 2015 at the ICSU Secretariat in Paris, the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science considered the following main issues:

Freedom of science

  • L’Aquila earthquake: noted with relief that an appeals court overturned the charges of manslaughter against six scientists who were part of the commission that was tasked to assess the earthquake risk in the L’Aquila region, following an earthquake that killed more than 300 people and injured thousands in 2009
  • Persecuted/imprisoned scientists: learnt with gratification that Büşra Ersanlı, a political scientist in Turkey, was not convicted in a court case against her and some 200 other accused people in the presence of the Committee’s Chair

Conferences and workshops

  • Research integrity: acknowledged the CFRS symposium “Research assessment and quality in science: perspectives from international science and policy organisations” at this year’s World Conference on Research Integrity (WCRI), with powerful speakers from Brazil, France, Ireland and South Africa, representing policy and science organisations such as the Global Young Academy (GYA) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Gender issues in field research: confirmed to the Mexican Academy of Sciences the holding of a joint workshop in 2016 on this subject

Governance

  • Head of Science Programmes: welcomed the additional support for meeting the Committee’s strategic objectives through this newly created position at the ICSU Secretariat
  • Experiences of CFRS members: provided feedback and made proposals to possibly further increase the Committee’s effectiveness in its work related to individual scientists and human rights as well as outreach
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