Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science

The Committee promotes freedom for scientists to pursue knowledge and to freely exchange ideas, at the same time as advocating the responsibility of scientists to maintain scientifically defensible conclusions, and of scientific institutions to apply high standards.

Daya Reddy

Chair
South Africa

Saths Cooper

Vice-Chair
South Africa

Richard Bedford

New Zealand

Enrique Forero

Colombia

Robin Grimes

United Kingdom

Cheryl Praeger 

Australia


CFRS monitors individual and generic cases of scientists whose freedoms and rights are restricted as a result of carrying out their scientific research, and provides assistance in such cases where its intervention can provide relief and support activities of other relevant actors. In addition to this, members of CFRS are involved in a range of projects involving international partners and other Committees within the ISC.

The New Zealand government has actively supported CFRS since 2016. This support was generously renewed in 2019, with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, supporting CFRS via CFRS Special Advisor Frances Vaughan, based at Royal Society Te Apārangi, and by Dr Roger Ridley, Director Expert Advice and Practice, Royal Society Te Apārangi.


The work of the CFRS is supported by:

Vivi Stavrou

CFRS Executive Secretary & Senior Science Officer
vivi.stavrou@council.science

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