The Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science (CFRS) is leading a number of projects on issues related to scientific freedoms and responsibilities.

Freedom and Responsibility in the 21st Century

The Principle of Freedom and Responsibility in Science is at the heart of all the Council’s work. The developments in this century demand a review of the meaning of this Principle, and of the role of bodies such as the ISC in upholding its basic tenets in this new and rapidly evolving context. 

Combatting Systemic Discrimination in Science

As the global voice for science the ISC must be responsive to public priorities and concerns. This project aims to lead a global dialogue to determine concrete steps aimed at correcting systemic discrimination in science.

Conduct of scientists in emergencies

Working in collaboration with the International Network for Government Science Advice, this project aims to develop guidelines for professional conduct for scientists working in emergencies. These guidelines will consider the various roles that scientists play in conducting and communicating research, and will outline how ethical principles can be applied to the broader social and political context in which scientists operate during emergencies.

Science in Exile

This initiative is a collaboration between TWAS, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the International Science Council (ISC), under the umbrella of Science International. The programme brings together displaced scientists and existing organizations that provide assistance to affected scientists, to exchange ideas and best practices, identify gaps in building practical support programmes across different world regions, and raise awareness of the issue among governments, international agencies and the broader scientific community.

Gender equality in science: from awareness to transformation

This project aims to increase gender equality in global science, through improved sharing and use of evidence for gender policies and programmes in scientific institutions and organizations at national, regional and international levels.

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