As a key ICSU policy committee, CFRS safeguards and promotes the Principle of Universality of Science, one of the strategic priority areas of the International Council for Science. For its core activities, the Committee needs to rely on additional support. Since October 2010, the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) has very generously hosted the CFRS Secretariat.
The International Council for Science has now issued a call to its members to consider hosting the CFRS Secretariat from October 2015 to ensure continuity of CFRS’s work.
Support is sought in the form of a dedicated part-time Executive Secretary (0.4-0.5 full-time equivalent) to sustain the Committee’s effectiveness in raising international awareness for, and to promote, freedom and responsibility aspects related to the conduct of science, in line with the Committee’s terms of reference and work plan for 2014-2017.
The tasks of the Executive Secretary involve preparing the biannual CFRS meetings, usually one in Paris and one outside Europe, and implementing the activities decided upon. Beyond drafting the meeting reports, the tasks include issuing of advisory documents, assisting in the organisation of scientific meetings, interacting with the global scientific community on relevant matters and writing letters in support of scientists who are imprisoned or otherwise exposed to threats.
The candidate and/or the host institution would ideally already be involved in dealing with issues related to scientific freedom and responsibility and/or would be interested in an opportunity to expand this work internationally. Interpersonal skills and the ability for accurate communication and writing in English are essential, while a background in international relations and/or knowledge of the global science community would be assets.
All expressions of interest should be submitted to Rohini Rao (email@example.com) as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, 23 January 2015.
Further information on the work of CFRS is available from the Freedom & Responsibility Portal on this website.
CFRS Current projects
Enhancing Governance for Sustainability
International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing releases report
Planned execution of disaster medicine scholar Ahmadreza Djalali must be halted immediately
Statement on scientific freedom in Japan
Call for expressions of interest to host a regional presence of the ISC Global Secretariat
Call for nominations: ISC Awards Programme
Violence on JNU campus
Graduate student Xiyue Wang released
Public launch event of the Council explores values of science and links between science, politics and society
South African mathematician elected as first President of the International Science Council
Science International: at-risk researchers
Statutes and Rules of Procedure
Remembering John Sulston
Call for expressions of interest to host the 2nd General Assembly of the International Science Council
Highlights of 2017
The ICSU/ISSC merger, explained
World’s leading bodies of social and natural sciences to merge in 2018, becoming "International Science Council"
Future of Science: Voices from our partners
Advisory note: Responsibilities for Preventing, Avoiding, and Mitigating Harm to Researchers Undertaking Fieldwork in Risky Settings
Science & Human Rights
Freedoms and Responsibilities in Science
ICSU and ISSC Transition Task Force meets to discuss possible structures for new merged council for all the sciences
Scientists and experts gather in Paris to define strategy for a new organization for all sciences
Members of Strategy Working Group and Transition Task Force appointed to develop frameworks for possible ICSU-ISSC merger
International Council for Science issues an advisory note on the issue of gender-based harassment in the practice of science
World’s top bodies representing the social and natural sciences vote to pursue a merger, forming a single organization representing all social and natural sciences by 2018
Advisory Note: Mobility and Field Research in the Sciences: Gender Equality and Prevention of Harassment
ICSU’s response to the 2014 External Review
Call for nominations: Scientific Committee for Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment: a Systems Analysis Approach
New members of the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science announced
CFRS supports scientists whose human rights are under threat as a result of scientific activity
International Council for Science announces Dr. Heide Hackmann to be Executive Director and Dr. Lucilla Spini, Head of Science Programmes
Future Earth Engagement Committee announced
External Review of ICSU (2014)
Call for nominations: ICSU Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science
Work Plan for the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS) 2014-2017
South African mathematician elected as next President of the International Council for Science
Leading scientists from around the world gather in Auckland for key strategy summit of scientific organizations
Call for nominations: ICSU Executive Board
Organisation of international scientific meetings: recommendations from ICSU policy committee
The International Council for Science pledges support for scientists in the L’Aquila case
Videos of the 30th General Assembly
Government of Malaysia and ICSU sign five-year agreement to host ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
ICSU’s new Executive Director appointed
Canadian climate scientist elected as next President of the International Council for Science
Global science community to gather in Rome
Advisory Note on Bias in Science Publishing
Global scientific community affirms its shared responsibilities for the integrity of science and its role in society
Publication practices and indices and the role of peer review in research assessment (2008)
Responding to New Threats to Scientific Freedom, ICSU Revises and Reaffirms Commitment to the 'Universality of Science'