Protecting Scientific Freedom around the World: An introduction to the ISC Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science (CFRS) and CFRS case work

21 September, 09:00 – 10:00 CEST
22 September, 16:00 – 17:00 CEST

🔍 Watch the recording from 21 September 2021
🔍 Watch the recording from 22 September 2021

The ISC’s Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science (CFRS) is the guardian of the Principle of Freedom and Responsibility in Science, which is enshrined in Statute 7 of the ISC Statutes and Rules of Procedure. CFRS works to uphold and protect the freedoms that scientists should enjoy and the responsibilities they carry while engaging in scientific practice. This includes monitoring and responding to threats to scientific freedoms around the world, and advising on responsible practice in challenging contexts.

In this edition of the knowledge sharing series for ISC Members, ISC President and CFRS Chair Professor Daya Reddy, CFRS Vice-Chair Professor Saths Cooper, CFRS Executive Secretary Vivi Stavrou and CFRS Special Advisor Frances Vaughan will describe the ways in which the committee responds to threats to scientific freedom and will introduce some of the current cases. In addition, the speakers will highlight the ways in which ISC Members can engage with and contribute to the work of the committee.

All staff members, office bearers and representatives of organizations that are part of the ISC membership are invited to participate in these online meetings to learn more about the work of the CFRS, ask questions and engage with the speakers around this important subject. The content of the two sessions will be similar, and we are offering two different time slots to accommodate different time zones.

Slides, resources and related links

🔵 View the presentation slides

🔴 CFRS call for partners: collaborating on issues related to scientific freedom and responsibility in science

🟠 CFRS overview
🟠 CFRS case procedures
🟠 CFRS case example
🟠 CFRS statements, positions and announcements
🟠 ISC position on conference and event boycotts
🟠 ISC position on visas and online accessibility
🟠 Science in Exile project
🟠 Protecting scientific freedoms to combat the COVID-19 pandemic
🟠 Scholars At Risk Free To Think monitoring project


21 September 2021 (times refer to CEST)

09:00Welcome and introductions (Alison Meston)
09:05Background to CFRS, outline of CFRS case management procedures and role of partners and ISC Members (Daya Reddy)
09:20Presentation of two CFRS cases (Frances Vaughan)
09:30Q&A and discussion

22 September 2021 (times refer to CEST)

16:00Welcome and introductions (Alison Meston)
16:05Background to CFRS, outline of CFRS case management procedures and role of partners and ISC Members (Saths Cooper)
16:20Presentation of two CFRS cases (Vivi Stavrou)
16:30Q&A and discussion


Daya Reddy
ISC President, CFRS Chair

Saths Cooper
ISC Governing Board Member, CFRS Vice-Chair

Vivi Stavrou
ISC Senior Science Officer, CFRS Executive Secretary

Frances Vaughan
CFRS Special Advisor

Alison Meston
ISC Communications Director


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