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Contemporary perspectives on freedom and responsibility in science

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Technological and social developments are profoundly influencing the way science is practiced, demanding a re-evaluation of our core principle of freedom and responsibility in science.

Background  

This project has now been completed, and the ISC continues its outreach to ensure impact. The ISC is exploring the possibility of a Phase II project. 

The Principle of Freedom and Responsibility in Science is at the heart of all of the ISC’s work, and is enshrined in Statute II., Article 7, of the ISC Statutes and Rules of Procedure. It sets out the freedoms that scientists ought to enjoy, balanced by their obligation to engage in responsible scientific practice and behaviour. The rapidly changing contexts within which scientific research is undertaken and applied in contemporary society have prompted the ISC to re-examine 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.   

This project explored contemporary perspectives on the meaning and interpretation of scientific freedom and responsibility, including the responsibility of scientists to engage in providing advice to policymakers, to communicate their results to the general public, and to advocate for the value of science and for scientific values. 

The CFRS developed globally informed guidance for ISC members, for research and educational institutions, and for individual scientists and their communities on what constitutes responsible conduct in contemporary science. Special attention was given to countries that are working to strengthen their science research systems.   

Activities and impact 

Key milestones 

Writing group 

News & Events

blog
07 November 2023 - 8 min read

Bridging the trust gap: scientific freedom and responsibility in Asia-Pacific

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blog
21 April 2023 - 3 min read

Statement on concerns over escalation of extreme violence in Sudan

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news
31 December 2022 - 4 min read

International Science Council deplores the exclusion of women from university education in Afghanistan and urges the Afghan authorities to reverse their decision

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Project team

Vivi Stavrou

Vivi Stavrou

Executive Secretary of CFRS and Senior Science Officer

International Science Council

Vivi Stavrou

Publications

publications
10 December 2021

A contemporary perspective on the free and responsible practice of science in the 21st century

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