Scholars at Risk’s latest Free to Think 2019 report describes the contours of a global phenomenon of attacks on higher education that impacts scientists everywhere. These attacks hamper scientific progress across the globe and challenge everyone’s right to think and share ideas. Given the gravity of this phenomenon, the report sets out tangible actions stakeholders including students, universities, faculty, and scientific associations can take to respond.
EuroScientist reports from the ‘Davos of Science’, recently held in Brazil. Its goal is to ensure that evidence-based knowledge feeds into policies applied on a global, regional and local level to foster transitions to more sustainable societies. The trouble is that achieving the unique goal of achieving sustainable societies is quite a challenge, given the differences between so called well-developed, evolving and the vulnerable countries. It emerged from the discussions at the event that knowledge co-creation may open the door to sustainability.
To the outside observer, the debate on open access to scientific publications seem to be all about a battle between the researcher groups and commercial publisher giants, fueled by anger at the greed, real or perceived, of commercial publishers. But the real world is more complex than that.
Science is probably the last bastion of true freethinking but is being swallowed by this make-money-get-profit world. Science and scientists are becoming more and more detached from the pure curiosity and they are embracing this notion that an idea must first be sold in order to be explored.
Huge issues are facing our societies; climate change, antimicrobial resistance, feeding a growing population, resource shortages and pollution to name a few. Humanity is going to need the best people doing the best research in order for us to find ways to meet these challenges.
Internet, audiovisual media and digital technology are transforming our world. Their potential, however, will not be fully realised until they become fully accessible, enabling all citizens to participate in everyday life.
The strength of the European project lies in the aim of creating a community by embracing the diversity of its members. Unity in diversity means promoting the value of the vast human variety expressed by all its citizens.
The newly established Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the United Nations will work towards developing a strong international framework on setting global standards for governance and oversight of human genome editing.
The Europen Chemical Society developed a new Periodic Table which displays the very real threat of element scarcity. It was unveiled only a week before the Paris celebrations, it was unveiled at an event held at the European Parliament.
Basic scientific research gives rise to technological applications which shape modern society. Funding towards curiosity-driven science should be continuous and not in the hands of political and economical powers. Science and ethics have to keep the same pace for a sustainable future.
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