1 Apr 2020 - 3 Apr 2020 All day Room S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT


*This event has been cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope to reschedule the workshop sometime in autumn 2020*

The Right to Science and the 2017 UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers

gloknos is delighted to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of researchers involved in furthering our understanding of the Right to Science and its implementation as a universal right. This event is in collaboration with Prof Helle Porsdam, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights at the University of Copenhagen – please contact Prof Helle Porsdam directly for more information on the group’s research.

We all have a human right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress (the Right to Science [RtS]). The right has its origins in Article 27 of the United Nation’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted in the wake of World War II. In 1966, the UN turned these commitments into binding obligations under international law. The implication is that, just as governments are expected to respect the rights to, say, freedom of speech and due process, so they must also adopt measures to respect and ensure the RtS. The existence of this right is important for researchers and society. It adds a legal and moral dimension to a range of fundamental issues, including scientific freedom, funding, and policy, as well as access to data, materials, and knowledge. Yet, despite its potential for furthering science and human rights causes, the RtS has not received the attention it deserves.

If you are interested in attending the public symposium (1-2 April), please contact Samantha Peel.

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gloknos is initially funded for 5 years by the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant awarded to Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya for her project ARTEFACT (2017-2022). ARTEFACT is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (ERC grant agreement no. 724451). For information about gloknos or ARTEFACT please contact the administrator in the first instance.


Wednesday 1 April 2020

14:00 - 14:15

Welcome Message

Helle Porsdam
Prof of Law and Humanities and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights, University of Copenhagen

14:15 – 15:00

Scientific Freedom as a Constitutive Element of the Right to Science

Sebastian Porsdam Mann
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Copenhagen and Oxford University

15:00 – 15:45

The Recommendation in International Law

Yvonne Donders
Prof of International Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, University of Amsterdam

15:45 – 16:15

Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:00

Understanding (and Misunderstanding) Technology

John Naughton
Emeritus Prof of the Public Understanding of Technology, Open University & Director of the Press Fellowship Programme, Wolfson College

17:00 – 17:45

UNESCO on Science as a Common Good

Aurora Plomer
Prof of Intellectual Property and Human Rights, University of Bristol Law School

Thursday 2 April 2020

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome Back

Helle Porsdam
Prof of Law and Humanities and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights, University of Copenhagen

09:15 – 10:00

Relevance of the UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers for Addressing Issues Concerning Research Integrity

Roberto Andorno
Associate Prof, Faculty of Law, University of Zurich

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:15

Intellectual Property, Scientific Research and Human Rights: An Imaginary Conflict?

Edward Cronan
Barrister, Hogarth Chambers, London

11:15 – 12:00

It’s not a Coin, it’s a Sphere: Reimagining Dual-Use and its Relationship to the Precautionary Principle

Andrew Mazabrada
Barrister and PhD Fellow, University of Copenhagen Law School

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 13:45

Ethical Permissions and Scientific Progress: How to Find the Right Balance?

Matthias Mann
Prof and Director, Dept of Proteomics and Signal Transduction, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich & Prof and Director of the proteomics program at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research in Copenhagen

13:45 – 14:30

The Recommendation: A view from within UNESCO

Malene Nielsen
Deputy Permanent Delegate of Denmark to UNESCO

14:30 – 15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 – 15:45

Knowledge Stocks, Knowledge Flows, Normative Rules, and the Reality: UNESCO Recommendation on the Role of Science in National Policy and Decision Making, International Cooperation and Development

Stjepan Oreskovic
Prof of Public Health, University of Zagreb School of Medicine

15:45 – 16:00

Concluding Remarks

Inanna Hamati-Ataya
Principal Research Associate, CRASSH, University of Cambridge & Founding Director gloknos, the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies

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