7 Oct 2020 - 8 Oct 2020 All day Online


*This event has been rescheduled from April 2020 and will now proceed via Zoom*

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, please contact Samantha Peel.


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 7 October 2020
14:00 - 14:15

Welcome Message

Helle Porsdam (Professor 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 (Oxford University, Faculties of Law and Philosophy)

15:00 – 15:45

The Recommendation as an International Legal Instrument: Possibilities and Pitfalls

Yvonne Donders (Professor of International Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, University of Amsterdam)

15:45 – 16:15


16:15 – 17:00

Understanding (and Misunderstanding) Technology

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

Thursday 8 October 2020
09:00 – 09:15

Welcome Back

Helle Porsdam (Professor 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 Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Zurich)

10:00 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:15

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

Edward Cronan (Barrister, Hogarth Chambers, London)

11:15 – 12:00

Science and Freedom as Human Rights

Aurora Plomer (Professor of Intellectual Property and Human Rights, University of Bristol Law School)

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:45

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

Matthias Mann (Professor 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 on Science and Scientific Researchers: Entailments and Ramifications for People with Disabilities

Valerie Bradley (President Emerita and Founder, Human Services Research Institute, Boston)

14:30 – 15:00


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 (Professor of Public Health, University of Zagreb School of Medicine)

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