The importance of the human factor in research is evident to everybody, and concerns all disciplines, branches and sectors. The working conditions, the rights and the duties, the intellectual freedom, the material environment for the conduction of a fruitful scientific inquiry: they are all common elements for the profession of researcher, irrespective of the specific career and field chosen.
Institutional Human Resources Strategy Group: Call for Candidates for the 4th Cohort
The "Institutional Human Resources Strategy Group" was launched by the European Commission in 2009 with a view to supporting the take-up of the Charter & Code principles by employers and funders of researchers in Europe. The aim of the group is to provide a framework and platform for the exchange of experiences and mutual support in the implementation of the "HR Strategy for Researchers incorporating the Charter and Code" (see http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/rights for more information).
Deadline: 28 September 2012
Rights of scientists
Scientific research and the defense of human rights share common values (aspiration to universality, regard for precision and transparency, critical spirit) and they are enterprises called to join forces and throw light on each other, for better against worst.
EuroScience calls for more consultation on Russian Academy of Sciences' reforms
EuroScience stresses need for intensified consultation of Russian Academy of Sciences and the scientific community in general on reforms of the Academy. Read the Statement here>>
EuroScience encourages its members to express their support for the Russian scientific community to be involved in the reforms of the Russian Academy of Sciences. One way of doing this is signing the petition set up by EUSJA. Here is the link>>
A letter of support concerning the situation of the Turkish Academy of ScienceStrasbourg, 11 October 2011
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See response to Euroscience from the Association of Aegean Academics in response to the situation of TUBA:
Call for support of Dr Igor Sutyagin (Russia)
Euroscience through its workgroup "Ethics in Science" is involved in the defense of the Russian scientist Dr Igor Sutyagin, a researcher at the U.S. and Canada Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, sentenced to 15 years of hard labour on August 17, 2004, for high treason in a closed trial, far from international fair trial standards, raising serious concerns that the case has been brought for political reasons. For further information, see the Joint statement by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Helsinki Federation of Human Rights, the Moscow Helsinki Group and the Public Committee for the protection of Scientists.
Organisation of an International Colloquium: « In the spirit of Sakharov »
Science, ethics and politics : yesterday and tomorrow
Was held on November 21, 2008, Collège Doctoral Européen, Strasbourg, under the aegis of Euroscience and with the patronage of the European Parliament, the French national commission for Unesco, the European academy of sciences, letters and arts, and the La Ferthé foundation.
For the 40th anniversary of Andrei Sakharov’s Manifesto : « Reflections on Progress, Peaceful Coexistence and Intellectual Freedom » and the 20th anniversary of the creation by the European Parliament of the « Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought », tribute has been payed to courageous and upright scientists who devoted themselves to peace, respect and justice, and were ready to pay dearly for their dissidence, asserting themselves as « scientists of conscience ».
Invited speakers and subjects
- Catherine Trautmann (European Parliament) : The European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize – history and future of this distinction
- Charles Rhéaume (Historian, Ottawa) : Andrei Sakharov, his life and the meaning of his efforts
- John Finney (University College, London) : Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, Nobel Peace laureate in 1995
- Yali Amit (University of Chicago) : Daniel Amit, my father – the passionate activist
- Tzvetan Todorov (CNRS Paris) : i) Germaine Tillion, knowledge and action; ii) A tribute to Bronislaw Geremek
- Georges Waysand (CNRS Paris) : After Sakkharov : Euroscience, a tool in front of present scientific responsibilities ?
A Round Table on Prospects and projects brought together : Sacha Goldman (Collegium International, Paris), Georges Le Guelte (Institut des relations internationales et stratégiques IRIS, Paris), Charles Rhéaume (Historian, Ottawa), Georges Ripka (physicist, CEA Paris), Gérard Toulouse (Ecole normale supérieure, Paris). The interchange, promptly joined by an active audience, surveyed important topics within Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean area, and stresssed the need for better convergence of efforts (notably around Euroscience, Pugwash, the International Collegium and other constructive organizations) in order to bring progress toward that ancient goal : the replacement of war by law.
Posthumously granted to Professor Daniel Amit, the Rammal Award 2007 was then delivered to his son by Jean-Patrick Connerade (Imperial College, London), former president of Euroscience and new Chair of the Rammal Award jury. The Rammal Award was created in memory of the great Lebanese physicist, Rammal RAMMAL (1951-1991). The medal is awarded each year to an outstanding personality of strong scientific stature from one of the Mediterranean countries, who, through his life and activity (whether in fundamental or applied research, teaching, or the integration of knowledge), has elevated scientific exchanges in this part of the world, rich with ancient traditions.
Lydie Koch Miramond & Gérard Toulouse