Ethics in Science WorkGroup

Ethics in science

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Presentation

Background

My short-term goal is the abolition of nuclear weapons, and my long-term goal is the abolition of war. - Sir Joseph Rotblat.

General objectives

Promoting integrity, responsability and solidarity within the scientific community, including its relationship with the society at large

Long-term objectives

Developing a common perception and support of the cultural, ethical and legal value of science and research within Europe

Activities

Planned activities

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Past activities

During ESOF2004, the first European Science Open Forum, we organised a session on "The social responsability of the scientific institutions". Three speakers, Margaret Somerville, Barbara Rhodes and Gerard Toulouse, addressed these and related questions: "Do scientists have a duty to alert to the possibly harmful consequences of their work? Do modern societies allow them to express their concerns? Can the social responsability of scientists be discharged collectively through scientific institutions? " .

The International Workshop on "Ethics in the European space", co-organised with ALLEA (All European Academies) on April 4 - 8, 2003, held at the Fondation des Treilles (Tourtour, France) ; the five days were devoted to : i) general issues, including 'modern science and its relations with religion, law and politics' (2 days) ; ii) focus on a major theme in bioethics : ethical and legal aspects of stem cell research (2 days) ; iii) practical and comparative issues ; European space and best practices : what are the main urgencies and how they should be addressed (1 day).

The book entitled "Les scientifiques et les droits de l'Homme", dir. L. Koch-Miramond & G. Toulouse, ed. Les Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 2003 ; it contains three parts : i) education in ethics and human rights ; ii) scientists and the civil society ; iii) bioethics : legal and ethical aspects (orphan illnesses, genetic engineering, etc.). This book is a follow-up of the Symposium "Science et droits de l'Homme", organised by the WG at Unesco (8-9 May, 2001)

The International Workshop on "Ethics in the European space", co-organised with ALLEA (All European Academies) on April 4 - 8, 2003, held at the Fondation des Treilles (Tourtour, France) ; the five days were devoted to : i) general issues, including 'modern science and its relations with religion, law and politics' (2 days) ; ii) focus on a major theme in bioethics : ethical and legal aspects of stem cell research (2 days) ; iii) practical and comparative issues ; European space and best practices : what are the main urgencies and how they should be addressed (1 day).

The book entitled "Les scientifiques et les droits de l'Homme", dir. L. Koch-Miramond & G. Toulouse, ed. Les Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 2003 (in press); it contains three parts: I) education in ethics and human rights ; II) scientists and the civil society ; III) bioethics : legal and ethical aspects (orphan illnesses, genetic engineering, etc.). This book is a follow-up of the Symposium "Science et droits de l'Homme", organised by the WG at Unesco (8-9 May, 2001)

Report of the International Committee of Bioethics (IBC), Unesco, Working Group on Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis and Germ-line Intervention, 2002, Hans Galyaard [ This report, as well as the one on Solidarity and International Co-operation between Developed and Developing Countries concerning the Human Genome, and the draft reports on the Follow-up of the International Symposium on "Ethics, Intellectual Property and Genomics and Collection, Treatment, Storage and Use of Genetic Data are available on the IBC website

Pugwash Workshop on Science, Ethics and Society, 27-29 June 2003, Paris, France

First World Conference on Research Integrity : Lisbon, 16-19 September 2007 The final report of the Conference co-chairs Anthony Mayer, European Science Foundation (ESF) and Nicholas Steneck, US Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is now on the conference site : www.esf.org/conferences/integrity/

International Conference: ""International humanitarian law and impunity of powerful states - the case of the United-States"" Paris 22-24 September 2005. ""Those who seek to bestow legitimacy must themselves embody it; and those who invoke international law must themselves submit to it"" Kofi Annan

The international conference "Images of Science - New Interactions between Science and Society" was organised by the Rathenau Institute, the Social Sciences Council and the All European Academies of Science (ALLEA) in Amsterdam on 6 and 7 December 2004.

Conference "Governance of the European Research Area: The Role of Civil Society" Brussels, 12-13 June, 2003, contact: philippe.galiay@cec.eu.int

ESOF2006: one (or two) sessions on Ethics in science during ESOF2006 are being thought of; the interested members are kindly requested to contact: lkoch@cea.fr

International Colloquium: In the spirit of Sakharov

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.

Defense of Scientist's Human Rights

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.

Archives

Appeal to European and World leaders to eliminate the nuclear weapons threat

The threat of nuclear annihilation, by accident or design, remains the greatest threat to civilization confronting Europe and the World. The 480 US nuclear weapons based in Europe contribute to this threat. We call upon European and World leaders to take action in confronting and ending this threat. For the safety and security of the peoples of the World, we appeal: To the leaders of non-nuclear European governments, to move toward the elimination of the threat of nuclear weapons in Europe and the World by calling upon the United States to remove all its nuclear weapons from European soil and the adjoining waters and to have these weapons returned to the US for dismantlement; To the leaders of NATO countries, including the three NATO nuclear weapons states, the US, UK and France, to abandon the NATO policy of first use of nuclear weapons and to replace it with a clear and legally binding No First Use policy; To the leaders of all nuclear weapons states, declared and de facto, to initiate negotiations on the universal elimination of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

Pressure for the liberation of Dr Igor Sutyagin

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, on: http://web.amnesty.org/library/print/ENGEUR460262004.

Continuing support for Pr Yuri Bandajevsky (Belarus)

Euroscience through its workgroup ""Ethics in Science"" is involved in the defense of the Belarusian scientist Pr Yuri Bandazhevsky. Pr Yuri Bandazhevsky, former director of the Medical Institute in Gomel, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment in June 2001; his conviction is related to his scientific work on children diseases consecutive to the Tchernobyl disaster and his open criticism of the state authorities's policy. He was sent to relegation on May 29, 2004.