The human right to participate in and benefit from science is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. The 2017 UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers further states that academic freedom lies at the very heart of the scientific process, and provides a strong guarantee of the accuracy and objectivity of scientific results. Today when academic freedom is challenged in some countries and disciplines, it is urgent to highlight and discuss how researchers, universities, academies and governments may support fellow researchers and safeguard academic freedom globally.

Date: Friday 9 November

Time: 13:00-15:00, a light lunch is served from 12:15

Venue: Bankhallen, Regeringskansliet, Malmtorgsgatan 3, Stockholm

Organisers: Swedish National Commission for UNESCO and Young Academy of Sweden

Speakers and panelists:

  • Andrea Petö, Professor in Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest,
  • Astrid Söderbergh-Widding, Professor and Vice-Chancellor at Stockholm University,
  • Staffan I. Lindberg, Professor and Director of the Varieties of Democracy Institute, V-Dem, in Gothenburg, Young Academy of Sweden Member,
  • Beatrice Crona, Associate Professor at StockholmResilience Center, Young Academy of Sweden Alumni
  • Marco Nilsson, Associate Professor in Global Studies at Jönköping University
  • Olga Selin Hünler, Post-doctoral Researcher in Cultural Antropology at Bremen University, Germany.
  • Richard Sannerholm, member of the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO and Director for Assessment and Legal Analysis at International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC)

Moderator: Helena Lindholm (Professor in Social Sciences at Gothenburg University and Chair of the Expert Group for Aid Studies, EBA, a Government committee).

For more information please contact Anna Wetterbom (Young Academy of Sweden) or Julia Lodén (Swedish National Commission for UNESCO).

Please register here. The number of seats is limited so please register early.