“The World Congress is promoted by Associazione Luca Coscioni and Science for democracy”

The World Congress for freedom of scientific research is a permanent forum of activities to promote freedom of scientific research worldwide.

The World Congress was promoted by Associazione Luca Coscioni and the Nonviolent Radical Party in 2004.

ALC has been appointed as the World Congress Operational Secretariat since its Founding Session held in October 2004.

Associazione Luca Coscioni per la libertà di ricerca scientifica (Luca Coscioni Association for Freedom of Scientific Research, ALC) is named after its former president and founder, Luca Coscioni, who died in 2006 after having suffered for ten years from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

ALC is a non-profit organization counting 2,000 members and a wide network of supporters including parlamentarians, academics, researchers and students, along with representatives of patients and advocacy associations, all active in our campaigns, from Rome to Boston.

The main objectives of ALC are:

  • the promotion of freedom of scientific research and cure;
  • the promotion of projects and technologies for an “Independent Living”;
  • the ascertainment of civil and political rights of patients and people with disabilities.

ALC is currently running the World Congress  together with Science for Democracy.
Science for Democracy is a platform launched in 2018 to promote the affirmation of the “right to science” through a dialog between the scientific community and decision-makers all over the world at different levels.
The Right to Science is recognised and protected as a fundamental human right; it is enshrined in article 27 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

Managing Team

Past Collaborators

  • Carmen Sorrentino
  • Joe Robertson research assistance
  • Elizabeth Dzialo research assistance supported by the Rhode Island Public Health Institute
  • Michael Beck research assistance supported by the Tavola Valdese
  • Mihai Romanciuc technical assistance and webmaster services
  • Aurora Rossetti research assistance

Structural support

Associazione Luca Coscioni
Via di San Basilio 64
00187 Rome, Italy
Phone 00 39 06 64 010 848 
Email info@freedomofresearch.org