Science for Democracy is happy to share the conditions to take part in the VI World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research, “The right to ENJOY the benefits of SCIENCE, an African Perspective”, on February 24-25-26 2020 (working languages Italian, English and French).

It is even more happy to do so now that its goal of the past few years – the right to science – has been put on the agenda of the UN.


500€ package* everything included for the 2020 members of the Associazione Luca Coscioni
550€ package* everything included for non-members

  • package (*) including return plane tickets, stay in a hotel double room (a single room costs 50€ extra, in total not per night), dinners, lunches, coffee breaks, and shuttles to move around, to be transferred to the Associazione Luca Coscioni (HERE the info and payment options)
  • departure from Milan Malpensa late in the evening of February 23 (arrival in Addis Ababa on the morning of the 24th) and return arriving in Milan at dawn on February 27;
  • departure from Rome Fiumicino late in the evening of February 23 (arrival in Addis Ababa on the morning of the 24th) and return to Rome at dawn on the 27th;
  • stay at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel.
  • goals of the VI world Congress (HERE), organised together with the African Union;
  • the agenda is being prepared, and will be available at the end of January;
  • the UN document on the right to science which will be at the centre of the debate (HERE)

NB Useful information:

Passport: required, with remaining validity of at least 6 months.

Entry visa: required, to be requested online, or at the Ethiopian embassy. The tourist visa can also be obtained upon arrival at the Addis Ababa airport (with the exceptions of citizens of Eritrean origin, who cannot receive the visa at the airport). Tourist visas with a validity of 30 days are issued at the Addis Ababa airport, at a cost of 50$ or the euro equivalent, currently 44€).

SfD is still waiting for a response regarding the possibility of obtaining courtesy visas.

Vaccines: there are no compulsory vaccinations.

To organise the Congress in the best way possible kindly confirm your attendance by Monday, January 20th, by writing to and attaching a copy of your payment. It will be possible to confirm your attendance at a later date, but at that point you will not be guaranteed the same conditions offered by Ethiopian Airlines.

Science for Democracy hopes you will confirm your attendance, to meet you in Addis Ababa, and to continue this journey together, to affirm the human right to enjoy the benefits of science.