From 11-13 April 2018, ALC will organise the fifth edition of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research in the European Parliament. The event will focus primarily on the interaction between scientific evidence and the decision-making process in the context of fake news. It will also cover critical debates on diverse topics such as genome editing and gender discrimination in science.
Freedom and responsibility are two sides of the science coin. Norms, policies and agreements regulating science, whether at national or international level, must achieve multiple goals simultaneously, including letting scientists carry out their work; ensuring transparent public and private support for research; guaranteeing the free circulation of their discoveries and data; creating free and verifiable peer-review processes; and guaranteeing the application of research.
Instead, policymakers worldwide have the great responsibility to boost innovation through legislation that is proportionate, non-discriminatory and science- based, fully acknowledging the importance of innovation for addressing agricultural challenges.
Fostering an open debate between farmers, scientists, industries, environmentalists and policymakers can be a significant step towards developing a mutual understanding that will benefit citizens and the sustainability of agriculture.
The farming sector needs science and innovation to face social, environmental and economic challenges. Demonising innovation and technology paves the way for fears and emotions in decision making against the genuine human right to science.
“The farming sector needs science and innovation to face social, environmental and economic challenges. Demonising innovation and technology paves the way for fears and emotions in decision making against the genuine human right to science”
The Congress will help identify key recommendations for policymakers to address national and international institutions responsible for adopting regulations on science-related issues. Our aim is to raise awareness of the need for legislation to embrace the right to science.
ALC is coming back to the European Parliament, one of the most symbolic places for legislative debates and a key driver for progressive legislation. We hope that you will join us at the Congress, including the afternoon session on modern agricultural biotechnology on April 12, to debate and stand up for science and democracy, also in agriculture. Ultimately, the promotion of scientific freedom in all sectors is associated with the welfare and wellbeing of humanity.