Jessica M. Wyndham (Interim Director of the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science) and Margaret Weigers Vitullo (Director of Academic and Professional Affairs at the American Sociological Association) discuss the 2017 March for Science in the context of the human right to science for openDemocracy. The authors present key findings of an AAAS study on the right to science. In particularly, they highlught the fact that the benefits of science (1) go “beyond medicines and crop rotation techniques, beyond electricity and the Internet, to include the scientific method and scientific information as the basis for empirical understandings of policies and programs” and (2) “means everything from access to the products of science and knowledge derived from science, to the access that scientists require to data and samples in order to conduct their research.” They conclude that the unique value of the right to science “in the human rights toolkit be explored, recognized, and articulated both by the scientific and human rights communities.”


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