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Book Launch – The Right to Science: Then and Now

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The Right to Science: Then And Now | Launch Friday 3 December 2021 | 16:00 UK Time

gloknos is thrilled to announce the launch of The Right to Science: Then and Now, edited by our long-time collaborators Helle Porsdam and Sebastian Porsdam Mann.

We all have a human right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress (the Right to Science [RtS]). The right has its origins in Article 27 of the United Nation’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted in the wake of World War II. In 1966, the UN turned these commitments into binding obligations under international law. The implication is that, just as governments are expected to respect the rights to, say, freedom of speech and due process, so they must also adopt measures to respect and ensure the RtS. The existence of this right is important for researchers and society. It adds a legal and moral dimension to a range of fundamental issues, including scientific freedom, funding, and policy, as well as access to data, materials, and knowledge. Yet, despite its potential for furthering science and human rights causes, the RtS has not received the attention it deserves.


  • Helle Porsdam (University of Copenhagen)
  • Yvonne Donders (University of Amsterdam)
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya (University of Cambridge)
  • Sebastian Porsdam Mann (University of Oxford)
  • Rumiana Yotova (University of Cambridge)
  • Stjepan Orešković (University of Zagreb)
  • Christos Lynteris (University of St Andrews)
  • Christine Mitchell (Harvard University)

Fine more information about the book and this launch online here

Attendance is free but spaces may be limited, so please email to reserve a space in the Zoom audience. Please be aware that we will take a recording of this event, which may include any questions and responses delivered by the audience.

gloknos is initially funded for 5 years by the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant awarded to Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya for her project ARTEFACT (2017-2022) ERC grant no. 724451.

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