Academic freedom: a universal right at stake!?

08.12.2017 Add to calendar

Academic freedom is a core principle that is critical for the conduct of science and its progress. It encompasses the engagement in scholarly practices and the exchange of scientific ideas without interference or suppression. Without academic freedom, the advancement of science and social benefits derived from science will be impaired. Recognising it as a universal right, the principle of academic freedom is enshrined in the UNESCO ‘Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel’ of 1997 and in national constitutions of close to 100 countries around the globe. Yet, the rights associated with academic freedom are increasingly being encroached upon in recent years in different places and different ways, such as political, religious and commercial pressures on individual scientists and academic institutions.

Seriously concerned by this growing trend, this conference wishes to consider its implications at the individual and institutional level as well as to address possibilities of countering these developments.

See the detailed programme in attachment.

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Swiss Academies
Dr Roger Pfister, Head of International Cooperation
Haus der Universität
Schlösslistrasse 5
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