CFP: 2020 AAAS Science, Technology and Human Rights Conference

October 22-23, 2020, Washington, DC, USA

The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, a network of scientific and engineering membership organizations that recognize a role for science and scientists in human rights, invites proposals for its upcoming conference in Washington, DC, October 22-23, 2020. The deadline to submit a proposal has now been extended to May 7. All scholars, including students, as well as practitioners and community organizers, are encouraged to submit a proposal. Proposals from those whose human rights are being threatened and who urgently need a platform for their voices to be heard so that their human rights can be respected are especially welcomed.

Call for papers

Building on the emerging needs and opportunities identified during the 2019 conference, the 2020 Science, Technology and Human Rights Conference will focus on urgent human rights issues around the world that could most benefit from the contributions of scientists, engineers, and health professionals working in partnership with human rights NGOs and frontline communities. For example, sessions might address:

  • New developments and applications in science and technology that support human rights documentation, monitoring, strategic communications, campaigning, and advocacy;
  • Strategies for tackling human rights challenges associated with the conduct of science and applications of technology, including ethical guidelines and codes of conduct;
  • Successful approaches to building collaborative civic science projects for human rights;
  • Innovative uses of scientific methods and tools for monitoring impacts of human rights efforts;
  • The human rights of students, scholars, academics and researchers in places where conflict, censorship, and/or structural forms of oppression or discrimination make it difficult for them to continue their work; and
  • Implications of full achievement of the human right to science for populations experiencing increased vulnerability due to political, economic and social structures, for historically marginalized communities (such as persons with disabilities), and for the other human rights connected to the right to science.

Please submit proposals online through the submission website by Thursday, May 7, 2020. Read the full call for proposals. Proposers will be notified of the Conference Host Committee’s decisions in June 2020.

Deadline: May 7, 2020

Posted: May 02, 2020