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AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Meeting
January 31-February 1, 2013

This meeting of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition will focus on the intersections between children’s rights, science and technology. Participants will learn about the rights of children set out in international declarations and treaties, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and how this approach differs from others with which scientists, engineers and health professionals who study or work with children may be more familiar. Panels and workshops will explore cutting edge issues including: new opportunities and challenges for research on children’s rights; urgent children’s rights issues in the United States on which science and technology could have an impact; the positive and negative effects of the Internet for protecting children’s rights; and the implications of children’s rights for research ethics and professional responsibility.  

About the Coalition
As a program of AAAS, the program on Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law serves and enjoys access to 262 affiliated scientific societies and academies. In 2005, the former Science and Human Rights Program brought together scientific and professional associations with human rights sections and working groups to lay the groundwork for a coalition devoted to science and human rights. The Science and Human Rights Coalition was launched 2008. The Coalition is envisioned to:
  • Support efforts to establish human rights programs within more scientific and engineering societies;
  • Create a forum where new and cross-disciplinary applications of science and technology to human rights challenges can be incubated and explored;
  • Build a knowledge base within the human rights community about what science and scientists can contribute to the realization of human rights;
  • Establish a human rights agenda across scientific and engineering societies that incorporates this influential sector’s voice in human rights advocacy on behalf of colleagues at risk and human rights more generally.