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AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Meeting
January 27-28, 2014
All sessions will take place at
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Entrance at 12th and H Streets, NW
Washington, DC
The full agenda can be found here.
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Monday January 27, 2014
8:30AM - 9:00AM Registration and Breakfast - 1st and 2nd Floors
9:00AM - 9:15AM Welcoming Remarks - Auditorium
9:15AM - 10:30AM Opening Plenary: The Disability Rights Framework and Implications for Science and Technology - Auditorium
What are disability rights? How are these rights articulated and promoted by international human rights bodies? What are the important connections between disability rights and the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications?
10:30AM - 11:00AM Break - 2nd Floor Reception Area
11:00AM - 12:30PM Plenary: Accessing the Benefits of Science and Technology - Auditorium
How are scientific breakthroughs and new technologies redefining perceptions of disability? In what ways can access to online communications, m-health, neurological enhancements and other advances support the rights of persons with disabilities? What challenges need to be overcome to ensure equitable access? Are these universal challenges or are they specific to certain contexts? What can governments, the private sector, civil society and individuals do to remove these barriers?
12:30PM - 1:45PM Lunch - 2nd Floor Reception Area
12:30PM - 1:45PM Student Poster Competition Presentations and Judging - 2nd Floor Reception Area
1:15PM - 1:45PM Information Session: Introduction to the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition (concurrent with last half hour of lunch) -
This session will provide an introduction to the goals and activities of the Science and Human Rights Coalition and the international human rights framework that guides its work, giving special attention to the connections of human rights to science and technology.
1:45PM - 3:15PM Plenary: International Human Rights Treaties in the Senate - Auditorium
“Why hasn’t the United States ratified that treaty?” This question often arises during Coalition meetings. During this session, speakers will review the process for ratifying treaties, as well as the political issues that have made human rights treaties hot topics in the news. Speakers will also discuss the ways in which science and engineering societies can engage in the ratification process.
3:15PM - 3:45PM Break - 2nd Floor Reception Area
3:45PM - 5:15PM Plenary: Participating in Science and Technology - Auditorium
The National Science Foundation reports that people with disabilities continue to be underrepresented in science and engineering careers, but also that since 2008, students with disabilities in the US have earned more doctorates in science and engineering than in non-S&E fields. Broadening participation in science and engineering requires improving accessibility of classrooms and other learning resources, as well as better access to labs, meetings, and information technology. Full participation in science and technology also has implications for researchers who study disabilities. What are the challenges for people with disabilities to full participation in science and engineering, as students, as members of the science and technology community, and as the subjects of research? Does the human rights framework provide guidance for addressing these challenges? What are the responsibilities of governments, public institutions, the private sector and individual researchers for expanding participation in science in engineering?
5:15PM - 5:30PM Closing Remarks - Auditorium
5:30PM - 6:30PM Reception and Student Poster Competition Awards - 2nd Floor Reception Area
6:30PM Meeting Adjourns -
Tuesday January 28, 2014
8:30AM - 10:30AM Outreach and Communication: Committee Meeting -
Want to see a greater diversity of associations represented in the Coalition? Have innovative ideas for how to communicate with members about our on-going activities and achievements? Share your ideas for expanding Coalition membership and building a strong relationship with our existing members.
9:00AM - 10:00AM Executive Directors Circle (Invitation only) - AAAS Board Room
10:00AM - 10:30AM Coffee and Tea - 2nd Floor Reception Area
10:30AM - 1:00PM Education and Information Resources: Working Group Meeting -
This working group is devoted to producing a variety of accessible information materials for the promotion and support of collaboration between scientists, engineers and human rights practitioners.
10:30AM - 1:00PM Ethics and Human Rights: Working Group Meeting -
This working group is devoted to fostering appreciation among scientists, engineers and professional associations for the relevance of human rights to ethical standards, the conduct of science, the applications of science and technology, and human research protections.
10:30AM - 1:00PM Service to the Human Rights Community: Working Group Meeting -
This working group is devoted to bridging the scientific, engineering and human rights communities with the aim of encouraging and facilitating the greater engagement of scientists and engineers in efforts to advance human rights.
10:30AM - 1:00PM Service to the STEM Community: Working Group Meeting -
This working group is devoted to building the commitment and capacity of professional associations to contribute meaningfully to human rights issues and activities, including through the application of their discipline’s tools and techniques.
10:30AM - 1:00PM Welfare of Scientists: Working Group Meeting -
This working group is devoted to the protection and defense of scientists and engineers under threat and will work to increase the effectiveness of professional societies in defending the human rights of our colleagues.
1:00PM - 1:45PM Council Lunch (Council Members and Student Delegates only) -
1:30PM - 4:45PM Council Meeting (Council Members only) - Revelle
1:30PM - 3:00PM Student Delegate Meeting - Haskins
5:00PM Meeting Adjourns -