SCIENCE ON THE MOVE: a new way of exercising the right to science

By 23/07/2020 August 4th, 2020 Latest news

CILAC 2021 launches a series of online events on science, technology, innovation and society issues in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Organizing Committee of CILAC will offer a series of 8 virtual colloquia, which will be held every 2nd Wednesday of each month, from 5 to 6:30 pm (Montevideo, Uruguay time), between August of this year and March of following. They will be open access and free.

Aimed at all actors linked to the science, technology and innovation (CTI) political agenda of the entire Region, the colloquia offer the opportunity to exchange hand-in-hand and live with leading figures from the regional and international sciences environment.


Inclusive science: Right to science

The first colloquium will take place on August 12 at 5:00 pm in Montevideo. Based on the definition of the Right to science contained in article 27 of the Declaration of Human Rights, and in the context of the current pandemic, the proposal is to debate what we must do to have a more inclusive science in the region. How to democratize your participation and ensure that your benefits reach everyone, especially in this context? What does science imply as a human right and how can it be developed? How to reduce the scientific gap between countries? What is happening in Latin America and the Caribbean? What opportunities do we have?

The panel will be made up of Ms Lidia Brito, Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean; Mr. Rafael Radi, President of the Academy of Sciences of Uruguay and Coordinator of the Honorary Scientific Advisory Group of Uruguay formed by the President of the Republic in response to the pandemic; and Mr. Rodrigo Uprimny, Colombian jurist specialized in constitutional law, member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

This year 2020, unprecedented and transformative, has required the Organizing Committee to postpone the date of the Face-to-Face Forum in Buenos Aires, agreeing as new dates from April 26 to 28, 2021. However, the definition of the priorities of an agenda in STI themes for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that frames the action of CILAC is not synthesized only in the three days in which, every two years, multiple actors come to the Forum to animate their working groups; the challenges are permanent, and our Open Forum platform is continuous. This is also nourished by the regular, persistent and high-quality reflections and developments that, throughout this region, are cultivated by innumerable knowledge actors.

In this context, “CILAC in motion” emerges, a new way of giving continuity and expanding the offer of CILAC opportunities to work on policies and actions, research and learning, with scientific rigor and ethical commitment to sustainable development, through throughout 2020 and in preparation for the face-to-face event in 2021.

Do you need more info? Access the concept note of the event here.