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A September 2019 Symposium of European National Academies

The eighth in a series of symposia devoted to the theme of human rights and science was held on September 11, 2019 in Paris, France on the topic of the right to education.  It sought to demonstrate the importance of human rights education for a wide audience, including secondary and post-secondary students, to fight against discrimination of all kinds.  The event was hosted by the French Academy of Sciences and co-organized with the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, which manages the symposium series. 

Rebecca Everly, Executive Director of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (H.R. Network) - for which the CHR serves as Secretariat - joined a round table discussion during the symposium.  She shared ways in the H.R. Network has sought to address violations of the right to education, including through public statements and private appeals urging equal access and an end to discriminatory practices at higher education institutions.

Beginning in 2010 in Berlin, the Leopoldina’s Human Rights Committee has organized regular symposia, in cooperation with national academies, that include representatives of European academies and the wider European scientific community.  These events provide an opportunity to debate topical human rights and ethics-related questions related to the work of national academies, and to discuss cases of scientists and scholars subjected to human rights abuse.

For more information on the latest symposium, please visit the French Academy of Sciences’ website.


2019 Leopoldina Meeting