The importance of the theme of the responsibility of the scientific and academic worlds ensues from the position that knowledge now holds in the overall development of societies. The ways in which knowledge is developed and used are crucial for the improvement of the well-being of peoples and societies but also produce economic, social, environmental, and political crises that are difficult to solve.
What are the roles of scientists? What are their responsibilities? There is one incontrovertible answer: their roles are ambiguous, information is opaque, and the responsibilities are enormous. To what extent are these responsibilities assumed in a way that is both ethical and respectful of people and of the planet?
The Ethics and responsibilities of the scientific and academic worlds initiative aims to explore this challenge in order to bring out all the aspects of this question and to express proposals or indications for action.
To start with, data will be gathered from the Web sites of the first Sciences and Democracy World Forum (SDWF, Belèm, 2009), from organizations and international and national groups within the activity sectors involved, and in the framework of the Second SDWF (Dakar 2011). The data will be analyzed and targeted contacts will be made in order to study the challenges thoroughly with people and networks open to discussion, or even to collaboration in view of developing follow-up leads likely to make “consciousness” progress and above all specific actions among scientists—their associations and organizations—in terms of their responsibilities at a scientific, as well as social level.
The professionals and networks involved are academics, professors, researchers, students, and research professionals in all disciplines working in research institutes and centers or in any other organization in which their work is closely connected to their scientific expertise in the various fields of knowledge.
January 19, 2011
11 April 2012
Economists Adopt Conflict-of-Interest Guidelines
How can research be kept free of conflicts of interests? The American Economic Association has formulated specific guidelines for this: good progress and a good reference text, but applying only to articles published in AEA journals. How can this be generalized to the world of scholars?
17 August 2011
Ethics and Responsibilities on the Agenda of the 2nd World Sciences and Democracy Forum
The forum specifically featured the theme of the responsibility of scientists—professors and researchers. Four paths were suggested for the specific contribution of scientists. Discover them and let us know what you think …