The theme of responsibility will be present at the World Sciences and Democracy Forum in a round table and in a workshop. We will present the Ethics & Responsibilities Program and the activities we are coordinating to prepare the scientists’ network Reflection on Action document ...
The program of the World Sciences and Democracy Forum (WSDF) that will be held in Dakar (Senegal) on February 4 and 5, just before the World Social Forum, is available on the WSDF Web site.
The program comprises two key moments during which responsibility will be discussed, which are:
This workshop aims at understanding the concrete obstacles and the challenges faced by scientists and academics seeking to be involved in research activities serving global society or community group interests, that is, with no direct concern for commercial fallout (outcomes). In the current context, the public policies pertaining to research have set a climate and conditions that incite researchers to respond to particular expectations, mostly in connection with innovations leading to commercial activities. All disciplinary fields are concerned, including the human sciences. The intrinsic value and the conceptual contribution of the human and social sciences to understanding the various stakes and to setting research directions have often led essentially to instrumental uses such as the development of technoscience. How can this situation be reversed and academic and scientific circles be given the means to assume their responsibilities to global society in an ethical way?
In this workshop, we will present the Ethics & Responsibilities Program and the activities we are coordinating to prepare the scientists’ network Reflection of Action document.
We participated in the development of the program as member of the International Committee. We will also take advantage of our participation at the WSDF to collect interviews and data on the discourse and responsible practices of the world of scientists and ethics.