ACS Human Rights Webinars
ACS offers webinars on a wide variety of topics. These webinars are meant to inform the public on how to identify appropriate and practical solutions to human rights problems facing the scientific community. They demonstrate the applications of chemistry used to address global challenges such as access to safe water and sanitation.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Human Rights Coalition is a network of scientific and engineering membership organizations that recognize a role for scientists and engineers in human rights. The Coalition currently has 24 member and 1 affiliated organizations. On July 29, the ACS Science and Human Rights webinar series will host Jessica Wyndham and Theresa Harris from AAAS to speak on the history of the Coalition, the importance of science in human rights, and the continued work of the Coalition and AAAS in this area.
Dr. Jonathan Forman, Science Policy Adviser for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), spoke on the history of the organization, its achievement of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, and the importance of the eradication of chemical weapons.
Dr. Zafra M. Lerman, President of the Malta Conferences Foundation, presented on the importance of science diplomacy in working toward stability in the Middle East. This session was moderated by Dr. Norman Neureiter, Acting Director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Dr. Nina Dudnik, Founder and CEO of Seeding Labs, spoke about Seeding Labs and how the organization supports the ACS mission to explore the role the scientific community plays in empowering talented scientists in developing countries to conduct life-changing research that facilitates access to medicine, safe water, and education.
Coffee for Justice – Chemistry in Service to Small-holder Coffee Producers in Latin America
The featured speaker, Dr. Susan Jackels, Professor of Chemistry at Seattle University, shares her work with the Coffee for Justice Project and discusses the central role that science, specifically chemistry, plays in empowering and assisting small-scale coffee farmers in Latin America, in the wake of the devastating coffee crisis, through research and appropriate technology methods allowing the production of high-quality specialty market quality coffee.
- (Dr. Susan C. Jackels, Seattle University)
Chemistry, Human Rights, and Health
Learn the role that chemistry plays in the advancement of health as a human right, and the opportunities our science creates in the treatment of illness via access to quality medicines, nutritious food, safe water, and sanitation.
Access to Water
Learn the role that science, particularly chemistry to address the fundamental human right to access to clean water and sanitation.
Best Practices for Defending the Human Rights of Scientists
Learn about the interplay between human rights and science, and how you can identify appropriate and practical solutions to human rights problems facing the scientific community today.