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.
SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East)
SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) was featured in this webinar. Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, President of the SESAME Council, discussed how the project came together, ACS's involvement, key research at the site in Jordan, and what the future holds for this UNESCO-initiated project.
This webinar featured the Nobel Peace Prize winning Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Widney Brown, Director of Programs, discussed the history of the PHR, how they use science to help document and analyze human rights violations, and opportunities to contribute to their work.
Science Diplomacy in the Middle East: the Malta Conferences and their Lasting Impact
This webinar was a follow-up to our previous webinar on the Malta Conferences. This session featured Dr. Zafra M. Lerman, President of the Malta Conferences Foundation, discussing how the meetings have helped to establish diplomatic ties in the Middle East and the importance of this meeting within the context of the current issues in the region.
On February 26 2015, Dr. Dorothy Phillips from the American Chemical Society Board of Directors presented on the Society's efforts in human rights. Topics covered included the history of the ACS's work in science and human rights, how participants could get involved in these issues, and upcoming plans to continue the ACS tradition in this area.
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.