Organiser: Dr. Michiharu Nakamura (JAP), Counselor to the President & Former President, Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST). Co-organiser: Ms. Vinny Pillay (SA), Minister Counsellor, South African Mission to the EU.

Monday 25th July, 2016: 11h25 – 12h40
ESOF 2016 MANCHESTER

Session Abstract:

Countries large and small, developed and developing, exercise science diplomacy through politics for a host of purposes. But what makes cooperation successful and sustainable? How can we balance sharing discovery as a public good, against promoting winner-takes-all competition? Is there a necessary and healthy tension between regional and global initiatives? New actors are emerging, particularly from Asia and Africa.

Organiser: Prof. Michel Kazatchkine (FR), UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on HIV/Aids in Eastern Europe & Central Asia; Member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy; Former Executive Director, The Global Fund, Member of Euroscience. Aidan Gilligan (IRL), Founder & CEO, SciCom – Making Sense of Science.

Monday 25th July, 2016: 12h50 – 15h20
ESOF 2016 MANCHESTER

Session Abstract:

Drug use and possession are banned in 150 countries worldwide with 33 countries and territories retaining the death penalty and 1,000+ drug-offence executions annually. This international drug enforcement regime has failed to reduce the use and harm caused by drugs. In response, the UN Secretary General called for a special session on drugs at the UN General Assembly in 2016 – the first in nearly two decades. As the fragile consensus supporting prohibition slowly unravels, experts gauge what might happen next.

Organiser & Moderator: Clive Cookson (UK), Science Editor, Financial Times & Member, IMMC ESOF 2016. Aidan Gilligan (IRL), Founder & CEO, SciCom – Making Sense of Science & Vice-Chair, IMMC ESOF 2016 / GB Euroscience.

Tuesday 26th July, 2016: 14h15 – 15h30
ESOF 2016 MANCHESTER

Session Abstract:

Which matters most – an individual’s right to be forgotten or society’s right to know about their past? For example, if a murderer or paedophile serves a prison sentence, why should his or her neighbours be aware? Who should decide if a request for delisting and deletion of information, videos or photographs from a publicly available database is valid? Does it risk decreasing the quality of the Internet through censorship or even rewriting history?

Organiser: Dr Thomas Hartung (DE), Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. Aidan Gilligan (IRL), Founder & CEO, SciCom – Making Sense of Science.

Tuesday 26th July, 2016: 17h10 – 18h25
ESOF 2016 MANCHESTER

Session Abstract:

Like it or not, animal testing is key to public health. But doubts are growing – not only for ethical reasons, but also in terms of costs, long study times, and a lack of accuracy – rabbit skin is not human skin. Billions are spent on compulsory testing at circa €20 million for a pesticide or €10 million for a new drug. Yet, the majority of the 7,000 flavours in e-cigarettes, the 5,000 additives in food or the 3,000 fragrances we use every day have never been tested.