Committee on International Freedom of Scientists

The membership of the Committee on International Freedom of Scientists consists of persons selected by the Committee on Committees and appointed by the President-Elect to staggered three-year terms. The President-Elect appoints the Chair from among the members. This Committee is responsible for monitoring concerns regarding human rights for scientists throughout the world. It apprises the President, the Board and Council of problems encountered by scientists in the pursuit of their scientific interests or in effecting satisfactory communication with other scientists and may recommend to the President and Council appropriate courses of action designed to alleviate such problems.

Chair: Kenny Breuer (01/24 - 12/24)
Brown University

Past Chair: Virginia Trimble (01/24 - 12/24)
University of California, Irvine

Member: Peter Steinberg (01/22 - 12/24)
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)

Member: Sumeyra Tek (01/22 - 12/24)
Texas Lutheran University

Member: Maury Goodman (01/23 - 12/25)
Argonne National Laboratory

Member: Detlef Lohse (01/23 - 12/25)
University of Twente

Member: Ivan Schuller (01/23 - 12/25)
University of California, San Diego

Member: Renata Wentzcovitch (01/24 - 12/26)
Columbia University

Member: Jean Bio Chabi Orou (01/24 - 12/26)

Member: Natalia Berloff (01/24 - 12/26)
Univ of Cambridge

Fundamental Human Rights & Freedoms
Learn about the principal guaranteed rights and freedoms. This guide was prepared by CIFS member The Hon. Robert French AC. 
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