Committee on International Freedom of Scientists

The membership of the Committee on International Freedom of Scientists consists of nine (9) 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: Peter Vorobieff (01/21 - 12/21)
University of New Mexico

Past Chair: Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan (01/21 - 12/21)
University of Waterloo

Member: Athena Sefat (01/19 - 12/21)
Department of Energy - US

Member: Ian Jauslin (01/19 - 12/21)
Institutee for Advanced Study

Member: Katepalli Sreenivasan (01/20 - 12/22)
New York Univ NYU

Member: Laura Greene (01/20 - 12/22)
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Member: Annick Suzor-Weiner (01/21 - 12/23)
Univ de Paris

Member: Virginia Trimble (01/21 - 12/23)
University of California, Irvine

Member: Saeed Pegahan (01/21 - 12/23)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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

Poster
Learn about the Committee's work
CIFS Poster

Cases
Read about some of the human rights cases that CIFS monitors.
CIFS Human Rights Cases

CIFS in APS News

Human Rights
Resources & Links

Senior Staff
Amy Flatten, APS
flatten@aps.org

Committee Administrator
Michele Irwin, APS
irwin@aps.org

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