Protecting the Rights of Individuals Fleeing Conflict: The Role of Scientists, Engineers, and Health Professionals

Dec. 7-8 Symposium and Webcast

On Dec. 7 and 8 the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a symposium to explore how scientists, engineers, and health professionals can play a role in protecting the rights of individuals fleeing conflict. Panels will explore subjects such as how smart phones and other digital technologies could aid responses to refugee crises; how health professionals can best respond to the needs of displaced persons; and how scientists, engineers, and health professionals can effectively assist professional colleagues who have been displaced by conflict. Visit the symposium website for more information and a full agenda. Those who cannot attend in person may watch a live video webcast.  

The symposium will include a screening of a new documentary film, Science in Exile­, at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7. The film focuses on the travels and the struggles of displaced scientists who have fled conflict zones in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq in recent years.


The symposium will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. EST on Dec. 7 and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST on Dec. 8 at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Seating is limited; reporters who wish to attend must register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail