Initial contribution to the Consultation on the Revision of the UNESCO Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers

Article date: 27 May 2015, Author: Dr Beth Taylor, Professor Colin McInnes

UNESCO’s Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers was introduced at the 18th Session of the UNESCO General Conference in November 1974 in order to help Member States to formulate and execute adequate policy frameworks for science research and development aiming, inter alia, to support researchers and encourage new entrants.

In November 2013, the 37th Session of the UNESCO General Conference decided to begin a consultation process that may result in revision of the original text of the Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers. The UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) supports the call for a revision of the Recommendation and in November 2014, shared with UNESCO its preliminary ideas for a revision to the Recommendation, available for download below.

In order to provide a more comprehensive UK response, the UKNC convened an expert task group of leading UK experts from both social and natural sciences to consider the relevance of such a Recommendation, how the scientific landscape has moved on from the 1970s and how any such Recommendation should be developed to meet contemporary need. Their conclusions and recommendations are available here.