February 13, 6:30 p.m. Scotiabank Theatre, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University
The travels – and the struggles – of displaced scientists are the focus of a new documentary film, “Science in Exile”, directed by Italian filmmaker Nicole Leghissa in cooperation with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).
The panel participants will be:
The World Academy of Sciences (Trieste, Italy)
Edward Lempinen joined The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) as public information officer in 2013. He served as producer of the new TWAS documentary, “Science in Exile”, and has played a leadership role in the Academy’s initiatives in support of refugee and displaced scientists. In his years at TWAS, he has overseen production of a variety of films. He has provided communications support to programmes in education, research and science diplomacy, traveling in the Middle East, Africa and China.
Before joining TWAS, Mr. Lempinen served for nine years as senior writer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where he wrote and edited a monthly column in the journal Science and managed the association’s website. Previously, he was the news director at Salon.com, a pioneering online news site. He has been a reporter and editor at U.S. newspapers including the Chicago Sun-Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and Newsday (New York).
Committee of Human Rights for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (Washington, D.C.)
Patricia Evers is a Senior Program Officer with the Committee on Human Rights (CHR) of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has worked with the CHR since 1989, managing its case-based advocacy work in support of scientists, engineers, and health professionals suffering serious human rights abuses worldwide. She mobilizes 1,500 academy members to take action to assist colleagues at risk and organizes and takes part in country visits and publication of its findings. Ms. Evers helped create the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies, a group of more than 80 national academies worldwide, and oversees its advocacy-related work on behalf of professional colleagues. She received joint Masters degrees from Columbia University in International Affairs and Russian Studies.
S. Karly Kehoe:
Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, NS)