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Global conference turns spotlight on academic woes in Hungary

The heads of the International Science Council and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have spoken out in defence of academic freedom ahead of the World Science Forum in Hungary in November.

The 2019 World Science Forum, which runs from 20 to 23 November in Budapest, will see prominent advocates for scientific freedom speak at both the Hungarian parliament and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. With a theme of science, ethics and responsibility, the event is already drawing attention to problems Hungarian academics are experiencing in their interactions with the government. 

The conference is shaping up during a period of particular tension around academic freedom in Hungary. A proposed law, which the parliament began debating on 11 June, would bring the academy’s basic research network under government control, while the government has also been under fire for not authorising the Central European University to continue offering foreign-accredited courses in Budapest.

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