Press Release 01/09

Foundation of the European network of concerned scientists
"European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility"

Berlin (18 Sep 2009) - On September 18-19, 2009, the "European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility" (ENSSER) meets in Berlin/Germany for its first members' meeting and a strategy workshop.

ENSSER was founded by 10 scientists on August 27, 2009, in Troms¿/Norway to promote and secure independent research and information in developing and analysing new technologies and in assessing the risks of new products as for example genetically modified plants or chemicals.

The work of scientists who are not embedded in the networks of multinational companies in the chemistry, pharma and agro-sectors is increasingly threatened through restricted access to patented seeds(1) and other materials, through control over publications or through orchestrated attacks on the scientific and personal integrity(2).

Concepts for risk research as well as its conduct, its interpretation and the generated policy advice are more and more monopolised by industry-supported communities fostering mainly corporate interests.

While this allows for the smooth marketing of public and private research, it undermines socially and environmentally responsible research.

The aim of ENSSER is to promote critical and independent research and risk analysis and to inform about the results as well as to establish a platform for scientists to coordinate their work and to protect themselves against unjustified attacks.

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