Advocacy Working Group

In general, discussion about topics like students’ rights, diversity and student mental health is shy. Yet, it is an empirical observation that
universities, the physical structure of higher education, are, in general, beacons of cooperation, reason, freedom and respect for diversity and pluralism, the foundations of a
healthy scientific community, which suggests that it is there that lies the greatest
responsability for setting a standard of respect for human dignity and cooperation towards
common good, mainly through scientific and technological development.

The observance of respect towards our rights as students and dignity as human beings is the basis for our development as scientists, in general, and physicists, in particular, as the apprehension of knowledge cannot go properly without just and favorable conditions, which we must defend and claim from decision-makers, starting with university administrations up to government officials.

It is, therefore, of utmost importance that we build a network of Physics students interested in contributing to our fundamental rights to proper, well-funded and affordable higher education and scientific research to be upheld wherever they are already broadly acknowledged and developed wherever they are yet to be recognised.

Diversity, peace, scientific research process – these are some of the many topics on which we can advocate for development.

If you have an interest in participating in the Advocacy Working Group, please send an e-mail to, with brief answers to the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in the subject off students’ rights?
  2. How do you think IAPS, through this working group, can contribute to the students’ rights movement and advocacy in general?
  3. What are the biggest issues your student community faces which could be addressed through advocacy?

These questions serve the purpose of making the distribution of tasks more effective.

For more information, do not hesitate in contacting me directly!

Duarte Graça
Advocacy Officer & Recruitment Manager