breakout sessions for participants from various regions had been arranged again so that participants could become better acquainted, discuss issues of science and human rights of particular concern to their academies and within their specific regions, and identify what steps might be taken to strengthen representation within the Network by their own academies and scholarly societies and those academies in their regions that are not involved with the Network.

[The Plenary session was then interrupted so that participants could join their specific geographic breakout groups for several hours of discussion before rejoining the plenary at the end of the day.]

This proceedings has been prepared from audio tapes made during the Network meeting. We have tried to transcribe what was said as accurately as possible and to properly identify the various speakers during the discussion sessions. However, we experienced some audio problems, various participants failed to identify themselves every time they spoke, and others neglected to speak directly into the microphone so certain questions and comments were not audible. We apologize for any consequent inaccuracies in the text or if we inadvertently misidentified or misquoted any of the participants. Every effort was made to maintain the accuracy of the original presentation.

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