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Webinar: “What can scholars do about the refugee crisis?”

MCAA/EuroScientist 2017 webinar series

The Marie Curie Alumni Association, in collaboration with EuroScientist, is hosting a round table “What can scholars do about the refugee crisis?”  on February 15 2017 at 17:00h CET.

Registration is now open

What can scholars do for the refugee crisis?

The devastation of Syria and countries in the region, and the resulting forced migration, is having a massive impact on its higher education system. Amongst the refugee population, there are as many as 2.000 university professionals and 100.000 university students, according to an estimate of the Institute of International Education made last year. This situation is the acute version of the broader problem of refugee science: when human rights are violated, academic freedom is always one of the first victims. But the situation is also an example of the flip side of the coin. That is, the creative ways that the scientific community has devised to tackle such tragedies.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Allan E. Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute of International Education, an organisation monitoring academic freedom and in providing concrete solutions, headquartered in New York, NY, USA.
  • Rose Anderson, Acting director of protection services of Scholars at Risk, an organisation ielping scholars exposed to violation of human and academic rights, headquartered in New York, NY, USA..
  • Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany. He is the promoter of the recently launched Philipp Schwartz Initiative, that will allow up to 20 scientists and scholars who are under threat from political persecution to continue their research at German universities and research institutions
  • Renata Suter, head of research at the Kiron Open Higher Education (based in Berlin, Germany, and Istanbul, Turkey) a mixed online-offline system to provide world-class education to displaced students.

The roundtable will be moderated by Dr. Michele Catanzaro (Science Journalist who is also a member of the Editorial Board at  EuroScientist).

This is an online event. Updates with the access link will be sent to the registered attendees before the event.

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