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Threatened Researchers

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed various actions and offerings to support the integration of refugees. Central Website

Support for at-risk academics at post -doctoral level

  • Philipp Schwartz Initiative  launched by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
    Fellowships and promotion of the awareness of the scientific community of situations faced by threatened and displaced researchers. Read more
  • Scholars at Risk Global Network (SAR)
    KIT is one of the twenty founding members of the German Section of SAR, and is also represented in the section's steering group. Read more
    Our annual report on attacks on higher education communities: Free to Think 2017
  • More information on initiatives, platforms and networks in support of refugees and threatened researchers at KIT and other universities or entities -  please see here.
  • Workshop - Threatened Researchers - The Power of Science. The meeting, which took place on December 12, 2017, 2 pm, was aiming to raise and sustain the awareness about this important topic and to address the needs of this especially vulnerable group of mobile researchers. Even more so we hoped to promote the dialogue and mutual understanding among fellow researchers and fathom out the possibilities of supporting threatened researchers e.g. via networks such as the Humboldt network.
    Program. Report. Panel Speakers. Photos.

News & Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

  • Scholars at Risk Network 2018 Global Congress – 23th -  26th April, 2018, Berlin, Germany


"The Scholars at Risk Network 2018 Global Congress will be held in Berlin, Germamy, 23-26 April, 2018, in partnership with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Freie Universität Berlin, and Scholars at Risk Germany Section.

The SAR Global Congress provides an opportunity for members and partners to gather, share experiences hosting at-risk scholars, learn about new activities for faculty, staff, and students, and discuss current issues and strategies for promoting academic freedom and related higher education values. The 2016 SAR Global Congress in Montreal drew more than 180 people from 87 universities in 37 countries for four days of workshops, keynotes, plenaries, section meetings, and parallel sessions."

More: https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/

World Science Cafe

In the event series World Science Café, fled and threatened scientists offer insights into their research

Since the winter term of 2016/17, the ZAK, in cooperation with the International Scholars & Welcome Office (IScO) has been hosting a new series of events during which refugees report about their scientific work. In line with the title-giving café concept, a brief outline will be followed by a discussion about the state of academia in the speakers’ country of origin, in dialogue with a partner who is familiar with the situation in the respective country. What are the consequences a society faces when scientists are unable to continue research in their own country? How can threatened scientists be enabled to continue their work in Germany? How do they enrich and amplify the academic world and German society?


Next Lecture:

Neoliberal Regimes and Their Gendered Body-Bio-Politics: The Case of AKP in Turkey
Prof. Dr. Betül Yarar - Educational Sciences, University of Bremen
Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 6pm


Past Lectures:

Refugees and Migrants – Social and Economic Integration
Afaf Rahim - Institute for World Economics, University of Kiel
Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 6pm


The Syrian Crysis - A Philosophical and Legal Overview
Dr. Anan Alsheikh Haidar - Institute for International Peace and Security Law, University of Cologne
Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 6pm


Wandel der Rechtsstaatlichkeit und Unterdrückung der Meinungsfreiheit
Dr. Zafer Yilmaz - Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Potsdam
Mittwoch, 19 Juli 2017, 18 Uhr


On Refugee Lives, or A Note on Human Condition
Prof. Dr. Hande Birkalan-Gedik - Institut für Soziologie, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Mittwoch, 15 Februar 2017, 18 Uhr


Das syrische Kulturerbe in Krisenzeiten
Prof. Dr. Ammar Abdulrahman - Institut für die Kulturen des Alten Orients, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Mittwoch, 01 Februar 2017, 18 Uhr


Beteiligung ausländischer Gruppen im Konflikt um Syrien: Status Quo und Zukunftsperspektiven
Prof. Dr. Hussein Almohamad - Institut für Geographie, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Mittwoch, 30 November 2016, 18 Uhr

Past Events

- World Science Cafe current & past lectures


- Threatened Researchers Workshop 2017

- The first Workshop of the German SAR Section “aiming at facilitating the exchange of expertise and best practices amongst institutions in Germany” will be held on 27th -28th . April  2017 in Berlin.

- Presentations about Philipp Schwartz Initiative and Scholars at Risk at

12th Humboldt-Tag at KIT 27th Oktober 2016

9. Annual Meeting of the German Society of Humboldtians   28th -29th  October 2016, at KIT










Impressions of the 12th Humboldt-Tag on 27th Okt. 2016

- Workshop on Philipp Schwartz Initiative in the frame of International Networking Days at KIT on September 28th