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Threatened Researchers

KIT is a member of the Scholars at Risk Global Network (SAR) and the SAR Germany Section. Since 2016 KIT is hosting fellows in the Philipp Schwartz-Initiative launched by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Philipp Schwartz Initiative

 

News & Events

KIT receives Funding for Philipp Schwartz Fellowship for Displaced Foreign Researchers

Successful Concept of KIT to Support Threatened Scientists

 

KIT’s concept to support threatened scholars, primarily developed by the International Scholars and Welcome Office (IScO), has as its key objective the profound integration of displaced researchers into the scientific community and their new surroundings and will be implemented through a comprehensive assistance adapted to the special needs of threatened scientists by the hosting institute, IScO, and other departments and service providers at KIT. Apart from raising awareness of the special situation of fled researchers, the main focus lies on the scientific potentials of refugees.

In the context of the successful concept, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology since 2016 has been able to confer Philipp Schwartz Fellowships of KIT to threatened scientists that enables them to resume research at KIT for the duration of two years and to develop new perspectives in science with the support of their hosting institutes

 

Dossier Philipp Schwartz Initiative
Press release of KIT 2016

 

Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation:

8th Call:  http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/philipp-schwartz-initiative-en.html

Applications - by universities and research institutions which are entitled to nominate candidates only.  No direct applications possible.

For the internal selection procedure at KIT please see here. Internal Deadline: August 12, 2020.

 

 

 

 

SAR Global Network & SAR Germany

ANTWORT

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?

  • Venue: Foyer of the Presidential Building (Adolf Würth Building, bldg. 11.30), Ehrenhof, Engelbert-Arnold-Str. 2, KIT Campus South

Upcoming Lectures:

The pandemic situation unfortunately did not allow for a lecture in spring. We are planning for the next lecutre to t ake place in late autumn 2020.

 

Past Lectures:

 

Migration & Human Trafficking in the Global South: Cameroon to the Arab Gulf States
Dr. Jonathan Ngeh - Global South Studies Center, University of Cologne
Thursday, 13 February 2020, 6 p.m.
 

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

 

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

 

Workshops

 

Threatened Researchers 2018

A second workshop concerning the subject of Threatened Researchers took place on 6th December 2018. The workshop was organized by the International Scholars and Welcome Office (IScO) and by ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at KIT in cooperation with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Humboldt Regional Group Karlsruhe-Pforzheim e.V. within the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. Prior to the workshop a film screening of a documentary had been organized in the course of the World Science Café.
 

If the preconditions of science such as freedom and democracy are threatened, this has many potential consequences: the threat for researchers at an individual personal level as well as for science and academic work in general.
 

 Due to these developments, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation created a new initiative, the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. Its aim is to support threatened researchers. From the beginning, KIT successfully supported the initiative as a host institution with its own concept as well as in the Scholars at Risk Network.
 

This second workshop facilitated by International Scholars & Welcome Office (KIT) and the Centre for Cultural and General Studies at KIT (ZAK) had been designed for affected researchers, fellow academics, institutional and administrative employees of host institutions and supporting networks and the interested public as well.
 

The more than 30 participants from various countries and institutions and of different backgrounds discussed the global scientific community’s role and the awareness of responsibilities on various levels and the necessary exchange between science and society to promote academic freedom and university values in order to guarantee basic fundamental rights for scientists – as researchers, as innovators, as critical thinkers, as citizens.
 

The hosting of threatened foreign scientists by universities and research institutions in Germany is an important step. After three years of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative and other programs, the workshop’s purpose was to gain deeper insights into the success, disillusionments and lessons learned on the individual, administrative and scientific level. Problems include both visible and hidden barriers and conditions for their work, while host institutions are faced with highly individual situations and complex questions not only on the administrative level but also with regard to sharing responsibilities.
 

Apart from the reflection on success and challenges, the participants worked on new perspectives on the further development of possibilities of exiled researchers’ participation in the local scientific and societal communities.
 

On behalf of the teams of the International Scholars and Welcome Office and the Centre for Cultural and General Studies (ZAK), thank you to all participants for their contributions as speakers and debaters to this year´s workshop on and with Threatened Researchers at KIT: Science in Exile – Shared Responsibilities.
 

Download workshop program.
Link to past workshop (2017).

Short Profiles

 

  

Dr. Barbara Sheldon*

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

location

Bonn, Germany

e-mail

barbara sheldonOlj6∂avh de

short profile

Barbara Sheldon is Head of Division for Strategic Planning at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation as well as Managing Director of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative for supporting threatened scholars. She has worked in the field of research management for nearly twenty years, fifteen of them at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in various positions. Her responsibilities have included the development of a program for implementing “Welcome Centres for internationally mobile researchers” at universities in Germany, creating a German network of Welcome Centres and linking it to a European network of similar institutions (EURAXESS), as well as a program for promoting “research alumni relations”. Previously she worked as a fundraiser for the German Academic Exchange Service and as personal assistant to the President of the University of Heidelberg. Barbara holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Erlangen, Germany.

 

 

Shreya Balhara*

Scholars at Risk

location

New York City, NY USA

e-mail

ssb347Wmv6∂nyu edu

short profile

Shreya Balhara works with the protection services team at Scholars at Risk (SAR). SAR is an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission it is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. Shreya works with at-risk scholars and arranges temporary academic positions of refuge for them at member universities and colleges. She also provides these scholars with advisory and career support services. In addition to work with at-risk scholars, Shreya reviews applications from individuals seeking SAR’s assistance.

Prior to joining SAR, Shreya worked at PEN America, conducting advocacy efforts to address free expression violations and managing the emergency fund for at-risk writers. She received her M.A. in Human Rights with a focus on housing and development from Columbia University.

 

 

 

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Quesada°

Universidad del Rosario (Bogotá, Colombia

location

Bogotá, Colombia

e-mail

benjamin quesadaMuv5∂urosario edu co

short profile

Professor in Climatology, Leader of the Research Group ICE “Interactions Climate-Ecosystems”. Education: Mechanical engineer, M.Sc. in Environmental and Climate Sciences, PhD in Climatology (France), Post-doc in vegetation-atmosphere feedbacks (KIT, Germany); Main research areas: land-atmosphere interactions – deforestation impact on climate and carbon – extreme weather events – photovoltaic modelling.

personal statement

"Dear colleagues,

It is a pleasure to address you in the framework of this important event. I am pleased to see how this renowned research institute celebrates and promotes respect for human rights in the world of research, echoing the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on next December 10th. Within this framework, this space for dialogue and discussion is especially important for Colombia as it comes at a key moment in the construction of post-conflict, where environmental tensions are more visible than ever.

From the Research Group "Interactions Climate-Ecosystems (ICE)" of the Universidad del Rosario, I would like to extend a greeting and our solidarity with the researchers who are forced into exile because of their work. A worldwide network of researchers such as the one supported by the KIT seems to be the ideal scenario to find approaches and accompaniment mechanisms to strengthen the role of researchers in sensitive topics and places with the purpose of mitigating risk without sacrificing science.

A scheme of public-private and multi-stakeholder collaboration can become an important reference that promotes science in risk contexts and in issues such as environmental damage, land use, climate change and in the life of social communities, among others.

The international support that researchers at risk may receive in scenarios such as these reinforces the role of science in decision-making in different national realities. Its functioning through the networks of former KIT researchers and its interaction with the different regions of the world, gives the Project a unique relevance.

We are sure that this meeting will be an opportunity for dialogue and exchange of ideas that will contribute to the advancement of these and other topics of interest for the KIT and for researchers globally.

I wish you every success,

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Quesada"

  news Conference „Climate Change, Land Use and Food Security" (Bogotá, 22. Februar2019,  English/Spanish) :  Youtube channel of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics  from Universidad del Rosario

 

 

Nsikanabasi Silas Umo

Meteorology and Climate Research, KIT

location

Karlsruhe, Germany

e-mail

nsikanabasi umoUut1∂partner kit edu

short profile

Nsikanabasi Silas Umo holds a PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of Leeds, UK. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at IMK-AAF, KIT following his prestigious fellowship award by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He studies ice nucleation properties of anthropogenic and natural aerosol particles in a world-class aerosol/cloud simulation chamber. He has broad research interests in aerosol-cloud interactions, and in biogeochemical interactions/transformation of aerosol particles in the atmosphere. Nsikanabasi hails from Nigeria, Africa.

personal statement

“Threatened researchers face enormous challenges which require great attention. Some academics are facing imminent life threats, persecution, lack of research freedom due to political and socio-economic crises. The academic community, governments, civil societies, and individuals must work together to ensure that such scholars are assisted to regain their academic freedom. We must put an end to the persecution of academics all over the world to promote freedom of thoughts and research that are geared towards the collective development and progress of humanity. KIT has taken giant steps in leading a discourse on this theme and also backing it with commendable initiatives. I am extremely happy to identify with these efforts."

 

 

Philipp Schrögel°

Institute for German Studies, KIT

location

Karlsruhe, Germany

e-mail

philipp schroegelSsf1∂kit edu

short profile

Philipp Schrögel is a researcher at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He received his Diploma in Physics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and his Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the junior research group “Science In Presentations” and project head of „Science for all“. He also works as a freelancer in science communication. His focus in research and practice lies on participatory, inclusive and creative approaches to science communication, from citizen science to science slams or science comics.

personal statement

The world is facing many challenges – from climate change to increasing nationalism and conflicts around the globe. Scientists need to take on an important role in addressing these challenges and communicate about their research. But they are also often threatened themselves when following their ideals and speaking out. I am glad about the support and solidarity of the international scientific community and initiatives like the Philipp Schwartz program – but I hope that more colleagues get engaged as supporters and raise their voices. Now is not the time to hide behind an assumed objective neutrality. Science communication is inherently political and is needed as contribution to political and societal debates.

 

 

Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha*

ZAK - Centre for Cultural and General Studies, KIT

location

Karlsruhe, Germany

e-mail

caroline robertsonHul2∂kit edu

short profile

Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson‐von Trotha is director of ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at KIT. She was born in Glasgow/Scotland in 1951. After her studies in sociology, philosophy, political science and history in Heidelberg and Karlsruhe she finalized her doctoral dissertation in sociology and habilitated at the University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT) in 2004. She is founding director of the ZAK at KIT.

Her research focuses on cultural change and globalisation, internationalisation, multiculturalism, as well as theory and practice of public science. She is coordinator of the German network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, member of the Culture Committee of the German UNESCO Commission, and chairwoman of the Academic Council for Culture and Foreign Policy (WIKA) at the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa). In addition, in 2009 she was part of the impromptu EU Focus Working Group on Science and Culture, 2010 Reviewer of the European Commission's 7th Research Framework Program in Science in Society "Encouraging a European Dimension at Science Events", 2018 Reviewer for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to evaluate applications for the Institute for Social Cohesion.

 

 

 

 

Daniela von Rüden

International Affairs, KIT

location

Karlsruhe, Germany

e-mail

daniela ruedenFsz5∂kit edu

short profile

Geographer, development cooperation.

personal statement

Coordinator for the integration of refugees.

 

 

Ekrem Duzen*

Institut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung, Universität Bielefeld

location

Bielefeld, Germany

e-mail

ekrem duzenDbi5∂uni-bielefeld de

short profile

Philipp Schwartz fellow at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence, Bielefeld University, Germany.  MS in Clinical Psychology, MS in Philosophy of Science, PhD in Applied Psychology.  Psychotherapist. Main works on youth participation; child and adolescent development; psychocultural formation of self; testing and measurement. Trainer and consultant for national and international civil society organizations. Currently working on (1) everyday reproduction of discrimination, othering, and exclusion, (2) national and transnational youth mobility, (3) threats to academic freedom.

 

 

 

Prof. Dr. Jeff Wilkesman

Hochschule Mannheim

location

Mannheim, Germany

e-mail

j wilkesmanLaf2∂hs-mannheim de

short profile

Doctor rer.nat. Biochemistry, Johannes Gutenberg – University of Mainz

Visiting Researcher, Durham University,  UK

Visiting Lecturer, University of Toulouse, ENSAT, France

Lecturer, Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) Mannheim / Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Mannheim, Germany

Research topics:

Enzyme characterization for biotechnological purposes

Development of Zymography methods

 

 

 

Dr. Johannes Müller*

International Science, University of Cologne

location

Cologne, Germany

e-mail

j muellerHrc5∂verw uni-koeln de

short profile

Since 2014 Head of Dept. “International Science” within the International Office. 
Responsible for the Welcome Centre, the coordination of international partnership networks and research cooperation, threatened scholars support, digital Internationalization and for the Cologne Global Study Program (an English-taught  short term study program for intercontinental exchange students). 
Johannes holds an MA in History, Political Science and Roman Languages from the University of Cologne and a PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute, Florence/Italy. He is also teaching Contemporary European History at the University of Cologne.

 

personal statement

Supporting threatened researchers in academia is as much humanitarian as it is utilitarian: hosting a researcher can only be beneficial in case of successful scientific cooperation!

 

 

Katarzyna Schubert-Panecka

Business Mediation & Intercultural Communication - Research Group on Mediation

location

Karlsruhe, Germany

e-mail

kspAgt2∂schubert-panecka eu

short profile

Experienced international commercial mediator, mediation and management trainer and educator, business coach and conflict researcher.

Since 2009 she teaches Mediation and Constructive Communication at the Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Cross Border Mediation and Intercultural Communication for different companies and education organisations especially from Germany and Poland, but also from Switzerland, Austria and other countries. Her areas of expertise are furthermore Conflict Prevention and Transformation, especially in the Cross Border Disputes, Elder Mediation and Resilience of individuals and teams in the modern world.

 

 

 

Katja Machacsek

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

location

Bonn, Germany

e-mail

Katja Machacsek

short profile

Katja Machacsek is Programme Officer in the Philipp Schwartz Initiative at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She supports universities and research institutions hosting or planning to host threatened foreign researchers. Prior to this, she worked six years in the Foundation’s international research marketing programme for promoting “research alumni relations”. Katja holds a university degree in translation gained from the University of Heidelberg.

 

 

 

Kirsten Sonnenschein°

Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

location

Tübingen, Germany

e-mail

welcomecenterNhj2∂uni-tuebingen de

short profile

2010 foundation of the Welcome Center of Tübingen University - development and establishment of the services for international researchers and scholars - since 2016 member of SAR and member of steering group SAR German Section - hosting of threatened scholars funded by PSI, BWFPS, Gerda Henkel - primary task hosting of approx. 500 new arriving international scholars each year.

personal statement

We must not close our eyes to the loss of democracy worldwide. Even if each one of us can only contribute a tiny part, we should take these small steps. After all, even the oceans are made up of drops.

 

 

Özge Celikaslan

Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe

location

Karlsruhe, Germany

e-mail

ocelikaslanQao6∂hfg-karlsruhe de

short profile

PhD candidate at HfG Karlsruhe Media Theory Department (previously at Ankara University Film Studies Department). Signatory of Academics for Peace Petition and member of Academics for Peace Association in Germany.

 

 

 

Dr. Petra Roth*

International Affairs, KIT

location

Karlsruhe, Germany

e-mail

petra rothThw6∂kit edu

short profile

Head of the International Scholars and Welcome Office, sub-division of the International Affairs Business Unit of KIT. Main activities: Strategic development of professional and individualized support for internationally mobile researchers and promotion of their participation in the KIT community. This includes a comprehensive concept of hosting at-risk scholars of KIT as well as liaisons of KIT with research alumni for mutual benefits.

Representative for KIT with the Scholars at Risk Global Network (SAR), member of the steering group of the SAR Germany Section in support of persecuted scientists.

Education: Forest Engineering (USP, Brazil); Doctorate in Biology/Plant Physiology (Universität Karlsruhe)

personal statement

A contribution to promoting the dialogue between persecuted scientists with their peers inside and outside of KIT as well as to holding the awareness of the scientific and general communities to the threats and intimidation of researchers and students due to their academic activities.

 

Swenja Zaremba

ZAK - Centre for Cultural and General Studies, KIT

location

Karlsruhe, Germany

e-mail

swenja zarembaZoy6∂kit edu

short profile

Project Management and Research Assistant at the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany and Co-Coordinator of the German network of the Anna Lindh Foundation. She holds a Master’s Degree in Science of Literature and Journalism. In her research, teaching and projects she addresses Euro- Arab cultural topics, questions of foreign cultural policies and the integration of civil society and topics of intercultural exchange in Higher education. She is a member of the strategic working group on “Civil Society” for Germany’s cultural relations and education policy. She presently works on the programme “Advocacy Training – Intercultural Online Debate” within the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange pilot initiative.

 

 

 

Prof. Dr. Orestis Terzidis°

Institute of Entrepreneurship, KIT

location

Karlsruhe, Germany

e-mail

orestis terzidisDuo3∂kit edu

personal statement

Freedom of science is a precious good, and it is not respected everywhere. The hosting of threatened scientists can be a contribution to alleviate the consequences.

 

 

 

 

Svetlana Strobel

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

location

Bonn, Germany

e-mail

Svetlanda Strobel

short profile

Svetlana Strobel is Programme Officer in the Philipp Schwartz Initiative at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She supports universities and research institutions hosting or planning to host threatened foreign researchers. Prior to this, she worked more than four years for the World Health Organization as Administrative Assistant and five years as Marketing Specialist for an American software company. Svetlana holds a university degree in business administration gained from the University of Marburg.

 

 

 

Frauke Bolch

Women and Profession Karlsruhe

location

Karlsruhe, Germany

e-mail

Frauke BolchFnw2∂wirtschaftsstiftung de

short profile

The points of contact Women and Profession Karlsruhe is one of twelve contact points in Baden-Württemberg, which are funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg as part of the state program "contact points for women and profession". The contact point is in the house of the Wirtschaftsstiftung Südwest in Karlsruhe. We are committed to equal opportunities for women in working life. Vocational orientation, starting a business, rejoining the labour market or promotions: The points of contact Women and Profession give advice and support to women at all stages in their professional life -  tailored to the current phase of their lives. At a structural level, this means improving the basic conditions of female employment. We give impulses in events, committees and projects. We work together with chambers, employment agencies, companies and other labor market players to support a family-friendly and life-oriented human resources policy. We initiate the expansion of educational offerings with innovative, female-specific courses. The constructive cooperation with regional women's networks is an important part of our work.

 

 

 

Lisa Ziegler

HAW Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS)

location

Würzburg/Karlsruhe, Germany

e-mail

lisa zieglerSop3∂fhws de

short profile

BA Social Work

MA International Social Work with Refugees and Migrants

Scientific Assistant at HAW Würzburg

Project Coordinator of DAAD Higher Education Dialogue with Lebanon & Jordan

 

 

 

 

* Speakers
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   Participants

 

 

Threatened Researchers 2017

 
 
Was müssen Einrichtungen wie das KIT und seine Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler tun, um gefährdete Kolleginnen und Kollegen zu integrieren? Welche Unterstützung brauchen sie, wo liegen die Chancen? Darum drehte sich ein Workshop Mitte Dezember, den das KIT mit Unterstützung der Humboldt-Stiftung gemeinsam mit der Deutschen Gesellschaft der Humboldtianer und deren Regionalgruppe Karlsruhe-Pforzheim veranstaltete.

 

Vertreterinnen und Vertreter der Netzwerke Council for at Risk Academics (Cara) und Scholars at Risk (SAR) diskutierten mit Forschenden, die aus einer bedrohlichen Lage unter anderem ans KIT gekommen sind und ihren wissenschaftlichen Weg weitergehen wollen, und ihren Gastgebern.Gemeinsam loteten sie Wege der Zusammenarbeit und Unterstützung auf unterschiedlichen Ebenen aus, exilierte Forschende in die hiesige Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft aufzunehmen, und welche Vermittlerrolle nicht betroffene Kollegen und Netzwerke dabei übernehmen können.

 

Professorin Caroline Robertson-von Trotha vom Zentrum für Angewandte Kulturwissenschaft und Studium Generale (ZAK) am KIT moderierte eine Diskussionsrunde zu Herausforderungen und Chancen für Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler, die aus Krisenregionen nach Deutschland kommen. Meri Uhlig, Integrationsbeauftragte der Stadt Karlsruhe, hielt es für wichtig, dass eine Stadt wie Karlsruhe aus dem Bewusstsein ihrer Stärke und Attraktivität heraus eine Haltung der Offenheit und des Willkommens geflüchteten Menschen gegenüber zeigt. Stephen Wordsworth, Executive Director von Cara, und Karen-Lise Scheie Knudsen von der SAR-Sektion in Norwegen, sprachen darüber, wie Netzwerke und Hochschulen bei der Integration gefährdeter Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler zusammenarbeiten und wie diese finanziert werden kann. Professorin Rahel Schomaker von der Fachhochschule Kärnten ging auf den europäischen Kontext ein, Dr. Petra Roth vom International Scholars and Welcome Office am KIT auf die Unterstützung, die Forscherinnen und Forscher benötigen, um sich eine neue Perspektive aufzubauen.

 

Im Lauf des Workshops entwickelten die mehr als 30 Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer Kurzbotschaften in englischer Sprache, die sie über soziale Medien streuen wollen, um so eine breite Öffentlichkeit über die Situation gefährdeter Wissenschaftler zu informieren. Zum Beispiel: „Das Kümmern um gefährdete Wissenschaftler braucht institutionelle Unterstützung, um nachhaltig und effektiv zu sein.“ Das bieten etwa die mittlerweile drei Philipp Schwartz-Stipendien, mit denen das KIT gefährdete Wissenschaftler in die Lage versetzt, zwei Jahre zu forschen und neue Perspektiven in der Wissenschaft zu entwickeln. Andere Kurzbotschaften betonen, wie Integration akademische Institutionen bereichert: “Gefährdete Wissenschaftler zu unterstützen, fördert die Freiheit der Forschung und des Teilens von Ideen.“ Oder sie zielen auf soziale Aspekte der Integration: “Je mehr wir gefährdeten Wissenschaftlern und ihren Familien helfen, sich in Karlsruhe zu Hause zu fühlen, umso besser integrieren wir sie als Individuen und Forscher.“
 

Programm

 

Panel Discussion Speakers

 

Stephen Wordsworth, Executive Director of CARA, born in 1955 in Port Talbot, South Wales, former British diplomat, now Executive Director of the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA).

Read more.  

Educated at St John’s School Porthcawl, Epsom College and Downing College Cambridge, where he studied German and Russian (MA). Wordsworth joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1977. In London, he held a range of posts in the FCO and Cabinet Office, including as FCO Section Head for relations with East Germany and Berlin as the Berlin Wall came down. In 1992 he was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen with the award of Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order for his part in the organisation of her State Visit that year to Germany. After leaving the FCO, Wordsworth joined the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA) as Executive Director in 2012. Wordsworth was a member of the first cohort to take the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Certificate course, graduating in 2012. He is also a member of the British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce and of North chapel Parish Council in West Sussex.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen-Lise Scheie Knudsen from the University of Adger and Head of Scholars at Risk, Norway Section.

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Faced with the difficult circumstances of an Iranian activist and scholar of political science who is facing threats due to his writing and activist affiliations and has been arrested and kept in solitary confinement for four months, Karen-Lise Knudsen, worked with speed and grace to safely provide the scholar with sanctuary in Norway. The scholar even lost his university position while in prison.

Understanding the urgency of the scholar’s case, Karen took it upon herself to get the scholar’s residence permit as quickly as possible by assuming power of attorney and submitting all the documents herself. All the while, the University of Agder worked closely with Karen and SAR to ensure the scholar’s swift escape to safety.

Thanks to Karen’s hard work and dedication, the scholar received a visa and made the journey from Iran to Norway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neda Soltani, Representative Scholars Rescue Fund (SRF), exiled researcher at Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, born 1977 in Isfahan, Neda Soltani is an Iranian exile.

Read more. 

During the 2009 Iranian election protests, she was teaching English at Azad University when her Facebook profile photo was mistakenly published in many articles about the death of the similarly-named Neda Agha-Soltani, who was shot and killed during the protests. She tried in vain to remove her photo from the Internet and the media. Claims and counter-claims were made, including claims from the Iranian government that she was the same person as Agha-Soltani, and had faked her own death, and others who claimed that she was herself an agent of the Iranian government, impersonating Agha-Soltani to sully her memory.

Within two weeks, she had to flee from Iran to avoid arrest. She was granted asylum in Germany in 2010. As of 2012, Soltani remains exiled from Iran, and is under Germany's asylum. She has authored a book, My Stolen Face, narrating her story of the incident.

 

 

 

 

 

Social scientist Meri Uhlig was born in 1973 in Karlsruhe and is currently the Integration Officer of the City.

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After working for the Integration Officer of the city of Mannheim she worked for many years for the state government of Baden-Württemberg in the field of integration - initially in the Ministry of Justice and then in the Ministry of Integration. Since 2013 she is the Integration Officer of the City of Karlsruhe. Meri Uhlig is married and has two children.

Creating social diversity and strengthening social cohesion are two sides of the same coin. For Meri Uhlig these two tasks are the core of her profession. It is important that people, irrespective of their origin or economic power, are part of society and find opportunities to actively participate. This also means that people are aware that they shape society and then actively appear. For Meri Uhlig, integration is the interplay of ability, willingness and permission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson‐von Trotha was born in Glasgow/Scotland in 1951. She is founding member and director of the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

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After her studies in sociology, philosophy, and history in Heidelberg and Karlsruhe she finalized her doctoral dissertation in sociology and habilitated at the University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT) in 2004.

Her research focuses on cultural change and globalisation, internationalisation, multiculturalism, as well as theory and practice of public science. She is coordinator of the German network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, member of the Culture Committee of the German UNESCO Commission, and chairwoman of the Academic Council for Culture and Foreign Policy (WIKA) at the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Dr. Rahel Schomaker, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Professor for Economics and Senior Researcher at German Research Institute for Public Administration.

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As an economist with an additional degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, Rahel M. Schomaker obtained her PhD in 2009 at Muenster University, her venia legendi in 2012 at the German University of Administrative Sciences.

Much of her academic work is dedicated to issues the Middle East. Her research is focused on institutions and their relevance for development and growth, not only on the macro-level, but also the micro-level, as well as on security issues and research related to transition processes in the public administration as well as the governance of migration. Additionally, she works with national and international institutions in consultancy projects.

 

Other Workshops

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initiatives – Networks – Funding - Mentoring and Support

 

Initiatives and General Information at KIT

 

 

Further Networks and Platforms: Germany+Europa (External Links)

 

  • Scholars at Risk - German section: www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/sar-germany-section-en
    • The German Section of the global Scholars at Risk Network is composed of German universities, research institutions and science organizations that campaign to support and offer sanctuary to researchers under threat as well as to protect academic freedom.

 

  • Germany Platform: www.chance-for-science.de 
    • Social network for refugees and local scientists. It also lists offers from German universities and research centers for migrants.

 

  • Helmholtz Association Refugee Initiative: www.helmholtz.de/en/about_us/the_association/
    • The Helmholtz Association, in a joint endeavour with the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency), launched a new initiative in mid-December 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Scholars at Risk

Scholars at Risk is an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission it is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom.

 

 

 

Scholars at Risk - German section

The German Section of the global Scholars at Risk Network is composed of German universities, research institutions and science organisations that campaign to support and offer sanctuary to researchers under threat as well as to protect academic freedom

 

Scholars Rescue Fund

Rescuing persecuted scholars and preserving their lives, voices and ideas around the globe.

 

Cara (Council for At-Risk Academics)

Helps academics in immediate danger and supports higher education institutions whose continuing work is at risk or compromised.

 

DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

The main task of the DFG is to select the best projects by researchers at universities and research institutions and to finance these projects. The DFG facilitates the participation of scientists and academics who have fled their home countries in research projects

 

 

TU9

Germany Institutes of Technology supporting Integration of Refugees in Germany.

 

 

German Rectors’ Conference (HRK)

Universities for openness, tolerance and against xenophobia - Nationwide campaign by HRK member universities.

 

The aim of the program: to enable persecuted scientists to pursue their research work at a university in Baden-Württemberg, regardless of their nationality or subject area. 

 

              German initiative offering scholarships for talented refugees and enabling them with studying                          opportunities at universities

               AGYA brings together excellent Arab and German scholars to face shared challenges and develop                     solutions through research cooperation.

 

International / Worldwide Networks: SAR, cara, SRF

 

       Scholars at Risk

Scholars at Risk is an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission it is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom.

 

Scholars Rescue Fund

Rescuing persecuted scholars and preserving their lives, voices and ideas around the globe.

 

Cara (Council for At-Risk Academics)

Helps academics in immediate danger and supports higher education institutions whose continuing work is at risk or compromised.

 

Kiron

Social startup providing higher education to refugees.

 

        United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UN-UNHCR)

New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants: Political will for saving lives and protecting rights of refugees and migrants around the globe.

 

Report: “Missing Out – Refugees Education in Crisis”

A report about the current educational situation of young refugees of school-age under UNHCR’s mandate.

 

ReDI- School of Digital Integration

A non-profit digital school for tech-interested newcomers applying for asylum in Germany

Read more: “Diese Flüchtlinge könnten Ihre neuen Entwickler sein”

 

Network of Universities from the Capital of Europe (UNICA)

A network bringing together 46 Member Universities from 35 capital cities of Europe to facilitate international collaborations and promote academic leadership

Read more: UNICA-SAR Seminar on Academic Freedom

 

Useful Information and Activities for the Integration of Refugees

 

  • RefugeeGuide Online: Provide first information about Germany in more than 15 different languages.

 

 

 

 

  • Bildungscafé for refugees in Karlsruhe: provide deeper insights about life in Germany through e.g. visiting cultural institutions and further education in language skills. 

 

 

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
    SAR's 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 II: Science in Exile - Shared Responsibilities. A second workshop concerning the subject of Threatened Researchers took place on 6th December 2018. The workshop was organized by the International Scholars and Welcome Office (IScO) and by ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at KIT in cooperation with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Humboldt Regional Group Karlsruhe-Pforzheim e.V. within the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. Prior to the workshop a film screening of a documentary had been organized in the course of the World Science Café. 

     
  • 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.