Forced out, Welcome in: European action for researchers at risk

September 3, 2020 2:30 - 4:00


Growing political turbulence around the world is contributing to a global increase in forced migration that increasingly involves scientists and intellectuals. Record numbers of academics and researchers are forced to move in order to exercise their freedom of research and teaching. There is no one state, government, NGO, or industry that can meet the scope of the challenge alone; an ambitious and concerted approach is required. Toward this goal, the European Commission, under the Marie Skodowska-Curie Actions, Horizon2020 and Erasmus+ programmes, is funding a number of initiatives across Europe in support of researchers at risk. This panel will spotlight the largest of these initiatives-InSPIREurope—which aims to build a coordinated, cross-sectoral, Europe-wide alliance for researchers at risk. In addition, because Trieste stands on the border between Eastern and Western Europe, the city is an ideal platform for testing strategic lines and new policies for the protection of scholars. In 2018, 10 international scientific institutions based in Friuli Venezia Giulia joined an initiative aimed at supporting refugee and asylum-seeker scientists. We propose a round table to discuss particularly these initiatives: • How the European policy environment might be improved to better support displaced scientists, including temporary hospitality measures in border areas and long-term strategies, and how to increase the active participation not only of the academic community but also of the non-academic sector in these measures; • The role of international diplomacy in achieving sustainable solutions, including a focus on the actions between fragile countries and on South-South support; • Displaced researchers as agents for change both during their displacement and/or in re-entry, their movement within scientific networks, contacts and transnational resources, connecting the countries of origin to diasporic communities.

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