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More Swedish universities are ready to welcome researchers that live under threat

News: May 18, 2018

The Scholars at Risk network is growing, both worldwide and within Sweden. Four Swedish universities are now ready to host researchers that are under threat in their home countries.

Since its inception in 2000, the network has continued to grow. Today, 530 universities in 40 countries are members. The aim of the network is to promote and protect academic freedom, and to offer protection for those scholars who cannot be active in their own countries. Every year, more than a hundred researchers are placed at foreign institutions.

Coordinating the Swedish section

The University of Gothenburg is the coordinating institution for the Swedish section of the network (SAR-Sweden). “We have shown that these matters are important, and the Swedish section is now growing. This autumn, four Swedish universities are getting ready to host threatened researchers,” says Karolina Catoni, contact person for Scholars at Risk at the University of Gothenburg.

On behalf of the network, Karolina has applied for and received funding from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, an independent Swedish foundation supporting research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The funds allow members of the Swedish section of SAR to apply for generous co-financing of a humanities or social sciences SAR scholar.

Hosting a researcher

To date, the University of Gothenburg has hosted four SAR-scholars. The university is getting ready to host a fifth scholar this autumn.

“Several departments at the University of Gothenburg have expressed an interest in hosting a researcher. It is important that the academic match is good, so that the scholar can continue to grow as a researcher, and to strengthen his or her competencies and competitiveness in the labour market here in Sweden. It is rare that the researchers can return to their home country after only one year,” says Karolina Catoni.

Fifty percent från Turkey

Karolina has recently returned from Berlin, where the network's global congress was held. “Nowadays, more than fifty percent of the researchers that are given assistance from SAR come from Turkey. The situation in Turkey has become more difficult after the failed coup d’etat in 2016. Many Syrian researchers are also in need of assistance. After the United States issued restrictions on immigration, researchers from some countries could no longer be placed there. Now, instead, they get a placement in Europe,” she says.

Read more about Scholars at Risk here.

Contact: Karolina Catoni, International Centre

Photo: Johan Wingborg. The picture shows Anas Al Khabour, one of the researchers from the SAR network that the University of Gothenburg has helped.
 

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Originally published on: medarbetarportalen.gu.se

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