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Title: Forced out, Welcome in: European Action for Researchers at Risk
Other Titles: 14.30-16.00
Trieste Convention Center Room 28H, Porto Vecchio, Trieste
Authors: Roberta Altin
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università di Trieste
Issue Date: 3-Sep-2020
Related Event: Science Programme
Mustapha Jazar, Founder and Director Lebanese Association for Scientific Research -LASeR
Marit Egner, University of Oslo
Tuba Inal-Cekic, Humboldt University- Berlin
Claire Morel, Head of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - MSCA, European Commission

Ester Gallo, Associate Professor in Anthropology the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento

L’aumento delle migrazioni forzate su scala globale coinvolge sempre più scienziati e studiosi, con un numero crescente di accademici e ricercatori costretti a spostarsi per esercitare la loro libertà di ricerca e di insegnamento. Trieste, collocata al confine tra Europa orientale e occidentale, è una piattaforma ideale per testare linee strategiche e nuove politiche per la protezione degli studiosi; nel 2018 dieci istituzioni scientifiche internazionali (UNITS, UNIUS; SISSA, ICTP, ICGEB, Twas, OGS, IAP, INAF, FIT) con sede in Friuli Venezia Giulia hanno aderito a un'iniziativa volta a sostenere gli scienziati rifugiati e richiedenti asilo. La Commissione europea sta inoltre finanziando una serie di iniziative in tutta Europa a sostegno dei ricercatori a rischio, specie InSPIREurope. La tavola rotonda è stata progettata in sinergia tra il CIMCS di UNITS, la rete di istituzioni scientifiche del MoU e la rete di Scholars at Risk per discutere in particolare:
• In che modo potrebbe essere migliorato l'ambiente politico europeo per sostenere meglio gli scienziati a rischio? Qual è il ruolo della diplomazia internazionale nel raggiungimento di soluzioni sostenibili?
• Come possono gli scienziati rifugiati fungere da agenti per il cambiamento all'interno di reti scientifiche, in collegamento con il paese di origine e le comunità diasporiche? 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.

Mustapha Jazar, is a professor in the mathematics department at Lebanese University in Tripoli, Lebanon. In 2008 he founded the Lebanese Association for Scientific Research (LASeR), and in 2013 LASeR created an academic programme for refugees in Lebanon. The Scholarships for Syrians programme has provided undergraduate scholarships for hundreds of young refugees, plus some master's degree scholarships to train teachers. Dr. Jazar has published three books and more than 50 research papers in peer-reviewed publications. He has guided the work of more than 35 master's degree students and 26 PhD students. He has made more than 30 visits to more than 20 foreign universities. He was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2016, a prestigious honour for leading social entrepreneurs. LASeR launched three years ago the City Fund, program aiming to leverage the higher education for underprivileged people by offering 50% of the tuition fees and zero-interest loan for the remaining fees. The city fund is helping annually hundreds of students in Lebanon acquiring quality higher education.,
Claire Morel, is the Head of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions for the mobility and training of researchers and the development of excellent doctoral programmes, at the European Commission. Before that she was the Head of the Unit for international cooperation at DG Education, Culture, Youth and Sport of the European Commission, with particular focus on the international dimension of the Erasmus+ programme and international policy dialogues in higher education and youth issues with various partners of the EU in the world. She has worked several years with the countries neighbouring the EU. Before that, she worked for the Tempus programme (for higher education modernisation), cooperating with Central Asian countries, and for the European Training Foundation, an agency of the EU based in Turin, on the reform of vocational education and training systems in the Eastern neighbouring countries and Central Asia.
Ester Gallo is Associate Professor in Anthropology the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento. She is University Delegate for Academic and International Solidarity and national co-coordinator of Scholars at Risk -Italy. She previously held research and teaching positions at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies – EUI, the University of Gediz, the University of Perugia, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sussex. Her research interests cut across migration, religion, gender and reproductive labour, family relations, colonial history and memory. Recent work includes: Migration and Religion in Europe. Comparative Perspectives on South Asian Experiences (ed. Routledge, 2016); Migration, Masculinities and reproductive Labour: Men of the Home (Palgrave 2016, with Francesca Scrinzi); The Fall of God. Memories, Kinship and Middle Classes in South India (Oxford University Press, 2017).
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