We are thrilled to announce that the Scholars at Risk Network 2018 Global Congress will be held in Berlin, Germany, 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.
We are delighted to host the 2018 SAR Global Congress in Berlin, in conjunction with the Humboldt Foundation’s annual workshop on the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. At a time of ongoing refugee crises; armed conflicts; and growing attacks on scholars, students, and universities around the world, the German higher education sector has made great efforts to welcome refugee scholars and students to German campuses. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has helped support many through the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, providing a model for other states, and together with long-time SAR member Freie Universität Berlin, helped to launch in 2016 the Scholars at Risk Germany Section, now including more than 30 German institutions. These actions, like those of so many SAR network members around the world, sends a strong message about the critical role the higher education community can play in guarding against threats to the values of the global knowledge community.
Now more than ever, we must come together to share and defend those values. Please save the dates and plan to join us in Berlin!