Scholars at Risk Europe




Scholars at Risk Europe, hosted at Maynooth University, is the European office of the global Scholars at Risk network. Its establishment in 2018 represented the culmination of nearly two decades of partnership between European higher education institutions and the global Scholars at Risk Network. The European office supports and coordinates the activities of Scholars at Risk national sections and partner networks across Europe to strengthen our collective voice and contribute to informed policymaking for the greater protection of scholars and increased respect for academic freedom worldwide.


From September 2019 to August 2022, Scholars at Risk Europe will coordinate a new ten-partner initiative– InSPIREurope–in support of researchers at risk. The initiative is funded under the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. InSPIREurope will forge a coordinated, cross-sectoral, Europe-wide alliance for researchers at risk.

InSPIREurope project partners include: Scholars at Risk Europe, hosted at Maynooth University, Ireland (Project Coordinator) • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Germany • European University Association • Jagiellonian University, Poland • University of Oslo, Norway • University of Gothenburg, Sweden • PAUSE program, hosted by the Collège de France • Stichting voor Vluchteling-Studenten UAF, Netherlands • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece • Scholz CTC GmbH, Germany

InSPIREurope begins from the view that excellence in research depends upon open scientific debate, and is driven by a multiplicity of ideas, cultures, people, and perspectives. When researchers are at risk and excluded from participating in the global research circuit, whether due to discrimination, persecution, suffering, or violence, not only are individual lives and careers at risk; the quality, the very future of research is also at stake. With record numbers of researchers at risk reaching out, there is no one country, government, NGO, or enterprise that can meet the scope of the challenge alone; an ambitious and concerted approach is required. Toward this goal, and in recognition of a shared commitment to excellence in research and to the principles of freedom of inquiry and academic freedom that are essential pre-conditions for world-class research, the InSPIREurope project will facilitate transnational cooperation between European and national initiatives and programs in support of researchers at risk. Further information, including project webpages, will be available when the project begins in September.

Launch of SAR Europe

The launch of SAR Europe was held at the European Parliament in Brussels on November 28th in association with a roundtable discussion on academic freedom. The event was hosted by Wajid Khan MEP, and featured remarks by Claude Moraes MEP, Mairead McGuinness MEP, representatives from SAR, and Maynooth University. Representatives from the Magna Charta Observatory, the European University Association, the University of Bremen, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the European External Action Service participated in the roundtable discussion on academic freedom.

Photographs from the launch of Scholars at Risk Europe