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Scholars at Risk Global Congress 2020

Registration is now open!

Scholars at Risk invites you to the SAR Network 2020 Global Congress on March 25-28, 2020, convened in partnership with Johns Hopkins University and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Rezvan Moghaddam at the 2018 SAR Global Congress. Credit: SAR/Humboldt Foundation/David Ausserhofer

The 2020 Global Congress theme, Truth, Power & Society: The Promise of Higher Education in Challenging Times reflects three core roles of higher education: research and teaching leading to new insights and understanding, evidence-based contributions to public discourse and policy, and meaningful engagement with the broadest public good. How scholars, students, leaders, and the public understand these roles goes to the heart of increasing pressures on higher education around the world—from outside infringements on autonomy to violent protests to wrongful prosecutions, imprisonment and more.


Join network members, partners and guests at the 2020 Global Congress to share experiences and develop good practices for navigating these pressures and capturing opportunities to protect threatened scholars, promote academic freedom and defend everyone’s freedom to think, question and share ideas.


Washington, DC
On March 25-26, AAAS and SAR will co-host a series of workshops and trainings on academic freedom advocacy.

Baltimore, MD
On March 26-28, Johns Hopkins University will host pre-meetings (including SAR Section meetings) and the 2020 Global Congress, including keynotes, plenaries, and breakouts in addition to networking and presentation of the 2020 Courage to Think Award.


To view the 2020 Global Congress program, click here. To see the most up-to-date program, check back for updates throughout the fall.


The 2020 Global Congress will feature the Courage to Think Award, which will be presented during the Courage to Think Award Dinner in Baltimore on March 27.

The Scholars at Risk Courage to Think Award recognizes individuals, groups or institutions that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to protecting scholars and promoting academic freedom, whether through their professional work, private or community service, or by facing personal risk. We are still accepting nominations. To submit a nomination, please complete the survey.


Registration is now open! To receive updates on the 2020 Congress, please subscribe to the Scholars at Risk monthly newsletter.

Conference rates are listed in the table below. SAR depends on registration fees to help cover the costs of the Global Congress. However, any individuals for whom the registration fee would be an obstacle should reach out to to discuss their situation.

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To take advantage of the group registration discount, please enter ‘Group’ in the promo code box when completing registration.


For travel details and information on hotels in the area, visit our Travel & Accommodations page.


The 2018 Global Congress in Berlin brought together over 500 university, government and nonprofit executives, faculty, staff, students, and scholars from over 250 organizations and 70 countries. Click here to download the 2018 SAR Global Congress Summary Report.


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