The Swiss Section (SAR Switzerland) promotes the values and work of Scholars at Risk by hosting at-threat scholars, sharing good practice and initiating joint activities. Scholars seeking placement at a higher education institution in Switzerland through the services of SAR are advised to consult this information for prospective SAR scholars in Switzerland.
SAR Switzerland comprises 40 member institutions. The Assembly is the highest authority, supported by a Steering Committee with Roger Pfister as Chair (Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences), Annie Cottier (University of Bern), Mathieu Crettenand (University of Geneva), Sara Elmer (University of Zurich), Luna Iacopini (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland HES-SO). See also: Terms of Reference
May 11, 2022
The Swiss Section of SAR prominently featured in the May 2022 SAR Newsletter. With its roots in 2008, when the first higher education institution in Switzerland joined the global SAR network, SAR Switzerland gradually grew in size and strength. The number of at-risk scholars hosted multiplied over the last few years and now stands at close to 120.Read More
April 21, 2022
The Science in Exile initiative launched the Declaration "Supporting at-risk, displaced and refugee scientists: A call to action". The Declaration outlines key commitments necessary at global level for both immediate and long-term support and protection to scholars and scientists in exile. The Science in Exile initiative is supported by IAP (InterAcademy Partnership), ISC (International Science Council) and TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences).Read More
April 7, 2022
Olena Marina found a placement at the PHLU where she can continue her work with funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Formerly Associate Professor at H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, she recounts how she fled the country with her mother and son.Read More
March 3, 2022
SAR Switzerland fully supports the SAR statement that expresses its solidarity with the people of Ukraine and Ukrainian higher education and greatly welcomes the funding that the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) provides to host scholars from UkraineRead More
Testimonials of SAR scholars
Higher education institutions in Switzerland so far hosted some 120 SAR scholars from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Serbia, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine and Yemen.
Several of these scholars share their experiences here.