SAR Switzerland

The SAR Swiss Section (SAR Switzerland) is committed to promoting the values, mission and activities of Scholars at Risk. It further seeks to share information and best practice as well as to launch common activities with all section members. Launched in May 2017, SAR Switzerland currently comprises 19 higher education institutions and includes the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences as well as swissuniversities (rector’s conference of the Swiss higher education institutions).

For more information, please consult the Flyer and Terms of Reference of SAR Switzerland.

To contact the SAR Swiss Section, please write to Roger Pfister, Chair of SAR Switzerland and Head of International Cooperation at the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.




Academic freedom index aims to boost defence incentive

Academic freedom index aims to boost defence incentive

Researchers have published a new index of the state of academic freedom worldwide and across time in a bid to better defend a value that remains under attack in many places.

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Release of graduate student Xiyue Wang from prison in Iran through Switzerland's facilitation

Release of graduate student Xiyue Wang from prison in Iran through Switzerland's facilitation

December 7, 2019

Chinese-born Princeton student Xiyue Wang, sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2016, exchanged for Iranian scientist Masoud Soleimani who was arrested in the USA

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Launch of project

Launch of project "InSPIREurope: Initiative to Support, Promote and Integrate Researchers at Risk in Europe"

November 29, 2019

Ten European partner organisations have launched an ambitious new initiative to support researchers at risk. The SAR Swiss Section supports the initiative as an Associate Partner. The initiative is funded under the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and coordinated by Scholars at Risk Europe at Maynooth University, Ireland. InSPIREurope forges a coordinated, cross-sectoral, Europe-wide alliance for researchers at risk.

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"Free to Think 2019": Scholars at Risk Annual Report

November 19, 2019

Free to Think 2019 is the fifth installment of an annual report by SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project, analysing 324 attacks on higher education communities in 56 countries between September 2018 and August 2019.

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Science at Noon meeting

Science at Noon meeting "Wissenschaft und Menschenrechte: eine vielschichtige Beziehung"

June 9, 2020 8:15 pm

House of Academies, Laupenstrasse 7, Bern

Lunch event of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and their Delegate for Human Rights.

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Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of SAR Switzerland is composed as follows during 2019-2021:

• Annie Cottier, University of Bern
• Sara Elmer, University of Zurich
• Marisa Ernst, University of Lucerne (until March 2020)
• Luna Iacopini, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland HES-SO
• Catrin Scheiber, University of Lucerne (from April 2020)