SAR Switzerland

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 39 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



SAR "Free to Think 2022" report released

November 8, 2022

Scholars at Risk has released Free to Think 2022, a report analysing 391 attacks on higher edudcation in 65 countries.

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Two Ukrainian doctors, and sisters, in Bern

Two Ukrainian doctors, and sisters, in Bern

October 31, 2022

Antonina and Kateryna Antonenko came to Bern, fleeing the war in Ukraine. The two medical professionals received a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to work and research at the Inselspital for one year. In this interview, the two sisters talk about the differences between working as doctors in Bern and Kyiv.

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Expanding SAR Switzerland

Expanding SAR Switzerland

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.

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SAR Switzerland to sign

SAR Switzerland to sign "Science In Exile Declaration"

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).

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Conference "Research on religion and spirituality by scholars at risk", Zurich/hybrid

December 1, 2022 1:30 pm

The event, organised by the Faculty of Theology at the University of Zurich, is aimed at scholars at risk from all disciplines who conduct research on religion or spirituality, and at all those who are interested in the research and experiences of these researchers.

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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.

SAR Sections are groups of higher education institutions and associations, that are members of the SAR network, nationally or regionally focused and organized specifically to coordinate participation in SAR activities. Unless otherwise indicated, the views represented by a SAR section, its members, or its affiliates reflect those of the originating author or section, and do not necessarily represent the views of SAR, other SAR sections, individual members, affiliates, board, staff, or sponsors. The use of the SAR name, logo, or other identifying material is for the sole purpose of identifying the relationship of the section, its members, or its affiliates with SAR, subject to approval of such use by the SAR board, as provided in the SAR bylaws