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SAR 2020 Global Congress

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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 Courage to Think Dialogue 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.


March 25-26, 2020

Pre-Congress faculty/staff advocacy workshop & Student Advocacy Day

Location: AAAS, 1200 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Description: AAAS and SAR will co-host a series of workshops and trainings on academic freedom advocacy.

March 26-28, 2020

SAR Global Congress

Location: Johns Hopkins University,  3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218

Description: Johns Hopkins University will host pre-meetings, including national SAR Section meetings and scholar workshop, followed by the 2020 SAR Global Congress, featuring keynotes, plenaries, breakouts, networking expo and presentation of the 2020 SAR Courage to Think Award.

Registration & Conference Rates

Registration launches soon. 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.

Travel & Accommodations

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

2018 Global Congress

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.