News about the initiative
  • The calls to join the initiative "Science in Exile" are now open for nominations to the (1) Steering Committee and (2) the Task Teams. (1) The Steering Committee provides leadership to the initiative. More information can be downloaded here. The call for nominations can be accessed here. The deadline for receiving applications is 17 May 2021. (2) The Task Teams will work together on (a) Advocacy Campaign, (b) Preservation of science in conflict and crisis, (c) Mapping and research, and (d) Supporting refugee, displaced and at-risk scientists. The sign-up form can be accessed here. For more information on the overall "Science in Exile" initiative, please contact: displacedscientists@twas.org. 
  • To receive updates and information about "Science in Exile" activities, subscribe to the Science in Exile Newsletter.
  • Peter McGrath, Coordinator of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and UNESCO-TWAS Science Policy/Science Diplomacy Programme, and Sena Galazzi, UNESCO-TWAS Associate Programme Officer, have published an article on Volume 4 (3) of "Science Diplomacy". The article focuses on at-risk, refugee and displaced scientists. 
  • Organisations and individuals interested in the initiative are invited to attend the second Refugee and Displaced Scientists Workshop, to be held 30 March and 1 April 2021, from 14:00 to 17:30 CET, with a follow up call planned for 12 April. Learn how you can participate by contacting us at displacedscientists@twas.org.
  • On 8 March 2021, Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE), TWAS and IAP representatives discussed the gender dimension of refugee and displaced scientists at the World Forum for Women in Science. The session is available on YouTube
  • To launch the initiative and identify the priorities and objectives of a new strategy, the three organizations hosted a virtual workshop in October 2020, aimed to facilitate better coordination on this issue, which will hopefully lead to new forms of support for displaced scientists. 
  • Currently, the initiative is working towards building a network and developing an advocacy campaign to bring together scientists, policy-makers and organizations to address the needs of refugee and displaced scientists, aiming for a network launch in March 2021.
  • A special session at the 2018 World Social Science Forum in Fukuoka, Japan, highlighted the need for the international scientific community to address the number of threatened, displaced and refugee scientists worldwide. The session was organised by ISC, IAP and TWAS. 
  • In 2017, TWAS produced a special edition of the TWAS Newsletter on refugee and displaced scientists examining, among other issues, how difficult it is to grasp the full number of such researchers in the world.
  • In 2017, a workshop co-organised by TWAS produced a broad set of recommendations for supporting refugee and displaced scientists. They urge the creation of education and jobs for such researchers, and call for more research on the issue, assigning a key role to science organisations, universities, refugee organisations and other policymakers. This initiative is an attempt to put in place some of those recommendations. 

 

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