Film screening “Science in Exile. Four researchers, in flight from war. They dream of science in a time of peace”

Within the World Science Café, the ZAK coordinator of the German Anna Lindh Network in cooperation with the International Scholars & Welcome Office at KIT presented „Science In Exile“ a documentary film concerning Threatened Researchers.  


The film Science in Exile by Nicole Leghissa portrays researchers from Syria, Yemen and Iraq, who were forced to leave their homeland and to pursue their research in another country. The Screening took place in the context of the World Science Café series of lectures and was followed by a discussion with affected researchers. More information about the film is available on the website of the World Academy of Sciences.

Photos: Felix Grünschloss

World Science Café

In the event series World Science Café, fled and threatened scientists offer insights into their research

Since the winter term of 2016/17, the ZAKhead of the German Anna Lindh Network in cooperation with the International Scholars & Welcome Office (IScO) has been hosting a new series of events during which refugees report about their scientific work. In line with the title-giving café concept, a brief outline will be followed by a discussion about the state of academia in the speakers’ country of origin, in dialogue with a partner who is familiar with the situation in the respective country. What are the consequences a society faces when scientists are unable to continue research in their own country? How can threatened scientists be enabled to continue their work in Germany? How do they enrich and amplify the academic world and German society?

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative was launched by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation together with the German Federal Foreign Office. It enables universities, universities of applied science, and independent research institutions to grant threatened researchers fellowships for research stays in Germany. The initiative has been made possible through generous support from the Federal Foreign Office, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Stifterverband, and the Stiftung Mercator.

To learn more about the Format World Science Café please follow the Link.


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