News about Science in Exile initiative


  • Registrations are open for the first webinar of the Science in Exile webinar series - "The unfolding emergencies: Ethiopia and Myanmar", 22 June 2021 (1.00-2.30 p.m., Rome time). The webinar will explore the impact of the unfolding emergency in Myanmar and the Tigray region of Ethiopia on scientists and science, hearing first-hand from local scholars and from experts on short-term strategies to uphold science and higher education in times of crisis. More information on the webinar series here.

  • The Science in Exile mapping survey has been launched. The deadline is 31 July 2021. The aim of the survey is to map organisations and programmes globally – e.g., NGOs, institutions, universities, diaspora groups, government bodies and funders - that provide support to and opportunities for at-risk, displaced, and refugee scientists. All those entities are invited to complete the survey.

  • Applications are open for the 2021 TWAS-IsDB Young Refugee and Displaced Scientists Programme for Women from Libya, Palestine, Syria, Yemen. The deadline is 2 August 2021.

  • The Call for applications to present in the Science in Exile panel at the Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2021 (SRI2021) is now open. The deadline is 21 May 2021. Eligible candidates should be early and mid-career refugee, displaced  and at-risk scientists working in the area of socio-environmental sustainability and resilience. Applications must be submitted via this form.

  • The Science in Exile launch workshop took place on 30 March, 1 and 12 April 2021. The workshop report can be downloaded here, while the agenda and information packet here.

  • 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. The deadline is 7 May 2021.

  • 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. 

  • 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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