Scholars at Risk Finland (SARF) Day


25.11.2021 at 12.00 - 16.15
Scholars at Risk Finland (SARF) is delighted to invite all interested parties - including academics, university staff, students, trade unionists, human rights activists and others - to attend the first SARF Day which will take place at the University of Turku on the afternoon of Thursday 25 November. The opening speeches will be given by Jukka Kola, Rector of the University of Turku, Martin Cloonan, Chair of SAR Finland and Director of Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS), and Atte Jääskeläinen, Director General of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Across the globe academics are facing more and more attempts to stifle their work and silence their voices. Established in 2017, Scholars at Risk Finland is part of the international Scholars at Risk network which campaigns to defend academic freedom. SARF is currently coordinated by the University of Turku.

The event will include a panel discussion, focusing on such topics as awareness rising, hosting, funding, and talent retention. Specialists from Nordic countries and beyond will share their first-hand experience of working with scholars at risk. For example, how can we provide support to researchers who face serious threats in their work and lives? How can we support threatened researchers so that they can continue to work safely as part of the international academic community?

The event will also see the launch of the SARF Lecture Series. The lecture series will be initiated by researcher Dr. Majid Mgamis, a Jordanian scholar who has suffered from violation of his academic rights in his home country. He is currently working as Associate Professor of English in a Nordic University. The title of the lecture is "The Three Taboos: Academic Freedom in the Face of Absolute Truth".

Anyone interested to find out more about threats to academic freedom across the world and what Finland and other Nordic countries are doing to help is welcome to join the event!

TIME: Thursday 25 November 2021 (12:00-16:15)
PLACE: University of Turku, Agora hall XXII, Vesilinnantie 3, Turku (and online!)

Additional information

Kristaps Kovalonoks