Professor Caucher Birkar has been recently announced as one of the four winners of the Fields medal, considered the equivalent of a Nobel prize for mathematics, at the International Congress of the International Mathematical Union in Rio de Janeiro. His proof of the boundedness of fano varieties and for contributions to the minimal model program have been recognized with this award. After fleeing conflict two decades ago from the Iran-Iraq war, the Kurdish-Iranian Prof. Birkar granted the refugee status in UK and started his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham in 2001. And just 17 years after Prof. Birkar has been awarded with the most prestigious award in mathematics. Dr. Birkar is really an example of the value that a refugee can add to the hosting country by increasing its capacity building, at the same time the scientific heritage of the country at conflict is preserved. Prof. Birkar said he hoped the news may “put a..
Yearly Archives: 2018
2018 IIE-SRF FORUM On March 9th the 2018 IIE-SRF Forum ‘Protecting Scholarship + Promoting Partnership’ took place in the IIE-SRF headquarters in New York. This year’s forum was focused on promoting new partnerships in order to further help and protect threatened scholars worldwide. The day-long event held astonishing panels of speakers, from human rights defenders to government representatives and philanthropies. In addition, we had the opportunity to hear the voices and life-experiences of several rescued scholars, who gave us a lesson of dignity and professionalism. Interesting questions and tearful statements were raised, "Why don’t we have a governmental ministry of peace" - Indian scholar; "We had to exit from our country but our country didn’t exit from us" – Yemeni scholar. By the end of the scholar panel, we felt grateful to have a foundation like Scholar Rescue Fund fighting every day to rescue threatened..