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..
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..
According to the European Commission, Belgium is one of top European nations hosting refugees. But the refugee journey doesn’t stop once in the country. Administrative matters, housing seeking, and community interaction are, among others, important needs to achieve a professional and social integration. Convivial raises as a community initiative to accompany refugees throughout their journey towards a complete citizen consolidation. Visit their website at http://convivial.be/asylum-seekers-and-refugees-welcome-to-belgium/ to know more, or give them a like to spread the word! Initiatives like Convivial are crucial for a total refugee integration in the hosting..
Thousands of people are being forced to leave their countries and homes everyday all over the world. 20 millions of people, from which 51% are under 18 are currently refugees. The World Refugee Day commemorates the obstacles refugees face each year, while also celebrating their courage and strength. Since 2001, the United Nations and more than 100 countries have observed World Refugee Day annually on June 20th. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has started the #WithRefugees petition to send a message of action, solidarity, and responsibility on behalf of refugees to governments worldwide. Join us in our project helping scholars refugees to be settled in the universities or participate in any of the initiatives that help them worldwide. Today is a perfect day to..
The newspaper The Guardian has recently published an article featuring again the labor that IIE Scholar Rescue Fund and other organizations do in order to help scientist refugees continue their careers. Sometimes, and due to the limited number of available positions, they are forced to see their careers delayed for years. It is very important to spread the word to minimize these cases, if you work in a possible hosting university or know any please Contact Us. Also join us in our mentorship program to help refugee scientist to settle in the new environment as soon as they arrive to the university. You can read the entire article in here:..
Last Friday, the event ‘Conflict-Awareness and Implementation of Peace Education’ congregated Member States, organizations of the United Nations System, as well as non-governmental organizations at the United Nations (UN). Organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Malawi, the event was meant to remember which the fundamental values of the United Nations are and to commemorate the observance day ‘Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War’. GoTogether Initiative was there along with many other non-profit organizations to underscore the importance of conflict-awareness and to foster the implementation of peace education for the future generations. During the event, it was strengthened in several occasions the role of women and youth in implementing peace security and ensure peace education in order to ‘finish and overcome the actual boundaries of society and..
On April 30, Congress has agreed to give an extra $2 billion for NIH, a boost that comes as part of legislation allocating $1.1 trillion, and it rejects Trump's proposal of 18% cut to the NIH funding for 2018. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), states: “The FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill is critical. Not only will it keep federal agencies operating through September 30, 2017, but it also includes a significant increase for the National Institutes of Health and additional funding for the National Science Foundation and Department of Agriculture research programs.” You can find more information in The..
On Earth day, April 22, a March for Science took place in more than 600 cities all over the word. The march was an undeniable success to show the political world how much Science matters and how many we are against the planned cuts in research. But this was just the beginning, we need to keep working to make Science be reached by everyone. There are thousands of local initiatives all over the world that are emerging to help Science and people thrive. Have a look to our projects and Join us if you want to volunteer! All together we are making a better world for..
This week the journal Nature has published an article that features the work that IIE-SRF and partner organizations are performing in order to help scholar refugees all over the world. The article gives voice to three refugees that sought for asylum in Europe. We are very proud and encouraged by the article, but at the same time it remembers us all the work that still needs to be done. The journey does not finish when the refugees, which against all the odds, managed to get a position in Europe, so much work still is needed. The psychological shock of suddenly losing their lives in addition to the necessity of facing a new country, holds them for some time before they are able to deliver their full potential. On top of everything, once a position is found it is expected from them to get the same academic achievements than the rest of scholars/scientists, who are “more accustomed to the ways of Western science”. Projects such as..
If you couldn't make it and want to check out the thoughtful debate about what can we do about the refugee crisis? you have the opportunity to watch the replay in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vzG-KqXNjM THANKS SO MUCH TO THE SPEAKERS AND ORGANIZERS, GREAT..