Scholars At Risk

Temporary placements for Ukrainian researchers
Temporary placements for Ukrainian researcher

Scholars At Risk (SAR) is an international network of universities that aims to protect academics who are under threat, prevent attacks on the scientific community and promote academic freedom around the world.

It gathers over 500 universities in 40 countries worldwide.

EPFL has been member of SAR since 2014, and is also part of the Swiss section of SAR, which is supported by swissuniversities and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

EPFL can host SAR scholars for 1 to 2 years, allowing them to continue their academic activities while in exile, until they can return home or move elsewhere.

The CDH is actively supporting this mission. In 2021-2022, it hosted researcher Nihat Kotluk.

EPFL professors and scientists, who are interested in hosting a SAR scholar or want to get involved in the activities of SAR can contact Gabriela Tejada at the CDH or Antoine Fromentin at EPFL International Affairs.

Helping scientists in Afghanistan

The CDH shares the concerns of many groups in the population as a result of the events in Afghanistan.

We support the call of the SNSF for an international effort to defend the safety and freedom of Afghan researchers, as we also believe that the science system should be free, diverse and internationally open.

Solidarity with Ukraine

SAR Europe is currently monitoring the situation faced by Ukraine and Russia to ensure that its support system is prepared to help scholars and students facing the hardship ahead.

It is possible that SNSF will communicate other supporting measures within the SNSF-SAR Scientific Exchanges instrument soon.