Long-term support of refugee and displaced scientists: the power of mentorship

30 September
11:00 – 12:30 UTC

This webinar explores existing mentorship programmes for at-risk, displaced, and refugee scholars and scientists. Through discussions with mentors and mentees and the hosting organizations, the aim is to identify good practices, gaps, and the benefits of mentorship.

The webinar will be chaired by Peter McGrath, Coordinator, InterAcademy Partnership and TWAS Science Policy/Science Diplomacy programme, and Robin Perutz, Emeritus Professor, University of York, fellow of The Royal Society, and Science in Exile Steering Committee member, and will feature:

  • Rana Dajani, professor of molecular biology at Hashemite university, Jordan, president of Society for advancement of science and technology in the Arab World (SASTA), and founder of Three Circles of Alemat.
  • Eqbal M. A. Dauqan, associate professor of biochemistry, Nutrition department, University of Oslo, Norway, president of Yemeni Association for Science and Technology for Development (OWSD national chapter).
  • Olga Palinkasev Gregorian, senior advisor and head of scholar support services, The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), United States.
  • Christina Rogers, managing director, Academics in Solidarity, Center for International Cooperation, Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, Germany.

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Science in Exile initiative

This project aims to create a network of like-minded organizations that will work together to develop and roll out a coordinated advocacy campaign to support and integrate refugee, displaced and at-risk scientists.


This webinar is part of the four-webinar series aiming to raise awareness of and discuss key issues and challenges faced by at-risk, displaced and refugee scientists, and to support a stronger solidarity towards affected scientists. Each of the four webinars focuses on a different stage of the displacement cycle.

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