When a country is entering a situation of war or civil strife, or has experienced humanitarian disasters such as floods, earthquakes or catastrophic fires, what happens to academic libraries, museum collections and other collections of scientific products and artefacts, such as scientifically valuable collections of local insects or libraries of national papers, journals and books?

As part of the Science in Exile project, the ISC is gathering knowledge from its Members and networks around the world on the preservation of scientific and technological knowledge and culture. Please fill in the form below by 25 May 2021.

During the Science in Exile Stakeholder Workshops, this issue was flagged as yet another casualty of conflict and other humanitarian emergencies, one that can erase invaluable scientific and cultural knowledge from the collective history and future of a country or region. The majority of programmes involved in the preservation of knowledge focus on cultural heritage, and while this often includes scientific collections, libraries and archives, ad well as natural history museums and national archives, there is less of a scientific lens with regards to the preservation of scientific and technical knowledge and culture.

Science in Exile is considering this as a project to develop in partnership with institutions and organisations with a special mandate in this respect.

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Find out more about Science in Exile

Science in Exile is a collaboration between TWAS, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the International Science Council (ISC), under the umbrella of Science International. The programme brings together displaced scientists and existing organizations that provide assistance to affected scientists, to exchange ideas and best practices, identify gaps in building practical support programmes across different world regions, and raise awareness of the issue among governments, international agencies and the broader scientific community.

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