Renaissance by Refugee Scientists

Renaissance by Refugee Scientists

Several current political and human crises are constantly affecting scientists in different corners of the world. Universities are doing their best to help fellow scholars at risk and to open the window of opportunities for scientists in exile.

Renaissance by Refugee Scientists seminar is addressing the unfortunate situation of scientists from various points of view. How the hosting destinations could also gain if we just look over the cultural and religious bridges and welcome the refugee Scientists to join in our efforts to solve the existing challenges of our communities. The speakers will represent enterprises, academic institutions and Turku region as an example for existing needs of excellence and talent.

During the seminar, a documentary film Science in Exile will have its Northern European premier. The film has been produced by the world academy of sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS).


Registration required:


Seminar programme:

Chair: Professor Erkki Sutinen, Co-Chair of Scholars at Risk Finland, and Director of Department of Future Technologies, University of Turku

10.00 am Opening of the seminar, topics and speakers:

  • Opening words: Professor Tapio Salakoski, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, UTU
  • Pekka Haavisto (tbc)
  • Migration context in Finland: implications for scholars at risk?: Marja Tiilikainen, Senior Researcher, Migration Institute of Finland
  • Magdalena Kmak, Associate Professor in Minority Studies, Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University (tbc)
  • Scholars at Risk: Professor Erkki Sutinen, Co-Chair of Scholars at Risk Finland, and Director of Department of Future Technologies, University of Turku
  • A view of Finnish employers (tbc)
  • Talent Turku Approach: Pipa Turvanen, Senior Advisor, The Intercity Collaboration of South-West Coast of Finland, Turku Business Region
  • Religious literacy as a bridge towards more understanding: Doctor Esko Kähkönen, DIAK University of Applied Sciences

1.00-2.30 pm Lunch break

2.30 pm Topics and speakers continue:

  • Scholar Rescue benefits all: Maija Airas, Counsellor of Education, Head of Section of Higher Education Co-operation, and Sini Piippo, Senior Programme Adviser, Department for Internationalisation services for higher education, Finnish National Agency for Education EDUFI
  • Professor Elina Pirjatanniemi, Director, Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University

3.30 pm Science in Exile, Introduction

  • Introduction to the short film Science in Exile in its Northern European premiere: Edward Lempinen, Public Information Officer, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

4.00 pm Science in Exile, Northern European premiere

  • A new documentary film from TWAS explores how recent violence in Syria, Yemen and Iraq has threatened the lives of four researchers, forcing them to suspend their work and flee their homelands.

4.30 pm Comments and discussion


At 17:30 Debates with Future Technologists #2; 150.000 vs. 15 will start at Agora 4th floor. More info here:

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