UNICA - Scholars At Risk Seminar on
Freie Universität Berlin, 21-22 MarchConclusions of the Seminar
The Seminar on Academic Freedom, 21-22 March 2013, hosted by Freie Universität Berlin and organised jointly by the UNICA and Scholars At Risk Networks, brought together 34 participants. They represented 10 UNICA member universities, as well as other HE institutions (University of Cologne, European Humanities University, COMAS Israel),organisations such as Magna Charta Observatory, the Scholar Rescue Fund and the Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF, Netherlands), and threatened scholars.
The 1,5-day Seminar provided a reflection on and an insight into the notion of academic freedom, its rationale and principles, the concept's history, as well as the state of academic freedom around the world. It showcased hands-on examples of initiatives undertaken by universities, with contributions from UNICA member universities who are individual members of the Scholars At Risk Network.
The following key ideas and messages emerged during the Seminar: