Protecting international scholars who are at risk in their home countries due to war or persecution and giving them research opportunities in Germany is the aim of this new initiative recently launched by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in cooperation with Germany’s Federal Foreign Office. It was named after Philipp Schwartz, a pathologist of Jewish descent who fled to Switzerland from Nazi Germany and founded the Notgemeinschaft deutscher Wissenschaftler im Ausland (Emergency Association of German Science).
As a research and teaching institution, the University of Bayreuth is particularly interested in promoting research opportunities. For this reason, the University has created offerings for international scholars who are threatened by war or persecution in their home countries. The University of Bayreuth is part of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative and is a founding member of Germany's Scholars at Risk (SAR) network.The network was established in Bonn by 20 research and higher education institutions in September 2016. The network’s aim is to support scholars at risk and raise awareness about violations of academic freedom.
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