Luento maanantaina 2.5.: Syyrian kriisi tutkijoiden näkökulmasta

Syyrialainen elintarviketieteen tutkija Dr. Kassem Alsayed Mahmoud puhuu vierailuluennollaan maailman kulttuurien laitoksella Syyrian kriisistä tutkijoiden näkökulmasta.

Aika: 2.5. klo 14–16
Paikka: Unioninkatu 38, sali A205

Kassem Alsayed Mahmoudin luennon otsikkona on: “Experiences of and reflections on the Syrian crises by a threatened scholar”.

Alsayed Mahmoud työskentelee parhaillaan Ghentin yliopistossa Scholars ar Risk -verkoston tutkijana. Tutustu AlSayed Mahmoudin haastatteluun(pdf).

Tilaisuus on osa kansainvälisen Scholars at Risk -verkoston toimintaa Helsingin yliopistolla. SAR-verkoston toiminnan tavoitteena on suojella vainottuja tutkijoita ja edistää akateemista vapautta maailmanlaajuisesti.

Tilaisuus on avoin kaikille kiinnostuneille.

Lisätietoja: Professori Hannu Juusola, maailman kulttuurien laitos,

# Experiences of and reflections on the Syrian crises by a threatened scholar -lecture at the department of World Cultures 2 May 2016

A Syrian post doc researcher in food technology who is currently working in Ghent University as a Scholars at Risk -researcher will lecture on “Experiences of and reflections on the Syrian crises by a threatened scholar” on Monday, 2nd of May at the Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki. The lecture is open for all those interested in the topic. Welcome!
Date and Time: 2.5.2016, from 2 pm to 4 pm
Place: Unioninkatu 38, Hall A205,
Contact: Prof. Hannu Juusola, Dept. of World Cultures, University of Helsinki

#Scholars at Risk network’s global congress on “Universities in a Dangerous World” in Montreal, Canada

Scholars at Risk network’s global congress on “Universities in a Dangerous World” in Montreal, Canada, June 8-10, 2016.

At the Congress, more than 200 university, government and nonprofit leaders, faculty, staff, students and advocates from 25 countries will come together to discuss seminal issues facing higher education today. Congress participants will discuss how to do more to protect universities and scholars in these challenging times, and to strengthen the capacity of the university sector to contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

The 2016 Congress will provide global SAR network members—and prospective new members and partners—a special opportunity to engage with Canadian and other North American SAR members, as well as to enjoy all the cultural, historical and natural features that Montreal offers.

Please find more information on the global congress and other activities of the SAR at:

#Side Event of the World Press Freedom Day on May 2nd 2016 in Helsinki: “Freedom of speech, an academic freedom?”

The event “Freedom of speech, an academic freedom?” will be organized at the Päivälehti Museum (Ludviginkatu 2-4, Helsinki) from 9 to 11 a.m.

Future of earth and humankind depends on the progress of science and technology. In addition, knowledge of societal challenges and changes are of upmost importance for policy measures. What is at stake if academic discourse is muzzled by limiting the freedom of expression of scientists?

In this session, we explore the different mechanisms by which the freedom of speech of scientists is being limited. Lively discussion with the speakers and the audience is strongly encouraged.

Short presentations and introduction to theme is provided by:
Curtis Brainard, President of the World Federation for Science Journalists
Mari K. Niemi, Senior Researcher, University of Turku, Finland and Visiting Researcher, University of Strathclyde, Scotland (2013-2016)
Kassem Al-Sayed Mahmoud, Syrian Postdoctoral Researcher of food Technology and Engineering, currently at Ghent University, Belgium

More information on the event and registrations at:


New Blog established for promoting Scholars at Risk network at University of Helsinki

This blog has been set up to share information and raise awareness about the Scholars at Risk (SAR) network and related activities and initiatives at the University of Helsinki and beyond. SAR is an international network of Universities and other HEI’s. It aims at protecting scholars who are threatened and face persecution, preventing attacks on higher education communities and promoting academic freedom worldwide. University of Helsinki became a member of the SAR network in 2014.

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