SAR 2020 Global Congress will take place on a virtual format

24/03/2020

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the conference events originally scheduled to be held in Washington and Baltimore will finally be celebrated over Zoom on Thursday, March 26th, and Friday, March 27th

The registration for the Virtual Global Congress is already open

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a pared down schedule of the in-person SAR 2020 Global Congress events originally scheduled to be held in Washington and Baltimore will finally take place on a virtual format over Zoom on Thursday, March 26th, and Friday, March 27th. The registration for the conference is already open.

Scholar at Risk (SAR) Network members and partners around the world will explore the theme Truth, Power & Society: The Promise of Higher Educations in Challenging Times, because in times of historic challenges not only for higher education, but for society in general, truth itself is under attack.

That's why the Virtual Global Congress, marking SAR’s 20th year of service to the higher education community, points to three core roles of higher education in responding to these attacks: Truth (research and teaching leading to new insights and understanding), Power (evidence-based contributions to public discourse and policy) and Society (meaningful engagement with the broadest public good).

Virtual SAR 2020 Global Congress' organizators know that this virtual conference is not in any way the same experience as the original one. They will especially miss the opportunity to be together, to share, to see friends and to make new friends.

However, as the public health situation clarifies, organizators will be looking for an opportunity to reschedule the Congress, in whole or in part, in New York City for the week of November 16-20, 2020 to mark the release of the annual Free to Think report and the close of SAR's 20th anniversary year.

Finally, SAR highlights that with the onset of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, medical professionals and scholars across disciplines are playing a vital role in responding to the epidemiological, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of this crisis as they will in the eventual recovery and restoration of essential functions and services of our institutions and society. That's why they consider the essential question: How can we, as a global network, defend scientific integrity and academic freedom in challenging times?

Partners

  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya