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Scholars at Risk celebrates its 20th anniversary with the virtual conference ‘Free to Think: Responding to Attacks on Higher Education’ from 19-20 November 2020.  

The international network Scholars at Risk (SAR) is organising the virtual conference ‘Free to Think: Responding to Attacks on Higher Education’ from 19 to 20 November 2020. This event is part of the organisation’s 20th-anniversary celebrations and the content of its annual report Free to Think 2020 will be unveiled.

This report is based on data from the Academic Freedom Monitoring Project, which documented more than 195 attacks on higher education between September 2019 and August 2020. Attacks on higher education communities; wrongful imprisonment and prosecution of scholars; pressures on students; legislative and administrative threats; and COVID-19 related issues.

Concerning the programme of the virtual conference, it includes six panel sessions that will review these issues as detailed in the report. As SAR members are located in different time zones, the live sessions will be held at times adapted to the Asia/Pacific, Americas, and Europe/Africa/MENA. Besides, participants will be able to watch the recorder contributions from the other regions.

The programme of the event, which is free of charge, can be found on the website of the ‘Free to Think: Responding to Attacks on Higher Education‘ virtual conference. Those interested in participating should pre-register using the electronic form on the conference website.

Courage to Think Award

This virtual conference will also be the venue for the presentation of the Courage to Think 2020 Award, which will be awarded to an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the understanding and respect for academic freedom and related values. This award was last presented in 2018 to Turkey’s Academics for Peace.