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EURAXESS Conference: Integration of Refugee Scholars in Switzerland, Universität Zürich

Conference Summary


  • Welcome
    Dr. Yasmine Inauen, Director of the International Relations Office, Universität Zürich
  • Opening Address
    Prof. Dr. Michael O. Hengartner, President of the Universität Zürich and President of swissuniversities
  • Keynote: Migration, Skills and Labour Market Integration
    (Article: Highly skilled migrants entering the labour market: Experiences and strategies in the contested field of overqualification and skills mismatch)
    Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme, Unit Leader Geography and Sustainable Development, Universität Bern
  • Academic Initiative: Scholars at Risk
    • Presentation of Scholars at Risk Switzerland (SAR-CH) (Presentation)
      Catrin Scheiber, Co-President SAR-CH, Universität Luzern
    • Experiences of a «Scholar at Risk» in Switzerland (Presentation)
      Dr. Oula Abu-Amsha, Syrian Scholar
  • Non-Academic Initiative: Powercoders (Presentation)
    Presentation of the Project “Powercoders”
    Christian Hirsig, Founder and Project Leader, Powercoders
  • Investing in the (Higher) Education and Training of Asylum Seekers and Refugees (Presentation)
    Claudia Nyffenegger, Head of the Department of Vocational Integration, Asylum Organisation Zurich (AOZ)
  • Science4Refugees and the Potential of the European Open Science Agenda (Presentation)
    Rinske van den Berg, Policy Officer, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Panel Discussion: Integration of Highly Qualified Refugees: Opportunities and Challenges
    • Moderation and introduction:
      Prof. Dr. Walter Leimgruber, Head of Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, Universität Basel
    • Panel members:
      - Catrin Scheiber
      - Claudia Nyffenegger
      - Rinske van den Berg
      - Christian Hirsig
      - Dr. des. Katrin Sontag (NCCR On the Move, Universität Basel)

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