Science in Exile : The unfolding emergencies in Ethiopia and Myanmar

  • Phyu Phyu THIN ZAW (Speaker)
  • TUAL SAWN, K. (Speaker)
  • Khin Mar MAR KYI (Speaker)
  • Kebede Kassa TSEGAYE (Speaker)
  • Abdu HUMADIN (Speaker)

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The webinar explored the impact of the unfolding emergency in Myanmar and the Tigray region of Ethiopia on scientists and science, hearing first-hand from local scholars and from experts on short-term strategies to uphold science and higher education in times of crisis. The webinar is part of the Science in Exile webinar series, which aims to raise awareness of and discuss key issues and challenges faced by at-risk, displaced and refugee scientists, and to support a stronger solidarity towards affected scientists. Each of the four webinars focuses on a different stage of the displacement cycle.

Since early 2020, all schools and universities have been closed following the control of the COVID-19 outbreak. Furthermore, the coup d'etat in February 2021 has exacerbated the uncertainty about the reopening of schools and colleges. Besides,  the military has sacked over 125,000 teachers and over 19,500 university staff for partaking in the Civil Disobedient Movement, and the military has imprisoned over 550 students and professors as of May 2021. Moreover, a thousand of many professors, lecture, and universities students were warranted to arrest, prompting them to flee the country. As a result, on this webinar commemorating World Refugee Day 2021, I emphasize the urgency of emergency support for students in Myanmar, scientists in exile, and scholars at risk.
Period22 Jun 2021
Event titleScience in Exile Webinar Series
Event typeSeminar
LocationItalyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational