A symposium recently heard how Syrian academics, many of them in exile, struggle to continue their work and use research to empower students and local communities in Syria. Panels included sessions on the difficulties of conducting interdisciplinary research among scholars working across borders and cultural gaps.
The conference also heard from researchers who are providing the latest technological information to Syrian farmers, and from academics working to provide higher education in regions of Syria still torn by 11 years of war.
Cara, the Council for At-Risk Academics, organized the five-day online conference, called “Voices from the Syrian Academic Community”, with support from the British Academy and the Royal Society.
The academics discussed studies of agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and food security in line with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. (See a related article, “Scholars Fleeing War-Torn Middle East Find Safety in U.K. Universities”.)
They also reviewed work supported by Cara’s Syria Programme, which was launched in 2016 to support academics affected by the Syrian crisis. (See a related article, “Symposium Highlights Role of Syrian Academics in Post-Conflict Recovery.”)
Problems of Interdisciplinary Research