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01/25/2017 - 01/25/2017 | Bonn

Under Threat: International Academia and Press Freedom. In memoriam Giulio Regeni

The increasing persecution of researchers and journalists in Egypt, Turkey, China and elsewhere calls for a reflection on the ethical principles of Germany’s international research collaboration.

On 25 January 2016, the Anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution, Giulio Regeni, PhD Student at Cambridge University and Guest Researcher at German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), disappeared in Cairo. Ten days later he was found dead, with signs of cruel torture.

We invite for a panel discussion on the importance of freedom of research and opinion. How can we encourage independent research in autocracies that oppress or even torture and kill critical academics? Which criteria should guide the selection of our academic partners? How can we ensure that collaboration does not imply personal risks for them? And how can we help persecuted researchers and their academic institutions? We will open the event with a short presentation of Giulio’s last research paper which he developed with Georgeta Auktor while working at the DIE.


Welcoming address

Tilman Altenburg, Head of Department "Sustainable Economic and Social Development", German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Christopher Springate, Deutsche Welle

Appraisal of Giulio Regeni

Georgeta Auktor, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, presents key findings of a paper she co-authored with Giulio Regeni before his disappearance.

Panel discussion

Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General, Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation
Georgeta Auktor, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Wafaa El-Badry, Journalist, Deutsche Welle, DW Arabic
Annette Storsberg, Head of Department, Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of the Federal State of North-Rhine - Westphalia (tbc)
Mehmet Ugur, University of Greenwich Business School


Christopher Springate, Deutsche Welle

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01/25/2017 17:00 - 01/25/2017 19:00

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Event venue:

Deutsche Welle (DW)
Kurt-Schumacher Str.3
53113 Bonn

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Journalists, Scientists and scholars

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Subject areas:

Media and communication sciences, Politics

Types of events:

Presentation / colloquium / lecture, Seminar / workshop / discussion




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