Eleven refugee academics put their talent to work for Dutch research

Eleven academics, who fled threatening situations in their homeland, are set to continue their scientific careers in the Netherlands. Their appointments will be funded by the fourth round of a programme launched in 2018 called ‘Hestia – Impulse for Refugees in Science’.

The research projects for which the eleven academics have been appointed concern a wide range of studies. These will include research on the effects of sedative drugs on biofilms and algal populations, on conflict as a change agent for gender social justice in Syria, and on changes in maternal stress, lifestyle and work-related factors after the COVID-19 lockdown (and their link to birth outcomes).

Connection to Dutch research

Researchers who had to flee their homeland due to war or another threatening situation often face obstacles such as a different working language and culture in the countries where they settle. This makes it more difficult for them to continue their academic careers. NWO introduced the ‘Hestia – Impulse for Refugees in Science’ pilot call to give these academics the chance to join ongoing Dutch research projects so they can expand their network and increase their knowledge and skills.

It is also an opportunity for them to actively share knowledge and expertise, to get to know the Dutch science system, with the ultimate aim of enabling them to continue their careers/lines of research in their homeland. These academics will also enrich Dutch science and society with their expertise.

  • Read more about the researchers and their projects on the website of NWO

Source: NWO