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On 29 June, DAAD Brussels and the European University Association (EUA) organised a joint roundtable at the EUA's premises in Brussels to discuss support for students, early carreer researchers and academics at risk. The event brought together interested parties from EU institutions, member states, and associations committed to facilitating holistic actions at the European level. The participants came together in a concerted effort to discuss existing, emerging and planned support initiatives, to share their ideas about future actions , including the potential for dedicated EU programmes to meet the demands of at-risk persons.
After a warm welcome by Michael Gaebel, Director of the Higher Education Policy Unit at EUA, and Michael Hörig, Director of the DAAD Brussels Office, the 21 participants from all over Europe shared their experience on the topic in a Tour de Table, followed by 13 pitches of targeted programmes and initiatives, providing insight into the aims and recent developments of PAUSE (Link), IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (Link), the Philipp Schwartz Initiative (Link), InSPIREurope+ (Link), MSCA4Ukraine (Link), Cara (Link), MEnS (Link), Hilde Domin (Link) , Student at Risk Norway Link). Emerging and planned student-led initiatives were also presented, by the European Student Unition as well as by representatives from Finland, Sweden and Switzerland. Steven Misljencevic, Policy Offer at DG Research and Innovation, gave an overview of the initiatives taken at the level of the Commission.
Some of the key insights from the roundtable include:
In terms of joint stakeholder engagement, the participants recognise the value of:
For the European policy level participants noted that: