Scholars at Risk network

Scholars At Risk

Scholars at Risk is an international network of institutions and individuals, begun at the University of Chicago in 1999, whose mission it is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. By arranging temporary academic positions at member universities and colleges, Scholars at Risk offers safety to scholars facing grave threats, so scholars’ ideas are not lost and they can keep working until conditions improve and they are able to return to their home countries.


Scholars at Risk also provides advisory services for scholars and hosts, campaigns for scholars who are imprisoned or silenced in their home countries, monitoring of attacks on higher education communities worldwide and leadership in deploying new tools and strategies for promoting academic freedom and improving respect for university values everywhere.

Scholars at Risk Italy section

The Scholars at Risk Italy section was launched at the University of Padova on February 19, 2019. SAR Italy is a partnership between Italian higher education institutions and research centres and SAR.


In constituting SAR Italy, the governance structures of adhering institutions, as well as researchers, educators, students and administrative personnel send a strong message of solidarity to scholars and institutions that experience situations whereby their academic freedom is at stake, and their research, educational and ‘third mission’ activities are constrained.


Coming together in SAR Italy, the adhering institutions commit to concretely contributing to the promotion and protection of academic freedom, alongside over 500 other higher education institutions in 40 countries in the world.

SAR members in Italy
  • Istituto Universitario Europeo
  • Magna Charta Observatory
  • Scuola Normale Superiore 
  • University of Bologna 
  • University of Brescia
  • University of Cagliari
  • University of Macerata 
  • University of Milano 
  • University of Padova
  • University of Roma
  • University of Siena
  • Università Telematica Internazionale di Nettuno
  • University of Trento
  • University of Torino
  • University of Trieste
  • University of Verona

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