04:00 PM

Turning Point in The Freedom of Science?


DESY, Notkestraße 85, 22607 Hamburg

(This event will be held in German, but will be simultaneously translated on-site and online.)

As a result of the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops, various countries such as Germany, but also the EU, have frozen and even ended scientific ties with Russia and Belarus – an unprecedented process. Is a paradigm shift taking place here? Is science turning from a bridge-builder into a means of exerting political pressure? Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of academic freedom – or the introduction of a value orientation into international research cooperation in order to protect universal values? Given the magnitude of these developments, there is an urgent need for science to take a stand on this challenge and engage in this important debate. The joint event of DESY and HIAS aims to contribute to this discourse and also allow international voices to have their say.

Opening statement

Marijk van der Wende, political and social scientist, Universiteit Utrecht


Helmut Dosch, Director, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)
Hauke Heekeren, President, Universität Hamburg
Antje Wiener, Political Scientist, Universität Hamburg
Ruppert Stüwe, Member of the German Bundestag, Member of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment
Exterior views as flashlights:

Sergii Fomin, Russian-American mathematician, University of Michigan and currently visiting scientist at DESY
Christine Hobden, South African political scientist, University of the Witwatersrand and Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius Fellow 2022/2023 at HIAS
Maryam Makou, Iranian physicist at DESY
Natalia Potylitsina-Kube, Russian particle physicist at DESY

Ralf Krauter, Journalist, Moderator, Media Trainer, Deutschlandfunk

The event will take place in presence at DESY, but will also be broadcast via livestream. For both variants, please register. For face-to-face participation, please by November 14, 2022, for online participation by November 16, 2022.