Excellence Lab Bavaria-Africa: Academic Freedom. Perspectives on African-European dynamics in international research projects

Excellence Lab: Academic freedom

In cooperation with the "Pan-African Institute of Research and Innovation" (PIRI), the Scientific Coordination Office Bavaria-Africa is organising an online workshop on 4 June 2024 on academic freedom in the context of international research projects with African and European participation. Interested parties from universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutions, politics and civil society organisations are invited to discuss the challenges of academic freedom in international cooperations.

In recent years, the debate on democratic and academic freedom has become increasingly important as scholars, institutions and political actors grapple with challenges to intellectual autonomy and freedom of expression. With growing global concerns about democracies under threat and restrictions on academic freedom, researchers, institutions, governments and civil society are confronted with restrictions to fundamental rights and freedoms.

The focus of the Excellence Lab is therefore on academic freedom in the context of African-European scientific cooperation. The specific opportunities and challenges faced by scientists on both continents in the context of international cooperation will be examined.

Key issues are:

  • Developments in academic freedom in African and European countries,
  • The impact of restricted academic freedom on international research cooperation,
  • Strategies for safeguarding academic freedom in an increasingly interconnected world.

By bringing together experts from Bavaria and African countries, we aim to raise awareness of academic freedom in the field of research and innovation.

Join the Excellence Lab to deepen your understanding of this topic and to uphold the fundamental principle of academic freedom in an international academic landscape.

Time & Date

Tuesday, 4 June 2024

13:00 – 14:30 CEST/UTC+2 (Zambia/Germany)


The agenda for the webinar can be found here.


The event will be accessible online, allowing for global participation and exchange.


The webinar will be hosted on ZOOM. Please register here for the event until 31 May 2024, 15:00 CEST/UTC+2 (Zambia/Germany).



Participation fee

The event is free of charge.


We look forward to your participation and engagement in this important dialogue. For inquiries and further information, please contact:

Pan-African Institute of Research and Innovation
Simson Mwale (Mr)
Mobile: +260 96 538716
Email: admin@no-spam-pleasepanafricainstitute.org

BayFOR Scientific Coordination Office Bavaria-Africa
Anna Stegmann (Ms)
Mobile: +49 173 8639382
Email: stegmann@no-spam-pleasebayfor.org

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