Lectures and seminars Academic collaborations in a time of war, conflicts, and political tensions

14-03-2022 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm Add to iCal
Online Zoom

The Russian attack on Ukraine has prompted a wide range of sanctions, including “science sanctions” targeting universities in Russia and Belarus. Science sanctions impact academic collaborations and call for reflections on how we as academics should handle our international contacts in both short- and long-term perspectives.

These reflections should be part of a wider discussion on how we best can navigate responsibly and provide support in a world marked by conflicts, political tensions, democratic decline, and rising authoritarianism.

Introduction by Ole Petter Ottersen, President, Karolinska Institutet and Robert Harris, Academic Vice President for Doctoral Education, Karolinska Institutet.


A Zoom link will be provided after registration to Karin Ekström.

This event is digital and will be held in English. The target group is KI employees and students, but the webinar is open also for attendance from other universities and organisations.


  • Astrid Söderbergh Widding, President, Stockholm University and Chair of The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions
  • Johan von Schreeb, Professor and Director of the Health Emergency and Pandemic Science Center, Karolinska Institutet
  • Anna Mia Ekström, Professor, Karolinska Institutet
  • András Simon, Professor, Karolinska Institutet
  • Rouzbeh Parsi, Head of Middle East and North Africa Programme at Swedish Institute of International Affairs
  • Peter Wallensteen, Senior Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University

Moderated by Carl Johan Sundberg, Professor, Karolinska Institutet.

Questions to be discussed

  • How should we handle our international academic collaborations when they are interrupted by war, conflicts, and political differences?
  • Is there a place for science sanctions?
  • Should research and public research funding be used to put pressure on actors involved in international conflicts?
  • When sanctions are imposed towards colleagues abroad, how should we avoid polarization and discrimination within our campuses at home?
  • How should we manage collaborations with scientists and organizations in countries with authoritarian regimes?
  • How can universities build sufficient competence for responsible internationalization?  
  • How can we as academics and academic institutions provide the best possible support for our Ukrainian colleagues and the victims of this war?