Cara Syria Programme

We're live from Monday December 06, 2021 at 10:00

Voices from the Syrian Academic Community: Unique local insights and contributions to research, policy and practice

AIMS To provide a platform for Syrian academics to share their research findings; highlight importance of local knowledge, expertise, connections and collaboration; prompt discussion on what needs to be done and roles and responsibilities; and generate potential new partnerships.


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Day 1. Professor Simon Goldhill, The British Academy Foreign Secretary & Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Cara President

Day 3. Professor Robin Grimes, Royal Society Foreign Secretary, Dr Flavia Schlegel, International Science Council Special Envoy for Science in Global Policy & Professor Michael Worton, UCL

Day 5. Professor Jim Al-Khalili, University of Surrey


6th December 2021 (Day 1) Reconstructing Syrian society & the role of higher education (UNSDG 11. / UNSDG 16.)

7th December 2021 (Day 2) Inequality & displacement (UNSDG 10.)

8th December 2021 (Day 3) Operationalising research to help rebuild Syria's infrastrucure (UNSDG 7. / UNSDG 11.)

9th December 2021 (Day 4) Syrian food futures: Agriculture and food security (UNSDG 2. / UNSDG 15.)

10th December 2021 (Day 5) Syria: Partnership for the goal of quality higher education (UNSDG 17. / UNSDG 4.)

CULTURAL EVENTS: Day 3 film & Day 4 exhibition



Cara is most grateful to all who have supported the Cara Syria Programme, central to which The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the extraordinary academics and experts who freely give of their time. Click here to view Cara's supporters .

We are delighted to include the AHRC/GCRF funded University of Edinburgh Syrian Food Futures (SFF) project on Day 4, Session 2, and are most grateful for their financial contribution to the symposium.