A virtual conference. South Africa – Sweden University Forum, SASUF.

Challenges and possibilities for academic freedom in Sweden and South Africa – SASUF workshop

In this workshop, researchers from the Young Academy of Sweden and the South African Young Academy of Science will share their insights on the conditions for academic freedom in the two countries. Warmly welcome!

Date: Tuesday 20 September
Time: 15.00–16.00
Venue: Zoom (find the link here External link, opens in new window.)
Hosts: The Young Academy of Sweden (YAS) and the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)

Through a selection of key themes of significance for academic freedom, such as research funding and organization, academic careers and tenure track, cultures of censorship, research assessment and notions of excellence, an introductory panel will start up the discussion by providing in-depth insights into the conditions for research independence in the respective countries, the overlaps and differences, and emergent trends, from the perspective of young researchers.


Alison Gerber (member YAS), Mia Liinason (Chair YAS), Thashree Marimuthu (SAYAS ExCo member), Tozama Ogunleye (Co-chair of SAYAS), Jonas Olofsson (alumni YAS), Janina Seubert (member YAS) and Sudesh Sivarasu (Co-chair, SAYAS).


The purpose of South Africa – Sweden University Forum, SASUF External link., is to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration at both individual and institutional level to strengthen ties in research, education and innovation between Sweden and South Africa.

SASUF 2030 is a transformative project uniting 39 universities from across Sweden and South Africa. Bringing together leading researchers, teachers, students, university leaders and other stakeholders, the project will develop joint solutions to the challenges posed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030.

Young Academy of Sweden
c/o The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Box 50005
SE-104 05 Stockholm

+ 46 (0)8 673 9500

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