Cara Syria Programme Symposium

6th ‚Äď 10th December, 2021

New graduate of Benghazi University takes a selfie in front of a ruined building at his university former headquarters in Benghazi. October 27, 2016. (Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters Pictures)

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

The Symposium provided 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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Full Programme

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‚ÄúI benefitted so much from this course‚Ķ What I liked most and found very useful was how to divide the academic research and how to write a research paper and then integrate it into teaching.‚ÄĚ

Sultan Jalabi

Social Scientist

Welcomes and Keynotes

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

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

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


6 Dec 2021 (Day 1) Reconstructing Syrian society & the role of higher education (UNSDGs 11 and 16)

7 Dec 2021 (Day 2) Inequality & displacement (UNSDG 10)

8 Dec 2021 (Day 3) Operationalising research to help rebuild Syria’s infrastrucure (UNSDGs 7 and 11)

9 Dec 2021 (Day 4) Syrian food futures: Agriculture and food security (UNSDGs 2 and 15)

10 Dec 2021 (Day 5) Syria: Partnership for the goal of quality higher education (UNSDGs 17 and 4)


Cultural Events: Day 3 film

8 Dec 2021 at 7pm (GMT)   

‘For Sama’ captures an epic and
intimate journey filmed through
five years of the uprising in
Aleppo, Syria. Waad al-Kateab
tells the story of how she fell in
love, married and gave birth to
her daughter Sama.

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Cultural Events: Day 4 exhibition

9 Dec 2021 at 6pm (GMT)

Syrian Humming Project

Syrian Humming Project is a sound art project that aims to tap into the personal and collective memories on food and daily life of displaced Syrian people through humming.


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.

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.


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