Cara Syria Programme Symposium

6th – 10th December, 2021

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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“I benefitted so much from this course… 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.”

Sultan Jalabi

Social Scientist

Welcomes and Keynotes

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

8th December 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

9th December at 6pm (GMT)

Syrian Humming Project

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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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