BRiDGE II kickoff meeting Bielefeld

on 14th – 16th of January, the kickoff meeting of BRiDGE II project started in Bielefeld, Germany. The project is a European funded project, where DSFG e.V. is a partner in one of the work packages and part of the advisory board represented by Dr. Hasan Tawamie, Ing. Khaled Alhayek and Dr. Hani Harb. The project aims to help displaced scientists find their way back in science either academic or industrial. In the meeting Dr. Harb have presented the DSFG e.V. as one of the associated partners and have given insights on the way to improve the work of the consortium in the sense that can help displaced scientists. BRiDGE II is a project funded under the Horizon 2020 call SwafS-6-2018: Science4Refugees-Support to highly skilled refugee scientists. BRiDGE is a two year project that started on December 1st, 2018 BRiDGE II gives an all-in-one solution for the localized guidance of refugee researchers (RRs) in the European Research Area (ERA) and enables the 40 EURAXESS country members in the ERA to identify and utilize the potential of RRs across Europe. Procedures and criteria to identify and recruit participants • All asylum granted researchers in Europe and Horizon2020 eligible countries are eligible to participate in the project, and profit especially from the matching with academic and non-academic mentors, the trainings, the career development measures and the networks. • All other researchers who are involuntary immigrants with a refugee background or researchers at risk, which refers to researchers who are either at risk in their origin countries (due to discrimination, persecution, suffering or violence), or are seeking refuge out of these reasons or have recently found refuge in Europe are eligible too, if project capacity is given. • All career stages (R1-R4) of refugee researchers are eligible, priority though will be given to R3-R4 refugee researchers. • For the recruitment and identification of participants the beneficiaries use their established network in the refugee researchers’ community of their countries and collaborate in a wide network of experts and NGOs, recruiting refugee researchers in network events, through mouth-to-mouth propaganda, excellent and committed academic mentors, Science4Refugees, newsletters, mailing-lists, social media. Impact of BRiDGE II • The project facilitates the efforts of the European Union to help RRs settle into their host country of residence and prepare RR for the highly competitive and highly skilled EU job market. • The project outcomes will contribute to increasing RRs employability and making use of the EURAXESS Portal. The knowledge and experience to be gained, the methodologies to be developed will enable the future integration of RRs in the European Societies. BRiDGE II Work Plan BRiDGE II is structured in 5 interrelated work packages (WP): • WP1 Ethics and Data Protection focused on Ethics and data protection in line with national and European rules and laws on data protection. • WP2 Career Planning, Mentoring and Building Networks emphasizes the guidance of 300 Refugee Researchers, who are already affiliated with higher and research institutions in Europe, on their path to a future career in and outside academia. • WP3 Career Development Courses and Trainings which is the base for the implementation of other WPs, adjusting course materials and conducting trainings and materials for the integration of RRs in the European job market (in and outside academia), by obtaining key career and labour market relevant skills and knowledge; • WP4 Dissemination and Outreach with the scope to establish a comprehensive, consistent and sustainable dissemination strategy for the project which will enhance the impact of the co-generated project activities for all target audiences, especially for RRs and EURAXESS members. • WP5 Project Management and Quality Assurance devoted to the coordination, monitoring and reporting on the projects progress.