Between 8 and 11 March, Renos Papadopoulos was at Heidelberg University where he was invited to be one of the keynote speakers at the International Systemic Research Conference that was attended by over 600 professionals from all over the world. The title of his keynote presentation was 'Refugee Aid: can systemic research help?' In addition, he was invited to chair a Symposium, (on 'Refugees and Refugee Aid', with presenters from Canada, Germany, Turkey and USA), to be the presenter on a 'Panel and Debate' (entitled 'Refugee Aid: key political, clinical and research issues'), and to be one of the discussants on another 'Panel and Debate' (entitled 'Systemic Approaches to Collective and National Trauma').
On 14 March around thirty students and academic staff from different departments attended a talk, entitled 'Inclusion of Refugees in Higher Education: Refugee Voices from Colchester,' organised by the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees. The talk brought five speakers from Colchester: Nasir Warfa (lecturer on MA Refugee Care), Maria Wilby (one of the founding members of Refugee Action-Colchester and Brightlingsea Refugee Support Network), Rahaf Ghalion (young mother and former student from Damascus), Nusiaba Albatal (young mother and B.A. Degree in English Language and Literature from Damascus University) and Ahmad Ekrimah (B.Sc. Degree in Accounting from Damascus University). This talk specifically focused on refugee experiences in Colchester through discussion on the psycho-social aspects of the refugee experience, the role of civil society and the challenges and obstacles faced by both refugees and voluntary organisations in accessing higher education.
Renos Papadopoulos was informed by the University that his project in Sierra Leone was shortlisted for the new Celebrating Research Impact Awards. The awards are an integral part of the Celebrating Research Excellence initiative and cover research impact across all three faculties. Eligible are those that have been funded through the Impact Acceleration Account of the ESRC. There will be three awards categories in the first instance and each carries a £1,000 prize: Best Research Impact Award, Best Research Impact Award by an Early Career Researcher or Doctoral Student, and Best International Research Impact Award. The winners will be announced in April.