Exhibition: Poser pour la liberté / Standing for freedom


There is war raging in their homeland, their freedom of research is restricted or they are persecuted: In many parts of the world, scientists face serious threats to their lives, freedom and well-being.



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From July 20 to August 4, 2022, the exhibition Standing for Freedom / Poser pour la liberté will show visitors what it means to have to leave one's own country as a scientist in order to experience freedom. The scientific mentor of a refugee scientist as well as the curator and the photographer of the exhibition will speak at the opening.

The exhibition shows portraits of refugee researchers who are living in France today. The photo compositions, consisting of a portrait, the country of origin, the host country and personal objects, show the stories of the persons portrayed. In addition, texts shed light on the history of scientific asylum, convey impressions about researchers in danger of their lives and science in exile.

The exhibition is under the patronage of the Ambassador of France in Germany, H.E. Anne-Marie Descôtes. The partners of the exhibition are RWTH Aachen University, the French Embassy and the Institut Français Aachen.

Time and Location
When? July 20 to August 4, 2022, 1 to 6pm each day.
Where? Aula Carolina, Pontstraße 7, Aachen
Costs? Entry is free of charge

Opening Ceremony

The exhibition will open on July 22. The IntSpire 2021 winner Professor Ralf Weiskirchen will speak, as will the curator Professor Pascale Laborier and the photographer Mr. Pierre-Jérôme Adjedj (from 12:30 to 1:15pm). The event will end with a vernissage (from 1:15 to 2pm).

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend. Please register with us beforehand.


Further Information

Vulnerable and refugee researchers at RWTH Aachen University:

RWTH Aachen University is committed to the freedom of science. As a member of the global Scholars at Risk network, it is actively involved in helping researchers at risk who are no longer able to work in their home countries due to violence, restricted freedom of research or persecution. Since 2017, RWTH Aachen University has been able to offer future prospects to more than ten researchers and their families thanks to funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Philipp Schwartz Initiative.