Discover PAUSE through videos on the programme and its beneficiaries

L’accueil des chercheurs étrangers vu par Laura Lohéac, directrice du programme PAUSE

June 3, 2024 | News Tank TV



What have been the key evolutions of the PAUSE programme since its creation in 2017? What crisis are we responding to ? What are the main challenges currently faced by the programme?


Laura Lohéac, Executive Director of the PAUSE programme, discusses these issues with News Tank TV. Speaking to Gilbert Azoulay, she reminds us of the ever-increasing need for the programme to help researchers and artists in danger as crises and conflicts multiply, and stresses the growing need to diversify the programme's financial resources.

A look back at PAUSE 2024 Network Day !

May 29, 2024 | French hosting Programme for Scientists and Artists in Exile



The PAUSE Network Day is an annual event held by the French hosting Programme for Scientists and Artists in exile (PAUSE) at the Collège de France. It brings together all the programme's stakeholders: PAUSE laureates, their host institutions, members of the programme's evaluation and support committees, and the public authorities that sponsor the program.


Produced by Kristina Borhes, an independent Ukrainian documentarist supported by PAUSE and co-founder of MZM Projects, this video looks back at the 2024 edition of this Network Day held on March 29 at the Collège de France. The event brought together over 200 participants around fruitful discussions and exchanges.

Création de fiches-métiers sur l'enseignement supérieur et la recherche avec Simone Bonnafous

March 29, 2024 | French hosting Programme for Scientists and Artists in Exile



Simone Bonnafous, academic and professional integration coordinator for refugees at Jesuite Refugee Service (JRS) France and the MEnS network, presents the project to produce job sheets on higher education and research. The creation of these sheets in collaboration with the PAUSE programme was based on the testimonies of 16 PAUSE's laureates on their professional integration at the end of the programme. Based on real-life experiences, these job sheets provide guidance to exiled researchers on how to enter the academic world in France.


The professional sheets are available on Réfugié website

Tereza Barabash's testimony, a PAUSE laureate artist hosted at the EnsAD

December 10, 2023 | The French Hosting Programme for Scientists and Artists in Exile (PAUSE)



On this year’s Human Rights Day and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the PAUSE programme invites you to discover the testimony of one of its laureates: Tereza Barabash.


This video presents the journey of this Ukrainian artist, who fled the war following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The PAUSE programme has enabled her to regain personal and professional stability, and to pursue her artistic projects at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD), where she is currently based.

The PAUSE programme, a powerful tool for defending academic freedom

November 29, 2023 | Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA)



Discover the PAUSE programme's actions in favor of academic freedom in this video produced by the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) on the occasion of the "Academic Freedom - The state of a fundamental value for Europe" event on November 29, 2023.


Laura Lohéac, the programme's executive director, also details concrete proposals for action at European level in defense of academic freedom.


The STOA Panel is a panel of MEPs from the European Parliament whose mission is to analyze issues relating to science and technology. In November 2022, the panel launched a European Forum for Academic Freedom, designed as a discussion platform bringing together the European academic community on this issue. The aim of this forum is to shed light on the state of academic freedom in Europe, and ultimately to produce monitoring instruments common to all member states.


The "Academic Freedom - The state of a fundamental value for Europe" event on November 29, 2023 is a continuation of this initiative. To find out more about this event, visit the STOA Panel page:

Que fait la France pour les chercheurs en exil

November 14, 2024 | Campus France



On November 14 and 15, 2023, the Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris (CIUP) was the host venue for the 4th edition of the Rencontres Campus France pour la Recherche et l'Innovation. This year, they were dedicated to the topic of "Scientific attractiveness: a springboard for international mobility". The PAUSE programme was invited to speak on the subject of hosting exiled researchers.


In this video, you will hear the interventions of Laura Lohéac, Executive Director of the PAUSE programme, and Abdulkarim Tutakhail, PAUSE scientific laureate hosted at Université Paris-Saclay.

Journée mondiale de la science au service de la paix et du développement : témoignage de Gulistan Sido

November 10, 2023 | French hosting Programme d'Accueil for Scientists and Artists in Exile



For the World Science Day for Peace and Development, celebrated on November 10, the French hosting Programme for Scientists and Artists in Exile (PAUSE) invites you to discover the testimony of one of its laureates: Gulistan Sido.


This video retraces the journey of this Kurdish scientist from Syria, who fled her country in 2021 due to the intensification of the terrorist threat in her native region. The PAUSE programme enabled her to join the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Inalco), where she pursued her PhD on Kurdish oral and written literature.


Discover her latest article: Ramazan Pertev, Gulsitan Sido, (2023), "L'enseignement de la littérature orale kurde en Turquie et en Syrie", Revue des oralités du monde, n°2,

Best-Of 2023 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science International Awards Ceremony

July 7, 2023 | Fondation L'Oréal


Watch the 25th anniversary of the L'Oréal Foundation-UNESCO International Prize for Women in Science.


The L'Oréal Foundation-UNESCO International Prize for Women in Science is awarded each year to 5 outstanding women scientists to honour their careers and encourage the pursuit of their work. Today, only 33% of researchers are women. By giving them this prize, the L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO are supporting women in science and recognizing the contribution of their work to society in material sciences, mathematics and computer sciences.


For the 25th anniversary of the international prize, 3 exiled women researchers were honored with a special award in tribute to their careers and work. Two of them were laureates supported by the PAUSE programme: Mursal Dawodi, an Afghan scientist working in the field of artificial intelligence, and Ann Al Sawoor, an Iraqi mathematics researcher.


In this video, you will also discover a speech given by Edith Heard, godmother of PAUSE and laureate of the 2020 international For Women In Science award.

To find out more about the international prize For Women In Science, visit the For Women In Science page:

PAUSE: A programme to support researchers and artists in exile

June 20, 2023 | French Ministry of Higher Education and Research



Discover this video focusing on the PAUSE programme produced by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research on World Refugee Day.


The video highlights the objectives and activities of the PAUSE programme, giving the floor to Laura Lohéac, the programme's Executive Director, as well as to two of the PAUSE's laureates: Kateryna Dostensko, a veterinary medicine researcher from Ukraine who is currently hosted at the Institut Pasteur, and Laeiq Ahmadi, a doctoral student in archaeology from Afghanistan who is continuing his work at Université Paris-Nanterre.

Le programme PAUSE à l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

January 5, 2023 | Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne



Discover the PAUSE programme realised by the video produced by Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne which introduces the programme's history, objectives and key information, as well as its historic partnership with the university.


In this video, you will discover some of the key figures of the Université Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne involved in the management of relations with the PAUSE programme, including Christine Neau-Leduc, President of the university, Thomas Clay, in charge of coordinating the programme at the university from 2020 to 2022, and Marie-Cécile Leconte, administrative manager of the programme at the university.


You will also discover the testimonials of Zakiatou Oualet-Halatine, a PAUSE laureate hosted at Université Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Philippe Dupichot, her scientific advisor in the establishment.

Solidarity Ukraine : Nataliia Naumova’s, a scientist supported by the FRM and PAUSE, shares her testimony on her journey

December 1, 2022 | Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM)



Discover PAUSE’s Ukraine Emergency Fund (Fonds d'Urgence Solidarité-Ukraine) through Nataliia Naumova’s testimony, a PAUSE laureate on the cover of our 2022 Activity Report.


The Fonds d'Urgence Solidarité-Ukraine was launched in March 2022 to support scientists fleeing the war in Ukraine. A total of 132 scientists benefited from this fund. Among them, Nataliia Naumova, a biology and biochemistry researcher, hosted at the Institut Gustave Roussy, thanks to the support of PAUSE and the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM).


In this video produced by the FRM you will discover Nataliia Naumova's scientific career, before and since her arrival in France, through her powerful testimony.


PAUSE thanks the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale for its precious support.

PAUSE Program - Sciences & Arts in exile

November 18, 2022 | Collège de France



Discover the event Sciences & Arts in exile organised by the PAUSE programme !


On October 2, 2019, the PAUSE programme held an event entitled "Sciences & Arts en exil" at the Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, under the auspices of the Collège de France. The aim of this event was to raise awareness on the issue of exile, and to rally public and private stakeholders in favour of welcoming scientists and artists in danger.


The powerful testimonies shared during the evening were a reminder of the need to involve everyone on this issue. At a time when nationalism and authoritarianism are on the rise, the PAUSE programme proves to be more useful than ever. Its values of solidarity, freedom and openness, as well as its intellectual, scientific and artistic promise, open up new horizons for researchers and artists at-risk.

The PAUSE Program at the Université Paris-Cité

June 27, 2022 | Université Paris-Cité


Discover the partnership between the PAUSE programme and the Université Paris Cité to host scientists in danger and forced into exile. Since 2018, more than eleven male and female researchers have been able to work in Université Paris Cité’s laboratories thanks to this partnership.


This video, produced by Université Paris Cité, introduces the testimonies of two PAUSE laureates: Mohamed Takook (Iran) welcomed at the AstroParticle and Cosmology Laboratory (APC) and Tayebe Musavi (Afghanistan) who works at the Centre de Recherche Psychanalyse Médecine et Société (CRPMS).

Rencontre avec Pascale Laborier commissaire de l'exposition Poser pour la liberté.

April 21, 2021 | La Cité du design



The Standing For Freedom exhibition, supported by the PAUSE programme and part of the RESTRICA project (Regards sur les exils scientifiques contraints d'hier et d'aujourd'hui), retraces the story of scientists and artists forced into exile. Over a two-year period, portraits of exiled scientists and artists and their hosts were realised. Many of PAUSE's laureates and their host institutions took part in this project which is the result of a collaboration between the academic Pascale Laborier and the photographer Pierre-Jérome Adjedj. It emergd from their dialogue about the representation of scientific exile, involving the people photographed. Through an effect of transparency, the faces blend with symbolic fragments retracing these lives. They sometimes disappear to preserve the anonymity of these threatened scientists.


To find out more about the RESTRCIA project, please visit the website :

PAUSE programme: "Saving lives, saving ideas"

September 28, 2021 | TV5 Monde



Discover PAUSE through a broadcast of the TV programme “Grand Angle” on TV5 Monde.


In this broadcast, you will discover the history, activities and objectives of the PAUSE programme presented by Laura Lohéac, Executive Director of the programme, and Belgheis Jafari, an Afghan teacher at Inalco and laureate of the programme. The interviews were conducted in the context of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, which is addressed through the perspective of scientific exile.