PAUSE, a program to help welcome scientists in exile created on January 16, 2017, provides public higher education and/or research establishments with subsidies to host scientists in emergency situations.
The increasing number of conflicts around the world and the authoritarian abuses of certain regimes are feeding what is now known as the European "refugee crisis". Scientists and intellectuals, whose aim is to find the truth, a mission which is, by its very nature, in marked contrast with the discrimination and falsehoods which drive these crises, find themselves targets of repression.
To date, no national system has been put in place in France to help welcome researchers and lecturer-researchers, in contrast to the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.
Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, thus announced during the Collège de France's fall symposium entitled "Migrations, Refugees, Exile" on October 13, 2016 his decision to create PAUSE, a program to urgently help welcome scientists in exile.
The program, which has received initial funding of one million euros from the French Ministry for National Education, Higher Education and Research, will be run from the Collège de France and hosted in the buildings of the Chancellery of Parisian Universities. An agreement to inaugurate the program was signed by these three institutions on January 16, 2017.
The program is supported by a prestigious sponsorship committee co-chaired by Edith Heard, Professor at the Collège de France, and Alain Prochiantz, Collège de France Administrator.
Following an evaluation process, the program will provide help to public higher education and research establishments aiming to welcome foreign researchers and teacher-researchers in emergency situations, by providing co-funding of €20,000 to €60,000 to hire such individuals. PAUSE aims to grow through numerous private and public partnerships. For this purpose, a subscription fund for the program has been opened with the Fondation de France.