Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies

50th Anniversary Conference and 17th IUC Council Meeting

29 September - 1 October 2022

Fostering Inclusive Internationalization; Role and Responsibilities of Science in Addressing Global Challenge


The crisis that we face, from climate change and migration to Covid-19 and violent conflicts, all demonstrate the need for open and inclusive scientific internationalization. Collaboration and communication between researchers as well as between research institutes and universities is needed on a global scale. It is not only needed within the scientific community but also between the scientific community and other spheres of society on different levels: from governments and international NGOs to the public and private sector as a whole. Joint collaborative efforts are needed to fight the pandemic, to fight climate change, to solve international conflicts and as well as for finding solutions to deal with the effects and consequences of these crises.

At the same time, we experience that internationalization is not inclusive at all. Economic interests or rationalities determine to a large extent who is in and who is out. Sometimes directly, as is demonstrated for instance by the uneven distributions of vaccines across the globe. Sometimes indirectly, as is visible for instance in the patterns of cooperation between universities where international alliances with the highest-ranking partner universities or with countries with the best-paying students remain dominant. As a consequence, countries with less high-ranked institutes and students with little financial means are excluded from internationalization. And yet, all countries need new generations of researchers and of academically trained professionals that are able to collaborate in an international environment; that are able to address global challenges and to make meaningful steps in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals.

What roles and responsibilities does the academic community have, universities, research institutes, and higher education in general, to foster inclusive internationalization? What barriers are there for open international scientific cooperation and for fulfilling these responsibilities? How can we organize international scientific cooperation in such a way that we can overcome barriers and fulfil these responsibilities? And how does that show in different societal spheres, sectors, or in relation to specific topics?

These and other questions we will address in a two-day conference on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik. 

The topic of the conference is directly related to the history and mission of the IUC as an independent center for advanced study. Since its foundation in 1972, the IUC serves as a bridge between regions within Europe and between the European region and the world by connecting scientific communities and connecting communities through science.


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Provisional programme

Thursday, September 29, 2022

16.00 – Opening of the conference

16.30 – Public opening lecture by Prof. Dr. Ksenija Turković (confirmed)

Facing Global Challenges by Promoting Human Dignity and Respect for the Rule of Law through Education and Science

Ksenija Turković is prof. of law at the University of Zagreb and former Judge and Vice-president of the European Court of Human Rights. She holds an LL.M. and a J.S.D. from Yale Law School and her main field of research are human rights law,  criminal law, criminology, victimology, medical law and ethics. She published textbooks, books, law commentary and papers in international and domestic journals. She presided over a committee that drafted a current Croatian Penal Code and was a Vice-Chair of the Committee that drafted Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Violence and Exploitation and Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for Child Friendly Justice. She is an IUC course director and former Vice-Chair of the IUC Executive Committee.

17.30 – Welcoming reception at the IUC

19.00 – Cultural program in cooperation with the City of Dubrovnik


Friday, September 30, 2022

9.15 – Introduction to the program

9.30 - Keynote 1: Prof. Dr. Thomas C. Mettenleiter (confirmed)

Bio-medical perspectives on the pandemic

Thomas Mettenleiter is President of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), Federal Research Institute for Animal Health on the Isle of Riems. His main field of research are virus infections and the development of novel vaccines using molecular technology. His scientific record contains more than 450 peer-reviewed publications and he supervised more than 100 young scientists. He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg, the Polish Academy of Science, and the Royal Belgian Academy of Medicine. He is co-chairing WHO One Health High-Level Expert Panel.

10.00 - Keynote 2: Dr. Arabinda Mitra (confirmed)

Reorienting Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) priorities to meet the impending global challenges through partnership - Indian model

Arabinda Mitra is Hon. Distinguished Fellow and former Scientific Secretary in the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. Dr. Mitra holds a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge (1988). Within the Indian Antarctic Program he planned and launched several scientific projects in Antarctica. At the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research in Goa, he established the first ice core study laboratory in the country. In 2004 he was appointed as the founding Executive Director of the bi-national Indo-US Science and Technology Forum. In 2011 he became the Head of International Cooperation in the Department of Science and Technology of Government of India, overseeing India’s international ST engagements with 44 countries.

10.30 – Coffee break

11.00 – 12.15 Seminar sessions I

In the seminar sessions (paper) presentations will be given and discussed on the analysis and/or policies for inclusive international scientific cooperation (iisc). The call for papers opens in December 2021 and closes in March 2022.

Paper proposals can be handed in on specific topics such as (and not exclusively):

- digital communication and iisc

- iisc through higher education

- challenges for iisc resulting from the Covid-19 crisis.

- human rights and iisc

- poverty and iisc

- inequality and iisc

- climate change and iisc

12.15 – Lunch break including poster sessions for graduate and PhD students

13.15 – 14.30 Seminar Sessions II

14.30 – Round Table;

The Need for Reconnecting

15.15 – Break

15.35 – Short video messages of past IUC lecturers

15.45 – Keynote 3: Prof. Dr. Gunn Birkelund (confirmed)

The Social Impact of Pandemics as a Global Challenge

Gunn Birkelund is a professor of sociology at the University of Oslo. Her research interests include analytical sociology, labour market studies, social stratification, and social cohesion. She has an extensive track record in international scientific cooperation from her many research visits at, among others, the University of Madison-Wisconsin, University of California at Berkeley, University of Oxford, and Nuffield College. She chairs the IUC Executive Committee since 2010. In 2021 she was appointed Secretary-General of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

16.15 – Keynote 4:  Prof. dr. Henk Kummeling (confirmed)

Universities and the Future of Inclusive International Scientific Cooperation

Henk Kummeling is a professor of Constitutional Law since 1995 at Utrecht University. As a distinguished professor (since 2015)  his research focuses on institutions in new democratic constitutional states and the role of international organisations. He has a strong interest in connecting his work with universities in different parts of the world as is visible in his role as an extraordinary professor at the University of the Western Cape Town (South Africa) and his involvement in higher education and research in the Dutch Caribbean and with the Anton de Kom University in Paramaribo (Surinam). Between 2005 and 2017 he was president of the Dutch Electoral Council. Since 2018 he is the Rector Magnificus of Utrecht University.

16.45 – Conclusion of the conference

17.00 – Drinks

19.00 – Dinner – Restaurant Porat, Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik


17th IUC Council Meeting

Saturday, October 1, 2022

9.00 – 9.30       Registration

9.30 – 12.30    17th IUC Council meeting

13.00 – 14.30  Lunch

15.00                First meeting of the newly elected Executive Committee


Attached documents
Draft Call IUC 50th Anniversary Conference.pdf