The University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU) is organizing the 1st Symposium on Basque Academic Diaspora, which will take place on 12th July 2016 in Donostia-San Sebastián. This Symposium is devised as the starting point to lay the foundations to promote a international network of academics and researchers with Basque ancestors or ties with the Basque Country dispersed all over the world. This network aims to stay in tune with the roots that define its members and promote and strengthen future collaborations in search of mutual benefit in terms of knowledge and a sense of belonging. It will be the opportunity to identify research, intellectual, and cultural pollinization throughout the planet and link it to its roots in the Basque Country.
The 1st Symposium on Basque Academic Diaspora is an activity that contributes to the development of relations with the Basque Diaspora, from an academic and research perspective, with the aim of creating and developing an international network of teachers and researchers to benefit from the shared and common potential. It is proposed to set up this relation arena as a meeting point for dialogue, exchanging ideas, and knowledge generation and transfer. A space that will allow the Basque Country to keep growing with contributions from any part of the world, but will also benefit all those who participate, as they will see a nexus of academic collaboration rooted in their origins and with the spirit to grow in knowledge and staying true to the motto of the UPV/EHU’s: “eman ta zabal zazu” (“give and spread knowledge”).
The first edition of this symposium will take place in Donostia-San Sebastián, taking advantage of the international opportunity the city offers in 2016 as having been declared European Capital of Culture. It will be an opportunity to share knowledge and enjoy the international benchmark qualities of the city as a welcome symbol of that academic diaspora we want to connect with and recover.