Academia in the Service of Refugee Inclusion

On the occasion of World Refugee Day and the completion of the 2022/2023 academic year, the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) is pleased to organize an international panel, bringing together experts in the fields of academia, research, humanitarian assistance, and refugee inclusion, to discuss how academia can support refugee inclusion. The Panel Discussion will be followed by the awarding of certificates to the KUL students who have successfully completed the stipulated requirements for KUL’s programme on Refugee Protection and Humanitarian Assistance.


Topics for Discussion:

  • The role of academia in welcoming newly arrived refugees to a community
  • Using academic settings to foster inclusion and integration of refugees in the host community
  • Best practices in conducting academic research with displaced populations and how it can be effectively used to shape policy and humanitarian actions
  • How to mobilize students to support refugees and displaced persons



Official Welcoming

Prof. Dr. Beata Piskorska, Vice Rector of KUL


Introduction of Topic & Panelists

Dr. Tomasz Sieniow


Questions & Panel Discussion

Moderator: Dr. Tomasz Sieniow

Panelists: Christine Goyer, UNHCR

Prof. Dr. Bohdan Rożnowski, KUL

Merlin Flaig, IDOS

Dr. Wojciech Wciseł, KUL


Questions from the audience

Moderator: Dr. Tomasz Sieniow


Awarding of Certificates

Prof. Dr. Beata Piskorska, Vice Rector of KUL

Prof. Dr. Andrzej Herbet, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration


Closing Remarks

Marco Procaccini, Head of Field Office, UNHCR


Coffee, Tea, Light Snacks

All participants

The discussion will be held in Polish and English, with simultaneous translation for both languages.

19 JUNE 2023


Location: Centrum Transferu Wiedzy (CTW), room 102

KUL, Al. Racławickie 14