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Research Collaboration with Partners in the "Global South"

Nov 26, 2020 | 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Opportunities and Best Practices

Organizer: Berlin Center for Global Engagement (BCGE)

Date and time: Nov 26-27, 2020 - each from 09:00 am to 12:00 pm (registration until Nov 4)

Language: English

Target group: Members of the partners of the Berlin University Alliance (Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin); Early career researchers, postdocs, administrative coordinators with first project experience. If you would like to register together with your international project partner, please indicate your interest.

Participants: 12-15

Trainer: Access 2 Perspectives, Dr. Jo Havemann

Registration: Please send an Email with a brief description of your key interests and your current position until November 4, 2020 to: bcge@berlin-university-alliance.de

We confirm your participation by November 10, 2020 the latest.


While the importance of international research collaboration is undisputed, research project implementation between partners in Europe and the “Global South” can often turn out challenging on multiple levels. This course provides a platform for exchange of experiences on how to circumvent and work through issues such as poor internet connectivity, political instability and discrepancies in research capacity. Participants will gain a more comprehensive understanding for project planning in challenging contexts, be able to balance expectations and plan for realistic outcomes of their collaborative research projects. Explicit discussion points will rotate around participants’ specific use cases, questions and experiences. We will compile recommendations, best practices and guidelines for mutually beneficial research collaborations.

Course content

  • Informed and effective project planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Intercultural communication and competence
  • Research resilience in challenging infrastructures
  • Access to and affordability of research equipment
  • Capacity building through a multi-stakeholder approach
  • Research ethics, Data security and academic freedom
  • Equitable collaboration and dissemination of research results

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding research contexts and the importance of on-site visits
  • Balanced expectation management and contribution recognition
  • Being able to budget and plan for the unexpected

Time & Location

Nov 26, 2020 | 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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