16 June 2023
The conference entitled ‘Lessons of resilience and social inclusion from COVID-19’ funded by the British Academy took place on June 1-2, 2023 at the London headquarters of the Royal Society, the oldest learned society in the UK and one of the oldest in Europe. Ikerbasque researcher at the University of Deusto Dr Rocío García-Carrión (eDucaR research team) was invited to speak at the event, convened by Dr Cristina Azaola (University of Southampton), which gathered scholars from academic institutions from different European countries (Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Spain), Latin America, and the United States to engage in a debate on resilient responses to overcoming the devastating social effects of the pandemic.
Dr García-Carrión was part of the international and multidisciplinary panel of scientists who presented cutting-edge research in the field, focussing on educational actions that have supported the most vulnerable students and communities in their learning paths and emotional well-being – both in the midst of COVID-19 lockdowns and in reducing existing inequalities. Dr García-Carrión explained how the Horizon Europe project SCIREARLY has been built on the solid foundation of scientific evidence achieved in recent decades to address the academic and social success of students.
Advancing scientific knowledge and ensuring its contributions to the improvement of the conditions and lives of the people of educational communities are fundamental to SCIREARLY, which is dedicated to policies and practices based on scientific research to reduce underachievement and early school leaving in Europe. As such, it was emphasized that the contributions of SCIREARLY are aligned with the most urgent needs of the educational field, not only in terms of reducing educational inequalities but also overcoming those that persist and increase over time. It is high time to bolster our efforts to make the goal of overcoming existing inequalities a reality - and such efforts include SCIREARLY.