The event was attended by a select group of academics and members of media focused on developments in Kurdish Studies as an academic field. Professor Aldwyn Cooper, the Vice Chancellor of Regent’s University London emphasised the contested statistics on Kurdish populations in the Middle East in his welcoming speech.
Ms Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the High Representative of Kurdistan Regional Government to the United Kingdom, in her opening speech appealed for a more structured scholarly work on Kurdish Studies.
Ibrahim Sirkeci, a Professor of Regent’s University London and the Director of Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies hosting the event, presented data on the growth of overall scholarly output in Kurdish Studies.
The progress in establishing academic ties among academics working in the field was discussed by Dr Welat Zeydanlioglu.
Martin van Bruinessen has shared his own journey of Kurdish Studies which dates back to the early 1970s.