The UKRainian Academic International NEtwork (The UKRAINE Network) is an informal professional community, open to researchers from any field—irrespective of nationality—interested in fostering academic cooperation with Ukraine. It was launched in Berlin (Germany) in January 2016.
During the recent presentation of the audit of the national R&D system of Ukraine on 19 December 2016 the EC speaker Dr Hans Chang spoke on a role that the research diaspora can play in supporting reforms and mentioned our network in this context (starting at 38'35''). He has also directly quoted our recent article in the Research Europe.
On 11 July 2016 the founding meeting of the German-Ukrainian Academic Society (Die Deutsch-Ukrainische Akademische Gesellschaft) has been held in Berlin. 16 scientists came together to found an organisation, which once registered as a legal entity (e.V.) will support the goals of the UKRAINE Network in the context of the German-Ukrainian academic cooperation. Currently the legal process of the society’s registration is on the way, and we shall inform you on how to become a member and support the Society in the near future – watch this space!
The German-Ukrainian Academic Society/ The UKRAINE Network co-organised the first German-Ukrainian Summer School "Perspectives for young scientists in life sciences: Mastering global challenges of the modern society" (25-31 July 2016, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine). At this event in several discussion rounds international participants discussed the issues related to the reform of higher education in Ukraine as well as scientific/technology activities and formulated some recommendations. In the interview presented below the organisers speak about the UKRAINE Network in Ukrainian and in English:
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First meet-up in Dresden
On 13 December a group of 12 scientists from six different Dresden scientific institutions, as well as guests from Berlin and Hanover, got together for an informal round-discussion dinner. Dresden hosts, according to some estimates, one of the largest Ukrainian research diaspora communities in Germany, especially researchers with background in physics, chemistry, material sciences and life sciences. In an informal pre-Christmas atmosphere this meeting offered a nice opportunity to get to know, exchange the experiences and views on cooperating with research partners in Ukraine, and to explore some ideas for possible future coordinated efforts. It was unanimously decided that such meetings should happen regularly and the next one is tentatively planned for February 2017. The meeting was organised by Dr Vyacheslav Khavrus (TU Dresden) and Dr Denys Makarov (HZDR), active members of the UKRAINE Network.
Contact: Vyacheslav Khavrus, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IWF Dresden), vhavrus(at)gmail(dot)com
Lecture series “Science from the first hands” of the regional group Berlin-Brandenburg: Lecture on Vasyl Sukhomlynsky by Dr O.V. Proskura
The lecture “Vasyl Sukhomlynskyj in dialogue with modernity” was given by Dr Olena Proskura, one of the followers of the most known Ukrainian Teachers on 12 December at the Ukrainian embassy in Berlin. Dr Proskura is a renowned expert in the field of child psychology and pre-school education and a founder of numerous methodical guides (e.g. her programme “Child/ Дитина” has been adopted by a vast majority of pre-schools in Ukraine since early 90th of the last century). The lecture was devoted to the life and intellectual heritage of the true Teacher, whose most famous book “I give my heart to the children/ Серце віддаю дітям” was published in 30 languages all over the world as 54 editions. Interestingly, this work first appeared in print in Berlin in 1968, before the permission was granted to publish it in Kyiv. In Marburg, Germany, a Society of followers of Sukhomlynsky was founded back in 1990. Since 1994 there are regular readings devoted to V. Sukhomlynsky, organised by the head of the Pedagogic Society of Ukraine, Olga Sukhomlynska and the head of All-Ukrainian Association named after Sukhomlynsky, Oleksandra Savchenko.
Contact: Olesia Lazarenko, olesia.lazarenko/at)hu-berlin(dot)de
PhD Thesis Presentation Contest (21 September 2016, Berlin)
The first PhD Thesis Presentation Contest took place as a part of the UkraineLab Forum’s event “German-Ukrainian polyphony of scientific innovations: Hearing young voices” organised in cooperation with the MitOst e.V. and supported by the Ukrainian Embassy in Germany. With this Contest we aimed to promote young scientists both from Germany and Ukraine and in doing so to contribute to raising the profile of the German-Ukrainian academic cooperation. Five finalists were Ukrainian PhD students carrying out their research at Freie Universität Berlin, Leuphana University, TU Darmstadt, University of Duisburg-Essen and the Wildau TU of Applied Sciences. The topics of fascinating and challenging five-minute talks ranged from atomic physics to political sciences, from law to biotechnology and material science. The jury, consisting of senior experts from different fields, awarded two first places to the best speakers representing natural sciences on one hand and social sciences and humanities on the other, and one second place:
Both winners received valuable book prizes from the German-Ukrainian Academic Society. In addition, the generous monetary part of the prizes, – EUR 1500 for each of the first places and EUR 500 for the second place, has been endowed by Nomad Bioscience GmbH. This highly innovative biotechnology company was founded and is directed by Professor Yury Gleba, an active member of the Society. At the award ceremony Oksana Huss shared her wish of not only studying, but actively supporting the anti-corruption activities in Ukraine, – specifically by donating her prize-money to the newly established Anti-Corruption Research and Education Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine.
First Networking Event on German-Ukrainian Academic Cooperation (28-29 January 2016, Berlin)
Photos: courtesy of the DAAD/Zensen.
This meeting was initiated by a group of Ukrainian-born German scientists and organised jointly with the DAAD, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the DFG, with generous support from the Federal Ministries for Foreign Affairs and Education and Research. More than 200 participants – current DAAD and Humboldt fellowship-holders and alumni, scientists from Germany and Ukraine, who work on joint DFG-supported scientific projects and high-level officials both from German and Ukrainian ministries and research organisations, gathered in Berlin. This meeting for the first time offered an opportunity for current Ukrainian fellowship-holders to meet and network with already established researchers in Germany, as well as learn about funding schemes supporting bilateral scientific collaboration. At the panel discussion, workshops and throughout the meeting the participants have discussed some of the main challenges faced at the moment by the Ukrainian scientific community, the undergoing reforms, and elaborated on some potential solutions. The event was loaded with positive energy and genuine enthusiasm and now we aim to translate it into specific joint activities, which will make a difference!
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