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!
Photo: At the German-Ukrainian network meeting (from left to right):
- Andriy Luzhetskyy, Professor, University of Saarland
- Alexandra Antoniouk, Institute of Mathematics of NAS of Ukraine, President of the “Humboldt Club Ukraine”
- Peter Funke, Vice President of the DFG
- Margret Wintermantel, President of the DAAD
- Gernot Erler, German Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs
- Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation,
- Oleh Mirus, Minister-Counselor, Embassy of Ukraine in Germany
- Johannes Müller, Director of the Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology at Kiel University
Photos: courtesy of the DAAD/Zensen.