23 June: UKRAINET #Stand With Ukraine Webinar Series “International Science Landscape, First Orientation & Useful Tips, #2: Austria & Switzerland”, in Ukrainian

The Ukrainian Academic International Network (UKRAINET), in cooperation with the #Science for Ukraine has recently launched this series of short informational webinars (ca 1 h each), in Ukrainian, aimed at displaced Ukrainian researchers, who now found themselves in different countries all over the world. In this session five ERC grant-holders will share their insights and tips!

#2: Austria & Switzerland: 

  • Date: Thursday, 23 June 2022
  • Time: 3-4 pm (CEST)/ 4-5 pm (Kyiv)

Although there are numerous support programs offered by international and national research funding agencies as well as individual universities, foundations, research institutes, etc. it could be quite daunting for an outsider to figure out how each country’s science and higher education system “ticks”. Following the online seminar For Ukraine: The German Science System – Overview and First Orientation, organised by the jobsite academics in cooperation with the German Scholars Organization on 18 May 2022 (presentation and recording), to which the UKRAINET has contributed, we would now like to go further and offer insights into science systems of other countries. Our speakers are researchers of Ukrainian origin who have established successful research careers outside of Ukraine and could provide their first-hand insights on academic systems and research culture in different countries.


  • Prof. Tetyana Milojevic, formerly at the University of Vienna, Austria (2000-2021), now: Chair of Exobiology at the University of Orléans & CNRS, Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, France

Tetyana Milojevic studied Biochemistry at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine, where she also carried out her PhD research and defended her PhD thesis “Tyrosine phosphorylation system under the influence of X-Ray irradiation in rat lymphocytes” in 2000. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical University of Vienna and at the University of Vienna, till 2021. She received Elise-Richter Research Award for senior female excellence scientists by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Tetyana represented Austria and is the Executive Council Member of the European Astrobiological Network EANA, where she also serves as a vice president since 2020. Since May 2021 Tetyana holds the Chair of Exobiology at the University of Orléans & CNRS, Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire in France. In 2020 Tetyana was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for her project “Biogenicity of Martian Materials: critical assessment of biosignatures based on chemolithoautotrophic interactions“.

  • Prof. Maksym Kovalenko, Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zürich/ Laboratory for thin films & photovoltaics, EMPA – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science & Technology, Switzerland

Maksym Kovalenko studied chemistry at the Chernivtsi National University (Ukraine), and then carried out his PhD research with professor Dr. Wolfgang Heiss at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, where he gained his PhD in 2007. Maksym then did his postdoc on colloidal nanostructures at the University of Chicago, IL, USA (2008-2011). Maksym held positions of Assistant Professor of Inorganic Functional Materials at ETH Zurich (2011-2017), Associated Professor (2017-2020) and since 2020 he has been appointed a full professor of Functional Inorganic Materials at the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, ETH Zurich. He is also affiliated with the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. Maksym is regularly included on the Clarivate’s list of Highly Cited Researchers, due to his exceptional research performance, determined by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. Among his numerous awards are an ERC starting grant (2012), Werner Prize (2016), an ERC Consolidator Grant (2018) and Dan Maydan Prize in Nanoscience Research (2021).

  • Dr  Maksym Serbyn, Assistant Professor, Research Group “Condensed Matter Theory and Quantum Dynamics”, Institute of Science & Technology, Austria

Maksym Serbyn was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. He gained his B.Sc. (2007) and M.Sc. (2009), both in Applied Physics and Mathematics, from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He then joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for his PhD research. He gained his PhD degree in Physics from MIT in 2014 for his PhD thesis “Quantum Spin Liquids: Mean Field and Beyond”. Maksym then became a Gordon and Betty Moore Postdoctoral Fellow at the UC Berkeley (2014-2017) and was appointed Assistant Professor at the IST Austria in 2017. Since then he has been leading his research group “Quantum Dynamics and Condensed Matter Theory” at the IST Austria. In 2019 Maksym was awarded the Ludwig Boltzmann Prize of the Austrian Physical Society for his pioneering work on the non-equilibrium properties of quantum systems and an ERC Starting grant for his project “Non-Ergodic Quantum Matter: Universality, Dynamics and Control“.

  • Dr Andrii Tykhonov, Assistant Professor, Department of nuclear & particle Physics, University of Geneva

Andrii Tykhonov was born in Odesa, Ukraine. He graduated with M.Sc. in High Energy Physics from Odessa National Polytechnic University, Ukraine in 2008. Already during his studies, he worked as a software developer and system administrator. In 2009 he joined The Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia for his Ph.D. research. In 2013 he successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Searches for dark matter and lepton-jets with the ATLAS detector”. Thereafter, Andrii joined The University of Geneva to develop the reconstruction software for a satellite project aimed at study of the Galactic Cosmic Rays, where he holds the position of Assistant Professor. In 2019 Andrii won an ERC Starting grant for his project “Direct Detection of TeV-PeV Cosmic Rays in Space”.

  • Prof. Maksym Yarema, Materials and Device Engineering Group, Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Maksym Yarema was born in Chervonograd, Ukraine. He graduated from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in 2007 with M.Sc. in Chemistry and gained his Doctoral degree in Engineering Sciences, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria in 2012. Maksym then joined the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) as a Marie-Curie Fellow. Since 2013, he has been working in the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Since January 2020, Maksym has been an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Electronics at ETH Zurich, where he leads the Chemistry and Materials Design (CMD) lab. Maksym is a recipient of several awards and scholarships, most notably the DAAD Leonhard Euler Scholarship (2006-2007), QSIT q-starter Award (2014), SNSF Ambizione Fellowship (2016-2019), ETH Innovedum grant (2018-2020), and an ERC Starting Grant for his project “Solution-Based Engineering of Nanodimensional Phase-Change Materials and Memory Devices” (2019).

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