On 8. November 2023, an event “30 years of German-Ukrainian Science and Technology Cooperation” took place in Berlin (see the Program here). The Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger and her Ukrainian counterpart Oksen Lisovyi signed the Joint Declaration of Intent to further strengthen the cooperation in science and technology between the two countries. It aims to deepen the scientific collaboration and tackle global challenges in the areas such as climate, energy and health, to support both the Ukraine’s integration in the European Research Area and the reconstruction of the Ukrainian science system to overcome the consequences of war, expand capacities and create better framework conditions for research and innovation.
The signing of the declaration was the start of the two day visit of the Ukrainian delegation to Berlin which included the 14th meeting of the German-Ukrainian Commission on Scientific and Technological Cooperation on the 9th of November and intensive exchange with the representatives of the ministries, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, The National Council of Ukraine for Science and Technology Development, National Research Foundation of Ukraine, representatives of the Alliance of Science Organizations in Germany and the German-Ukrainian Academic Society. 278 German universities have partners in Ukraine, and over 200 cooperation projects have been implemented so far with more to come. In particular, the recent announcement of the results of the selection of four German-Ukrainian Cores of Excellence, the German-Ukrainian bilateral call 2023 (results are expected soon) and the new call to establish sustainable joint partner structures and foster research cooperation with the countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), with the project outline to be submitted by 18 January 2024 or 15 January 2026 at the latest. The agenda covered the examples of the unbroken solidarity and trustful partnership for a common future in Europe as well as discussion of the ideas for the recovery of the Ukrainian education and science sector.