HUMBOLDT4UKRAINE: How can science become an engine for rebuilding Ukraine?

Leibniz Hall, Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (Please note: Access to the Leibniz Hall is via the entrance Markgrafenstrasse, 38 - directly at the Gendarmenmarkt.), Germany
Jägerstraße 22-23, 10117 Berlin

Panel discussion | Language: English | Date: Wednesday, 1 November 2023, 18:00-20:30 CEST

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Almost two years on from the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine, the question of how to build back the Ukrainian science system becomes pressing. Immediate support rightly focused on researchers who had to flee. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has been supporting almost 150 Ukrainian researchers who found academic shelter in Germany or decided to continue working in Ukraine. Moreover, as a member of the EU-funded MSCA4Ukraine Consortium the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is enabling 125 MSCA4Ukraine fellows to continue their research in 21 countries in Europe. After the implementation of these emergency support measures, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation wishes to move the debate to the question of long-term reconstruction efforts, while maintaining support to displaced researchers.

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Division Philipp Schwartz Initiative and Academic Freedom
MSCA4Ukraine Team

Dr Oksana Seumenicht
Email: msca4ukraine-events[at]
Phone: +49 228 833-577

First steps were taken at the recently organised Online Networking Forum “HUMBOLDT4UKRAINE”: researchers from Ukraine, Germany, Czechia, USA and over 20 other countries discussed how best to support the future of an innovative Ukraine. Aiming to stimulate these discussions further, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation cordially invites you to a panel discussion where we will deliberate on what needs to be done to firmly place science at the heart of Ukraine’s reconstruction efforts.

Chaired by Prof. Robert Schlögl, president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, experts who work in and outside of Ukraine will provide their insights on the current situation and needs, and explore what steps need to be taken to help rebuilding Ukraine’s science, research, and innovation system. These discussions form part of the broader context of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s efforts to harness relevant expertise within the Humboldt Network, the MSCA4Ukraine and Philipp Schwartz Communities, and of other parts of the Ukrainian academic diaspora, and offer valuable input for consideration in political decision-making processes.

This event is aimed at Ukrainian researchers currently working in the greater Berlin area, as well as interested members of the broader academic community and other stake holders. The discussion will be held in English. The event is supported by Springer Nature.


Prof. Robert Schlögl, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


  • Prof. Oleksandra Antoniouk, Chairperson of the Scientific Committee of the National Council of Ukraine on Science and Technology Development/ President of the Humboldt-Club of Ukraine
  • Prof. Olga Garaschuk, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen/ President of the German-Ukrainian Academic Society
  • Prof. Oleksiy Kolezhuk, Institute of High Technologies, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv/ currently a Philipp Schwartz Fellow, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • Assist. Prof. Kateryna Latysh, University of Vilnius, Lithuania/ currently an MSCA4Ukraine fellow
  • Prof. Alexander Wöll, University of Potsdam/ President of the German Association of Scholars of Ukrainian Studies
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