Berlin Offers Support for Refugee Researchers from Ukraine

The Berlin University Alliance, the Berlin Research 50, and many more Berlin-based academic institutions are organizing a networking event for researchers who have fled Ukraine

Berlin4Ukraine - a "Meet & Learn" event - will be taking place in the Leibniz-Saal of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities on June 30, 2022.

A range of Berlin-based academic institutions - including Berlin Research 50, the Berlin University Alliance, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and many clusters of excellence - have joined forces to organize an informational and networking event for researchers who have fled Ukraine. The event, Berlin4Ukraine - Meet & Learn, will be taking place on June 30, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. While attendance in person is encouraged, many of the individual discussions and presentations will also be livestreamed.

The event aims to provide Ukrainian researchers with a platform to let their voices be heard and reflect upon their experiences as refugees in the academic world. In addition, practical help will be provided in order to present researchers who are refugees from Ukraine with basic information on the structures and key players of the German academic and scientific system, on the major resources available, and information on the German research funding system in general. The "Meet & Learn"event will be opened by Prof. Christoph Markschies ÜBerlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities), Prof. Christoph Schneider (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin ÜBerlin University Alliance), Dr. Gregor Hofmann ÜBerlin Research 50 / WZB Berlin Social Science Center), and counselor at the Embassy of Ukraine Oksana Dubovenko (Embassy of Ukraine in the Federal Republic of Germany).

A panel discussion will enable researchers and representatives from scientific organizations across Germany and Ukraine to exchange opinions on the midto long-term prospects surrounding academic relations between the two countries. The panelists taking part in the discussion are: Prof. Heribert Hofer, director of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research; Rozaliia Tarnovetckaia, guest researcher at the Technische Universität Berlin’s Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies; Prof. Leonid Yatsenko, former director of the National Research Foundation of Ukraine (NRFU) and current guest researcher at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; and Dr. Judith Wellen, head of Strategy and External Relations at the Humboldt Foundation. The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Katharina Bluhm, Head of the Institute for East European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin.

The event will take place in English at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. With the exception of the three parallel info sessions, all discussions will be simultaneously interpreted into Ukrainian.

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