Scholars at Risk

Updated 15 March 2022 by Michael J. Bojdys (Humboldt University of Berlin and King’s College London). Sourced from Yehveniia Polishchuk (Young Scientists Councils at the Ministry of Education and Science in Ukraine), Hryhoriy Dmytriv (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv), and Marcin Ratajczak (CEO Inuru GmbH).

This dynamic briefing is published on behalf of and in cooperation with the Young Scientists Community at the World Economic Forum

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In the first 19 days following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, 6300 Ukrainian scientists moved abroad, predominantly to EU- and adjacent countries – all of them have immediate academic needs and hopes for long-term perspectives. Thousands remain to support the civil administration and their families.

Funding for establishing research networks with scholar at risks in Ukraine and abroad helps colleagues to continue their work and plan for the future.

Immediate hiring of academics at risk is a way how you can offer support as a head of department and research group leader.

Immediate hiring of technical staff and workers at risk is a way how you can offer support as a SME or industrial partner.

Engaging with authorities directly can bridge language barriers, build trust between stakeholders, and accelerate unfamiliar administrative processes.

·         These post offers lessons from the Young Scientists community on how to help Ukrainian scholars at risk as “academic ambassadors”, based on the guidelines of the Global Shapers at the World Economic Forum.