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Workshop | Berlin4Ukraine: Meet & Learn. A networking event for exile researchers

Jun 30, 2022 | 01:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Together with SCRIPTS and other partners, BR50 is organizing a network and career event for Ukrainian researchers that fled from Ukraine and came to Berlin.

Researchers who had to flee from war, violence and political persecution often see themselves confronted with similar problems: They want to continue their scientific work, but often they are unfamiliar with the German science system and the local funding culture. Moreover, they have to rebuild their academic network, sometimes almost from scratch.

The Berlin4Ukraine event aims to convey basic knowledge of the structures and key players of the German Science System, to explain the key support offers for refugee researchers and scholars at risk in particular, as well as the system of German science funding in general. Moreover, the event is intended to provide a networking opportunity for researchers from Ukraine and from Berlin. Therefore, a programme was developed that contains informational talks and breakout sessions that allow networking. In addition, relevant scientific institutions, projects and organizations are present to give information and to answer questions. Further information about the program and the participating institutions can be found below.

The event aims at researchers at the level of doctoral researchers and upwards from all disciplines.

The event is organized by the Berlin Center for Global Engagement (BCGE) at Berlin University Alliance (BUA), the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), Berlin Research 50 (BR50), the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS and the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. The event takes place in cooperation with the Clusters of Excellence Science of Intelligence, Temporal Communities, and UniSysCat, the German-Ukrainian Academic Society, Dahlem Humanities Center, and others.

The event will take place on-site at Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) in Berlin. Parts of the event will be streamed online (3:30 to 5:00 pm).


Please note: Planning process is still ongoing. Schedule and times may vary! A final program will be published during the next couple of weeks.

1-2 pm    


2:00-2:20 pm    

Welcome Remarks (not streamed online)

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Christoph Markschies (BBAW)

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schneider (HU / BUA)

Dr. Gregor Hofmann (BR50 / WZB)

2:20 – 2:40 pm    

An overview of the German Science & Innovation Landscape and Differences to the Ukrainian System (not streamed online).

Dr. Oksana Seumenicht (Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine and German-Ukrainian Academic Society)

2:40 – 3:00    

Insights by Ukrainian researchers (not streamed online)
Dr. Tetiana Kostiuchenko (SCRIPTS/Institute for East European Studies, FU Berlin)
Prof. Olga Kutsenko (Sociology, TU Berlin)
Dr. Mykola Lazarev (hosted by Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin)
Prof. Ganna Tolstanova (Vice-Rector for Research at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)
Dr. Iryna Yakovenko (Senior Fellow Cluster of Excellence Temporal Communities) and further researchers

3:00 – 3:30 pm   

Insights by Ukrainian researchers (streamed online)

3:30 – 5:00 pm    

3x parallel Info-sessions with coffee: research and offers in Berlin, opportunity to network

  • Social Science & Humanities – Moderator: Brinthanan Puvaneswaran (SCRIPTS)
  • Natural Sciences, Tech & Engineering – Moderator: Dr. Ariane Nunes Alves (UniSysCat)
  • Life Sciences & Medicine – Moderator: Prof. Dr. Dietmar Schmitz (NeuroCure)

5:00 – 6:30 pm   

Panel Discussion: Supporting Ukraine and Advancing Research Cooperation – Perspectives on mid- to long-term strategies (streamed online)

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Katharina Bluhm, Head of the Institute for East European Studies

Prof. Dr. Heribert Hofer, Director, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and WildlifeResearch (IZW)
Rozaliia Tarnovetckaia, Researcher at Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies, TU Berlin
Dr. Judith Wellen, Head of Strategy and External Relations,Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung 
Prof. Dr. Leonid Yatsenko, former head of National Research Foundation of Ukraine (NRFU)

6:30 pm

Networking reception with information desks by different institutions (not streamed online)

About the visit

In-person event with the option to follow via online streaming (except for the three parallel info sessions).

Language: The workshop will be held in English.

Registration: For a participation (in-person or online), a registration is necessary until 10 June 2022. Please register here: https://events.wzb.eu/ber4ukr/

Livestream: You will receive the link to the livestream (after the intro session from 3:30 - 5:00 pm) after registering at the link above.

Pandemic Regulations:

Hygiene rules to contain the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus will apply:

  • Please provide a negative COVID-19 test result at the entrance that is not older than 24 hours.
  • Please wear an FFP2-mask while moving in the building.

Accessibility: The location is barrier-free and accessible for wheelchairs.

How to get there: https://veranstaltungszentrum.bbaw.de/en/directions


In case you have any questions, please contact:

  • BR50 offices Gregor Hofmann (gregor.hofmann@wzb.eu) and Anja Sommerfeld (sommerfeld@fv-berlin.de)
  • BCGE office at BUA Romain Faure (romain.faure@berlin-university-alliance.de) and Sarah Wessel (sarah.wessel@berlin-university-alliance.de)

Time & Location

Jun 30, 2022 | 01:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)
Jägerstraße 22/23
10117 Berlin