#ScienceForUkraine: an Initiative to Support the Ukrainian Academic Community. “3 Months Since Russia’s Invasion in Ukraine”, February 26 – May 31, 2022

Michael E. Rose, Sanita Reinsone, Maksym Andriushchenko, Marcin Bartosiak, Anna Bobak, Luke Drury, Marten Düring, Inês Figueira, Elīna Gailīte, Iryna Gozhyk, Lucas Guimarães Abreu, Irene Gutierrez, Oleksandra Ivashchenko, Kris Van Heuckelom, Justine Jaudzema, Katarina Jurikova, Anna Klos, Johannes Knörzer, Ekaterina Kutafina, Mateusz KwaśnickiHåkan Lane, Ilze Ļaksa-Timinska, Brokoslaw Laschowski, Annina Lattu, Megi Maci, Katri Mäkinen-Rostedt, Maciej Maryl, Maarten van Meerbeek, Olivier Morin, Valentina Mosienko, Albert Palou Vilar, Karen De Pauw, Marina Pelepets, Matiss Reinfelds, Cristina Rujan, Zhanna Santybayeva, Anya Skatova, Martin Vita, Ieva Weaver, Magdalena Wnuk, Robert Beckett

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There was an immediate ad-hoc response of the international scientific community to help scholars from universities affected by Russia's war in Ukraine. Official government-backed funding programmes later allowed the ad-hoc help offers to be sustainable and stable. The #ScienceForUkraine initiative is a grass-root initiative that emerged out of the desire to help; initially created as a central database for the worldwide offers for help. Its 133 active volunteers engaged with policy-makers and funding bodies to improve support to the Ukrainian academic community.

The website scienceforukraine.eu became a central and well-known hub with a general database for help listings but also extensive curated link lists for further help. There were more than 120k visits in the past three months, 12k of which are reportedly from Ukraine. #ScienceForUkraine has many active country groups that flexibly respond to needs in their geographic area. Collecting information, creating posters for border stations, mentoring, consulting on how to organise transfers, and engaging with policy makers are some of the tasks performed by members.

#ScienceForUkraine is active on all major social networks to be in touch with both the Western academic community (primarily Twitter and LinkedIn) and the Ukrainian academic community (mainly Facebook and Telegram); whereas students are reached mostly via Instagram. The initiative fulfils an important function by transmitting information from one sphere to the other. #ScienceForUkraine recorded well over 2,600 support listings (one listing may be directed at several scholars). 15% of these were offered by German institutions (410), followed by French (227) and Polish (183) institutions.
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