Presentation of white papers was held as part of the Science at Risk project

Presentation of white papers was held as part of the Science at Risk project

03 April 2024

On April 2, the Science at Risk project hosted a presentation of white papers created by Ukrainian scientists. For nine months, 30 scientists in expert working groups collected data and ideas for the preservation, restoration, and development of Ukrainian science, analyzed the challenges posed by the Russian-Ukrainian war, and suggested ways to overcome them.

There are many of our colleagues among the scientists who authored the white papers: Nataliia Garashchenko, Oleksandra Pravdyva, Olena Tsyplitska, and Anastasiia Lutsenko.

The following participants took part in the discussion of the research results and presentation of the teams' work:

Oleksandra Antoniuk, Doctor of Science in Physics and Mathematics, Head of the Scientific Committee of the National Council for the Development of Science and Technology, Deputy Director for Development and Innovation at the Kyiv Academic University, Project Manager of Academ.City;

Olga Budnyk, Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Presidential Foundation for Support of Education, Science and Sports;

Olga Polotska, Executive Director of the National Research Foundation

Denys Kurbatov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine.

Anton Senenko, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukrainian blogger. Physicist, science popularizer and employee of the Prometheus educational platform:

"After the start of the large-scale war, one of Ukraine's popular science publications, Kunsht, received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to create a think tank to write white papers (analytical materials) on the preservation, communication, and restoration of science in Ukraine during the war. Very cool people worked for a year, collecting data, analyzing, forming hypotheses, discussing theories, and formulating recommendations to ensure that science in Ukraine does not disappear completely.

Today these white papers were presented."

An article by Dzerkalo Tyzhnia:



For nine months, 30 scientists worked in expert working groups to collect data and ideas on preserving, restoring, and developing Ukrainian science, analyze the challenges posed by the Russian-Ukrainian war, and suggest ways to overcome them.

The result of this work was the presentation of nine white papers (two more are in preparation):

  • how to transform the research and innovation system for post-war recovery;
  • Research infrastructure in the post-war recovery: from rescue to growth;
  • systematization of practices and recommendations of Ukrainian institutions with damaged and destroyed research infrastructure;
  • the scientific diaspora as a unique capital for the post-war recovery of Ukraine;
  • of museum, archival, library and scientific collections in times of war;
  • preservation of scientists in times of war and emergencies;
  • advocacy of science in danger;
  • Popularization of science during crises and wars: challenges and opportunities;
  • use of citizen science in wars, crises and disasters.

Thank you for the photo by Academ.Media