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March 9th 2022 - Academic Perspectives

Resources for refugee researchers from Ukraine: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12]

Scientific Organizations

This is a barbarous, unprovoked and perfidious attack on an independent, peaceful and democratic country, which has already been denounced by the whole civilized world. 141 UN member states, as well as NATO and the European Union, urged Russia to stop violence and withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian territory. [National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine]
Open letter of Russian scientists and science journalists against the war with Ukraine [Researchers at Russian Academy of Sciences]
The ISC expresses its deep dismay and concerns regarding the military offensives being carried out in Ukraine and warns against the severe outcomes that conflict will have on the research and academic community. [International Science Council]
More than 100 Nobel Laureates from various disciplines are calling for peace in the face of the war in Ukraine emanating from Russian soil [Max Planck Society]
Support for refugee researchers / Joint funding projects with Russia suspended with immediate effect The Russian attack on Ukraine will also have consequences for the funding activities of Germany’s largest research funding organisation and its academic projects being conducted in collaboration with partners in Russia. [German Research Foundation]
The SNSF is making available 1 million francs to host researchers from Ukraine at universities in Switzerland through Scholars at Risk and supporting them with a series of additional measures. [Swiss National Science Foundation]
We applaud those, including many courageous Russian scientists, who have spoken out against this war. Many European research institutions are offering to host researchers from Ukraine who have had to flee their country. We encourage this and other support initiatives - they all make a difference. [European Research Council]
The American Physical Society decries the Russian military operations upon or near all nuclear facilities in Ukraine and especially the recent attacks upon the Zaporizhzhia power plant. Nuclear facilities contain highly radioactive nuclear material. Attacks upon or nearby any nuclear facility could result in direct damage to its safety systems or indirect damage to its support systems. Such combat risks the release of radioactive material and potential danger to millions of people. [American Physical Society]
Following the invasion and subsequent escalation of aggression by Russian armed forces, a humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in Ukraine, an Associate Member State of CERN. CERN wishes to express solidarity with our Ukrainian colleagues, their families and the entire Ukrainian people. Our thoughts are with everyone whose life has been disrupted by the war. [Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire]
The Russian military’s February 24 invasion of and ongoing assault against the country of Ukraine have elicited a global outpouring of condemnation against the unprovoked violence and concern about the resulting humanitarian and refugee crisis. [Association for Psychological Science]
The Australian Academy of Science condemns in the harshest possible terms the unprovoked and unlawful military aggression by Russia on the sovereign country of Ukraine. [Australian Academy of Science]
grave concern over the continuously deteriorating situation in Ukraine [Israel Academy of Sciences]
Joint statement by the national academies of the G7 states on Russia’s attack on Ukraine [Royal Society]
We join an increasingly united international community in condemning the Russian invasion of its sovereign neighbor. [National Academy of Sciences]
The appalling decision of the Russian Government to invade Ukraine, and the consequences of this profoundly disturbing action, will affect many people across the higher education community. We unequivocally condemn the invasion and express our support for Ukrainian universities, staff and students. [Universities UK]
We are very concerned about the lives and the well-being of Ukrainian academics and students. The German universities will assist them within the scope of their capabilities. It is also foreseeable that these developments will cause serious damage to German-Russian academic relations. [German Rectors Conference]
Today the Danish Government has asked the Danish universities to suspend cooperation with Russia and Belarus. Thus, the Danish universities have decided to suspend all bilateral institutional cooperation with Russia and Belarus in innovation, education, and research. It entails but is not limited to suspending the exchange of students and scientific personnel going forward. Also, researchers employed by the Danish universities cannot attend scientific conferences in Russia and Belarus [Universities Denmark]
This scientific cooperation must not serve to support the aggressive policy of the Russian government, which with this war of aggression violates fundamental principles of human rights, international law and basic European values. In this sense, the Board of swissuniversities recommends that Swiss universities review their scientific collaborations with universities in Russia and suspend them where such a danger exists. [Swissuniversities]

Research Universities

Putin’s iron fist vs. Zelensky’s moral clarity [Harvard University]
MIT historian analyzes the uncertain dynamics of a global crisis [Massachusetts Institute of Technology]
Seven tips for spotting disinformation related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict [Stanford University]
The unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russia [University of Oxford]
Vigil against the war on Ukraine [University of Cambridge]
Yale rallies in support of Ukraine [Yale University]
I am deeply distressed by the unjust invasion of Ukraine [Princeton University]
I write on the horrors of the Russian government’s invasion of Ukraine and the unspeakable acts of criminal violence, brutality, and violations of international law the world is now witnessing [Columbia University]
Support for staff and students affected by the war in Ukraine [University College London]
Experts: Ukraine war puts world in ‘uncharted territory’ [Cornell University]
War in Europe: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine [University of Pennsylvania]
The man who fought to sanction Putin and Russian Oligarchs, with Bill Browder [University of Chicago]
With defiance and solidarity, Berkeley’s Ukrainian scholars respond to invasion. [University of California, Berkeley]
This is a historic rupture [ETH Zurich]
Imperial has condemned the Russian Federation's "unjustified and inhumane invasion" of Ukraine. [Imperial College London]
The news overnight that Russia has invaded Ukraine is very upsetting. Many at UCSF and in the Bay Area community have loved ones who live in Europe, including in the region now marked by violence. [University of California San Francisco]
It’s not going to end with Ukraine if Ukraine falls [Northwestern University]
UCLA experts foresee drawn-out conflict in Ukraine [University of California, Los Angeles]
Organizing Aid to His Native Ukraine [California Institute of Technology]
Student groups from across the university organized a vigil to support Ukraine [Johns Hopkins University]
The alarming news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week has impacted many in our UC San Diego community, especially those with close ties, family or friends who are directly affected by the escalating violence and chaos in Eastern Europe. [University of California, San Diego]
Casualties are tragically mounting. The war’s destruction has not, of course, been limited to combatants — civilians have been killed and ordinary life has been upended, with hundreds of thousands now refugees even as others take refuge in bomb shelters or collect bottles to make Molotov cocktails to use against invading Russian troops [New York University]
U-M officials are closely monitoring the evolving situation in Ukraine [University of Michigan-Ann Arbor]
Despite its overwhelming superiority in numbers, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has thus far not unfolded [Duke University]
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia has prompted heightened scrutiny of UK-Russia collaboration links [The University of Edinburgh]
The Russian government’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine is of ever-increasing concern as the conflict and human tragedy escalates [The University of Manchester]
Ukrainian American professor shares insights on ‘gut-wrenching’ events in Ukraine [University of Washington]
Putin’s Distortions of History Are No Justification for War University of Texas at Austin [University of Texas at Austin]
The invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation is having a devastating impact on the lives of the Ukrainian people and those currently in Ukraine. Everyone is affected in different ways by this appalling act of violence and the unjustified suffering being inflicted, and our thoughts are with our students, staff and alumni in and from Ukraine and those of you that have friends and loved ones there. Our concern is also with our Russian and Belarusian students, staff and alumni who are living with the consequences of an invasion that they are not responsible for. [King's College London]
War in Ukraine: China, Russia and the international order [National University of Singapore]
Martin Vetterli has expressed EPFL’s full solidarity with everyone in our community who is affected by the war in Ukraine, together with their families. [École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne]
In the wake of the invasion, Western powers, including Canada, announced sanctions and other penalties for what is being viewed as a clear infringement of Ukraine’s sovereignty. [University of Toronto]
The panelists agreed that the Ukrainian response to the attack has been heroic and inspiring but disagreed on whether the war could have been prevented by better diplomacy. They also remained mystified by the motivations of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. [University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill]
Why did Russia invade Ukraine? A short list of answers might include: Restoring Russia’s Eurasian empire. Russian colonialism. Settling long-standing Russo-Ukrainian border disputes. Halting further NATO enlargement. Destabilizing the European security architecture. Repelling encroaching democracy. Detracting from domestic unrest. Solidifying power at home. Providing economic insurance. And defending Russian Orthodoxy against corrosive Western values. [Washington University in St. Louis]
We are watching with mounting anguish and horror as an unprecedented assault on democracy, peace, and freedom unfolds in Europe. [Carnegie Mellon University]
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last month, the campus community is expressing its support for Ukrainian students and all those affected by the conflict. [University of Wisconsin-Madison]
The Russian economy was crushed in the span of a week. Europe is questioning its reliance on Russian oil and gas. Meanwhile, nuclear plants across Ukraine have been vulnerable to Russian strikes and potential disaster. [University of Southern California]
After this war, nothing will ever be the same as before [University of Zurich]
The Russian invasion of Ukraine represents a return of warfare to Europe on a scale not seen since the 1940s [University of California, Davis]
While some oligarchs have broken ranks with the Kremlin, there is no sign yet other elites are so discontented as to take action against Putin. [University of New South Wales]
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has called on educational institutions to immediately suspend cooperation with educational and knowledge institutions in the Russian Federation and Belarus. Dutch institutions have decided to do this in order to contribute to a crystal clear international signal that the Russian invasion and the suffering it entails is unacceptable. [Utrecht University]
Advice for students and colleagues affected by the invasion of Ukraine [University of Bristol]
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has prompted strong international condemnation, as it should. KU Leuven endorses this position. These acts of aggression against a sovereign state are incomprehensible and deeply disturbing. [KU Leuven]
What is fuelling the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and what does it mean for Australia? [The University of Queensland]
If sanctions are as tough as President Biden has been suggesting, Russian companies will be unable to make use of global payment mechanisms, which are highly dependent on the U.S. dollar and access to the U.S. banking system. Export sales will plummet, imports of vital goods will be hampered and Russia’s economy will stall. The real question is, will any of that matter to Vladimir Putin? For Putin, what matters most is geopolitics, not material affluence. [University of California, Santa Barbara]
deeply saddened by Russia’s military attacks in Ukraine. The attacks are impacting Ukrainians and Russians around the world, including citizens of both countries who work and study at the University of Melbourne. [The University of Melbourne]
Message of support on the conflict in Ukraine [The University of Sydney]
The invasion, the largest attack by one European nation on another since World War II, has had widespread global impact, causing stock markets to plummet, oil prices to soar, and NATO countries, including the United States, to threaten aggressive consequences for Russia. [Boston University]
Support for those affected by the Russia-Ukraine conflict [Monash University]
Why ANU has decided to cut ties with Russia [Australian National University]
We join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan in deploring this illegal and unjust war [University of British Columbia]
Carle Illinois College of Medicine students are working to send aid to Ukrainian refugees in Poland. The students are launching a medical and physical goods supply drive to get additional aid to the region and seeking help from the community. [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign]
A few days ago, the Swedish government – via Minister for Education Anna Ekström – called for a discontinuation of contacts and collaborations between Swedish higher education institutions and state-run institutions in Russia and Belarus. No new contacts or undertakings are to be initiated. [Karolinska Institute]
More than one million people have fled Ukraine following Russia's invasion, in the swiftest refugee exodus this century [McGill University]
The UvA is shocked by, and condemns, the Russian invasion of Ukraine [University of Amsterdam]
Georgia Tech’s experts shed light and insight into this complex confrontation of nations. [Georgia Institute of Technology]
As a first round of peace talks concluded and video surfaced of deadly apparent cluster-bomb strikes hitting a school in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv yesterday, Maryland Today discussed that question and others with two University of Maryland experts on the region. [University of Maryland, College Park]
War in Europe: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine [Pennsylvania State University]
Frequently asked questions invasion Ukraine [University of Groningen]
As Russia faces sanctions for invading Ukraine, experts from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy are available to discuss the potential impact of cutting off Russian gas supplies to European countries and what the conflict means for global oil prices. [Rice University]
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security has amended the Export Administration Regulations to generally prohibit the direct and indirect export of a variety of microelectronics, telecommunications items, sensors, navigation equipment, avionics, marine equipment, aircraft components, and related technology and software to Russia and Belarus [University of Minnesota Twin Cities]
The Board of Directors of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies condemns Russia’s military assault on Ukraine and President Putin’s use of historical distortions and cynical lies to justify Russia’s attack on Ukrainian sovereignty. [University of Pittsburgh]
Professor of Sociology Michael D. Kennedy provided historical background on Russia’s relationship with Ukraine and explained how the current crisis could unleash major conflicts across the globe. [Brown University]
Solidarity with Ukraine [Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich]
Today the Danish Government has asked the Danish universities to suspend cooperation with Russia and Belarus. [University of Copenhagen]
Call for Donations for Students and Scholarships for Researchers [Technical University of Munich]
Ukraine Conflict Resources [The Ohio State University]
The ECR2P calls on the international community to prioritise the need to decrease the risks of armed conflict and mass atrocity crimes, and to ensure accountability for those responsible for the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity [University of Leeds]
“With Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, we are witnessing a historic atrocity unfold,” says Emory University President Gregory L. Fenves. [Emory University]
The Dutch universities are shocked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and empathise with all those affected by it. What is happening there is horrific, and we are deeply concerned about the ramifications for the Ukrainian universities and the academic community. [Wageningen University & Research]
University of Glasgow stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and those that denounce the actions of the Government of the Russian Federation [University of Glasgow]
Warwick stands with Ukraine [University of Warwick]
Heidelberg University stands by all those calling for an immediate end to this invasion of Ukraine [Heidelberg University]
L’UNIGE et swissuniversities condamnent fermement l'intervention militaire de la Russie en Ukraine [University of Geneva]
“Slava Ukraini!” rally at MSU statue aids Ukrainians, seeks donations [Michigan State University]
In recent days, the US has imposed extensive sanctions and new export controls on Russia. Department of Treasury sanctions now prohibit US persons from conducting any business with certain Russian persons, companies and banks. [Purdue University]
How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could cause a COVID-19 spike in Europe [University of California, Irvine]
Our hearts and thoughts are with all those affected as we watch this terrible and heartbreaking situation in Ukraine unfold. [Vanderbilt University]
Russia’s stock market has been closed for almost two weeks now. Moreover, foreign investors are not allowed to make sales orders. Mary Pieterse-Bloem, Professor of Financial Markets at Erasmus School of Economics, explains the consequences of the war in Ukraine on the financial markets [Erasmus University Rotterdam]
The eyes of the world are on the war in Ukraine. The shocking images that constantly come to us through the news channels defy all description and touch everyone deeply. As a university, we are very concerned about the dramatic situation and developments in Ukraine and the consequences this has for the inhabitants, the universities and the academic community in Ukraine. [Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam]
All of us are concerned and deeply saddened by the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine and mourn the escalating losses of life and livelihood as this conflict continues. With students, faculty, and staff from both Ukraine and Russia among our University community, we know too well the lasting damage this conflict is causing. [University of Rochester]
Putin is attacking not just the government, military, people and territory of Ukraine, but also Ukrainian democracy. [University of Virginia]
Analysis: Russian capture of Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear plant threatens future research on radioactivity and wildlife [McMaster University]
Sorbonne University expresses its solidarity with the Ukrainian people and in particular with the Ukrainian scientific community and Ukrainian students [Sorbonne University]
We will reevaluate our existing cooperations with academic institutions in Russia, but at the same time reinforce our commitment to critically study and assess Russian politics, society and culture through our knowledge center Cerise. [Ghent University]
Support Program for Ukrainian Students and Postdocs [Weizmann Institute of Science]
More than 200 students have joined together in the Students for Ukraine collective. Also in Delft they are collecting items for Ukrainians in need. [Delft University of Technology]
A University of Arizona Russia expert called Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, Feb. 24, both “predictable and avoidable.” [The University of Arizona]
Université PSL strongly condemns the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops. [Université Paris Sciences et Lettres Université PSL]
Russian invasion of Ukraine raises dilemmas for Middle East and India [The University of Western Australia]
There is a war on the European continent and Russia has invaded Ukraine [University of Oslo]
Russian President Vladimir Putin has made many claims justifying the invasion: that Ukraine was committing genocide against Russians; that Ukraine is not an independent nation but rather a part of Russia; that the invasion was an “act of self-defense” against the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). “Putin is really reviving these old Imperial myths that there’s no such thing as a Ukrainian nation and it’s all just one big Russian nation,” Hutchinson said. [University of Colorado Boulder]
The University of Basel is currently in the process of creating possible offers for refugee students and researchers with Ukrainian citizenship. As soon as concrete offers are available, they will be published on this website. [University of Basel]
LSE academic research and commentary on the unfolding situation in Ukraine [London School of Economics and Political Science]
UF community responds to Ukraine invasion [University of Florida]
The current situation in Ukraine is the cause of deep concern and anxiety for many in our staff, students and wider community. We are monitoring the situation closely and continue to provide practical and pastoral support to our students and staff, particularly those with connections to Ukraine and Russia. [University of Southampton]
As Russian attacks continue in Kyiv, two Texas A&M students are seeing the war unfold via updates from loved ones at home. [Texas A&M University]
Russian students at German universities and colleges have written an open letter to the German government and society. In the letter, they express their support for the Ukrainians: "You are facing a catastrophe that seemed unthinkable to all of us in the 21st century. There can be no justification for this war". They also express solidarity with Russians who are risking their lives and freedom by joining anti-war demonstrations in Russian streets and squares. [Humboldt University of Berlin]
We write today in one voice to express our solidarity with the people of Ukraine and to express our deepest concern for those impacted by the tragedy of war unfolding there. Our hearts go out in particular to the members of our community whose families and loved ones are directly in harm’s way. [Tufts University]
Sorbonne University expresses its solidarity with the Ukrainian people and in particular with the Ukrainian scientific community and Ukrainian students [Université de Paris]
Freie Universität Berlin Suspends Relations with Russian Research Institutions [Free University of Berlin]
Solidarity with the Ukrainian People and Ukrainian Universities [Paris-Saclay University]
Our country is going through difficult times today. President of Russia V.V. Putin exhaustively explained the reasons for making the difficult decision to conduct a special military operation. [Moscow State University]
Policy brief considering China's initial reaction to Russia's invasion of Ukraine [University of Alberta]
At a press conference on 2 March, the Minister for Education called on all higher education institutions in Sweden to immediately discontinue all collaborations with state institutions in Russia and Belarus. [Lund University]
Online source evaluation important in wartime [Uppsala University]
We hope that the global condemnation of this unprovoked assault and its devastating effects reflects rising support for basic human rights, respect for international law, and the principles of freedom and understanding valued by academic institutions such as Dartmouth. [Dartmouth College]
The University will suspend the development of all new collaborations with Russia and Belarus for time being [University of Helsinki]
An open letter from Nobel laureates. The undersigned Nobel laureates voice our support for the Ukrainian people and the free and independent state of Ukraine as it faces Russian aggression. [Rockefeller University]
Despite large-scale geopolitical analyses depicting it as a ‘new Cold War’ of confrontation between Russia and NATO, the conflict in Ukraine is substantially urban. [University of Birmingham]
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is an attempt to change the international situation unilaterally by military force and is completely unacceptable [The University of Tokyo]
Dutch knowledge institutions suspend partnerships with Russia and Belarus [Leiden University]
Kyoto University strongly hopes for a peaceful resolution to the current situation in Ukraine, and will make every effort to host Ukrainian students and provide the maximum assistance to persons affiliated with Ukrainian universities and academic institutions, including our partner universities. [Kyoto University]
Vice-Principal Sheila Gupta: I wanted to write a short note to you about the ongoing war in Ukraine, which we are monitoring closely. It is so saddening to see. I recognise that this may affect our communities in different ways, and that those of you with families and friends in the affected region will be particularly concerned. Please do reach out for help if you need it via the Advice and Counselling Service. If you have financial concerns relating to the war please also speak to Advice and Counselling in the first instance. [Queen Mary University of London]
I cannot conceive of what Mason’s Ukrainian students must be enduring today as their country faces a brutal and unprovoked invasion. First and foremost, we join the chorus of nations, companies and organizations in condemning the violence. I want our Ukrainian students to know that we hear their calls for support, and we are answering that call. [George Mason University]
Our condemnation is directed at Putin and his regime. We have many Russian employees, friends and students who are now in a difficult situation. Let us also show wisdom and care in meeting them. [University of Bergen]
As rector, together with the management of Charles University, I strongly condemn any form of aggression, not least the hostilities being conducted by Putin's Russia right now [Charles University]
Putin is obviously concerned with exterior aspirations to become a great power and with safeguarding his system internally [University of Vienna]
Trinity College Dublin condemns the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation and stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people at this most difficult time. A peaceful resolution to the conflict is needed. [University of Dublin]
Researchers in law: Russia is violating international law [Stockholm University]
Sapienza for peace. Lazio universities together against the war in Ukraine [Sapienza University of Rome]
The Politecnico di Milano joins the position of the CRUI (Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities), expressing deep concern for what is happening in Ukraine [Polytechnic University of Milan]
We are sending an unequivocal signal that we stand for freedom and democracy, and we condemn the military aggression in Ukraine absolutely. [Free University of Bozen-Bolzano]
We Will Not Tolerate Discrimination and Disinformation against Russian-Speaking Students [Vilnius University]
St Petersburg University supports its students who find themselves in a difficult situation, and is also ready to help all Russian students who encounter difficulties in foreign universities. [Saint Petersburg State University]
Our country is under heavy bombing and invasion by the troops of the Russian Federation [Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute]
24 February 2022, terrorist regime of Russia attacked Ukraine [National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy]
the actions of the Russian Federation lies with each of the citizens of this country, including their academic community which has provided theoretical backing for building weapons and ideological support for the development of criminal ideas of violent imperialism which not only justify military invasion in the territory of sovereign Ukraine, but also create not potential, but real threat to world peace [Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv]

Academic Publishers, Associations and Conferences

Elsevier condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine and joins the call for an immediate cease fire to protect civilians and restore peace. [Elsevier]
The unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russia is causing a humanitarian catastrophe to unfold in Europe. Members of our community are appalled by Russia’s action and in awe of the bravery shown by Ukrainians as well as the bravery of those Russians who have denounced their government’s aggression. [Oxford University Press]
SAGE Publishing condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the tactics that Russia is using that are worsening the humanitarian crisis that has resulted from it. [SAGE Publishing]
All of us at Taylor & Francis are shocked and saddened by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We condemn the breach of international law, the needless destruction, and the loss of life for both the Ukrainian and Russian people, and call for an immediate cease-fire to protect civilians. [Taylor & Francis]
War in Ukraine: We Need to Talk About Fossil Fuels The E.U.’s dependence on Russian oil and gas greatly complicates the current conflagration [IEEE Spectrum]
The devastation and despair gripping Ukraine following the unprovoked invasion by neighboring Russia is heartbreaking and unthinkable. Such a loss of life and homeland has stirred wide concern around the world. [Science]
The Russian invasion of Ukraine and its public health consequences [Lancet]
Russia’s brutal attack on Ukraine is wrong and must stop   Nature stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian research community - and continues to support the global exchange of scholarly knowledge. [Nature]
March 9, 2022: The ICML community is deeply concerned by the recent invasion of Ukraine. We express our solidarity and support for all the people of Ukraine and for all those who have been adversely affected by this war. [Thirty-ninth International Conference on Machine Learning]