Jun 30, 2022 – 1pm - 8pm – Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)
Berlin4Ukraine: Meet & Learn
A networking event for exile researchers
Jun 30, 2022 – 1pm - 8pm – Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)

Berlin4Ukraine: Meet & Learn
A networking event for exile researchers

Together with partners, BR50 is organizing a network and career event for Ukrainian researchers that fled from Ukraine and came to Berlin. 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 Clusters of Excellence SCRIPTS and NeuroCure, in cooperation with the Clusters of Excellence Science of Intelligence, Temporal Communities, and UniSysCat, the German-Ukrainian Academic Society, Dahlem Humanities Center, and others.

PhD students and researchers from all academic disciplines that had to flee from war, violence and political persecution frequently face similar problems: They want to continue their scientific work but are often unfamiliar with the German research landscape, the academic system as well as the local funding culture. In many cases, they have to rebuild their academic networks.

The Berlin4Ukraine-event aims to present basic information on the structures and key players of the German scientific system, on the major resources available for refugee researchers and scholars at risk in particular, as well as information on the German science funding system in general. In addition, the event provides networking opportunities for researchers from Ukraine and from Berlin. Therefore, the program 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 workshop will be held in English and is an in-person event with the option to follow via online streaming (except for the three parallel info sessions).

For a participation (in-person or online), a registration is necessary (As of 22 June 2022: In person participation is fully booked, please register for online participation):

The event is free of charge and a childcare service will be organized.

June 30th 2022, 1pm – 7pm

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

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.

In case you have any questions, please contact:

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



13:00 - 14:00     Registration

14:00 - 14:20     Welcome Remarks
                          Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Christoph Markschies (BBAW)
                          Prof. Dr. Christoph Schneider (HU / BUA)
                          Dr. Gregor Hofmann (BR50 / WZB)
                          Embassy Counselor Oksana Dubovenko (Embassy of Ukraine in

14:20 - 14:40     An overview of the German Science & Innovation Landscape and
                          Differences to the Ukrainian System
                          Dr. Oksana Seumenicht (Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine
                           and German-Ukrainian Academic Society)

14:40 - 15:30     Insights by Ukrainian researchers
                          Dr. Tetiana Kostiuchenko (SCRIPTS/Institute for East European Studies,
                          FU Berlin)
                          Taya Kozak (PhD Researcher, Bogomolets Institute of Physiology Kyiv,
                           currently: MPI for Infections Biology)
                          Prof. Olga Kutsenko (Sociology, TU Berlin)
                          Tetiana Laguta (PhD Researcher, Bogomolets Institute of Physiology
                           Kyiv, currently: MPI for Infections Biology)
                          Dr. Mykola Lazarev (hosted by Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin)
                          Prof. Dr. Sergii Pakhomenko (Department of Political Science and
                           International Relations at Mariupol State University; Research Fellow
                           in Global History at FU Berlin)
                          Prof. Ganna Tolstanova (Vice-Rector for Research at Taras Shevchenko
                           National University of Kyiv)
                          Prof. Dr. Iryna Yakovenko (Senior Fellow Cluster of Excellence Temporal
                          and further researchers

15:30 - 17:00     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)

17:00 - 18:30     Panel Discussion: Supporting Ukraine and Advancing Research
                          Cooperation – Perspectives on mid- to long-term strategies
                          Moderator: Prof. Dr. Katharina Bluhm, Head of the Institute for East
                          European Studies
                          Prof. Dr. Heribert Hofer, Director, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife
                          Research (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)

18:30                 Networking reception with information desks by different institutions

These institutions will be present with materials and/or personnel and provide information:


The Harnack House of the Max-Planck-Society offers free participation in the Campus Dahlem Tour on 3 July 2022 for participants of the event. For more information on the tour, see
Registration for participation is possible on Thursday on site at the BBAW at the BR50 desk.