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Researcher group sets out 10 ways to support Ukraine


European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers calls for more funding for war-torn country

Europe must give greater support, including financial help, to Ukrainian early career researchers amid the ongoing Russian invasion of their country, according to a group representing early career researchers across Europe.

On 25 September, the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc) published a 10-point resolution on support for Ukraine that it has signed together with the Young Scientists Council at the Ukrainian ministry of science.

Its signing is “another crucial development in the multiple ways European early career researchers are supporting their Ukrainian colleagues”, Eurodoc said.

Research funds and access to training

Among the 10 points, Eurodoc said European institutions should increase their support for Ukrainian early career researchers, including by providing funds for research, higher education and reconstruction.

Ukrainian researchers should also have access to short-term internships and advanced training at European universities, according to the resolution.

Drawn up following a round table in July organised by the Young Scientists Council and attended by Eurodoc, the resolution also calls for early career researchers who have stayed in Ukraine to receive scholarships.

Eurodoc and the Young Scientists Council have also promised to aid the distribution of equipment for Ukrainian researchers and to support knowledge exchange between their members.

The plan also comes after Eurodoc published an open letter to the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, asking that Ukrainian academia “receive the necessary support” to retain its early-career researchers.