Appeal to global academic and research community on de-putinization of academia

Dear Research and Academic Community!

For many years the scholars from Russia have benefited from various international research and internship grant programs provided by the Western democracies. Sadly, «return on investment» was used to strengthen and solidify Putin’s anti-democratic regime. Consummation of financial means without appropriation of the civic values and virtues is a manifestly unambiguous sign of the Russian academic community’s complicity with the regime. For example, the Russian rector council supported the war against Ukraine, collecting hundreds of signatures.

The shocking support or silence of a vast majority of the scholars in Russia in view of the Russian invasion in Ukraine and the war crimes committed by the Russian army cannot be justified by any human and ethical standards. To support or to keep silent in view of atrocities and suffering inflicted by the Russian Government on the innocent civilian population of Ukraine makes Russian academia equally responsible for the crimes against humanity. Sadly, the Belarusian scholars also remain silent observers of Russia’s crimes against humanity in Ukraine. Their support of the actions of the Lukashenko regime as well as silent contemplation of the Russian invasion is also a crime.

So here is our Appeal to the global academic and research community on de-putinization of academia with clear proposals.

Here is a form to sign our Appeal.

We understand that these measures are strict, but today is not the time for half-measures. The world ignored the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008; the world did not react adequately in 2014 when Russia occupied Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk districts. The world shouldn’t repeat the same mistake over and over again. Impunity encourages new violations. In the famous words, “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. We are deeply grateful for those brave Russian and Belorussian scholars, who publicly condemn Putin’s regime. Therefore, we propose these restrictions should not apply to individuals and institutions that have a proven record of public condemnation of the Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine.

This appeal has already been signed by over 8000 Ukrainian and Western academics, including:

Barbara Oakley – Oakland University, author of MOOC “Learning How to Learn”

Michael Houghton – Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Peter Ratcliffe – Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Emmanuelle Charpentier – Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Robert Zubrin – President & founder of the Mars Society

Josua LaBayer – Executive Director and Professor of Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

Grant McFadden – Center Director and Professor of Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy, Arizona State University

Daniele Spadaro – INAF-Astrophysical Observatory of Catania, Italy

Tim Spiller – Director, York Centre for Quantum Technologies

Michele Rebesco – Editor-in-Chief Marine Geology, National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics

You can see the full list of signatories here.

This appeal was already published in the form of letter in journal Nature –  and will be published in other Western educational periodicals too.

Your personal signature and solidarity will help restore confidence in the mission of higher education and science – preparing for life as active citizens in democratic societies!

Thank you for your active stance instead of remaining a silent observer!


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Ukraine's energy rebuilding plan

We, the representatives of the Ukrainian community in the energy sector reform of Ukraine, which includes scientists, practicing engineers and analysts, are confident in Ukraine's victory in the current war with Russia.

The significant destruction of Ukraine's infrastructure as a result of active war actions, intended damage to civic infrastructure means that we will all have to rebuild the entire country.

Given the long-standing Russian gas blackmail, the requirements of modern European standards for new building construction, the latest technological advances in this area, we believe that the reconstruction of the energy and construction sectors should be based on the following principles:

- minimal dependence on fossil fuels

- maximum use of renewable energy sources

- high class of energy efficiency for newly built buildings

- rational construction costs

- transparent and accountable way of organizing the whole cycle of related design, construction and commissioning works

- creation of "smart" energy efficiency management systems, ie smart home systems.

The war is still going on, but such a plan must be prepared today.

In our opinion, the plan should contain separate sections, including the following components:

- housing construction,

- generation of electricity,

- power supply,

- gas transmission system,

- gas distribution networks,

- energy storage systems.

At the first stage we will develop a conceptual plan of such a program.

We invite everyone interested to join our initiative!


Maksym Karpash,

Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, Vice-Rector of Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas, +380673420128,

Please register at:

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«RO-UA Partnership for Climate Change Mitigation»

General objective of the project - develop and support innovative cooperation for climate change mitigation within the cross-border RO-UA region to ensure sustainable development of territories through organisation of new educational and research environment in Energy Efficiency leading to climate change mitigation by 2021

University of Regina Exchange Student Program Autumn 2022

Center for International Cooperation informs about the possibility of learning at the University of Regina (Canada) during the Autumn(2022) semester

Follow the link to see a list of courses offered for study

IFNTUOG students are exempt from tuition fees at the University of Regina, however, they may be subject to charges associated with specific courses (e.g. Textbook cost) and other mandatory fees applied by the Study Abroad office (i.e Study Abroad Activity Fee).

Residence Application Fee - $450 CAD room booking confirmation fee. A $500 damage deposit (conditionally refundable) is required and is payable upon move-in.

Residence Deposit - UR Residences: $200.00; Luther College: $400.00 *Please note other deposit fees could apply.

Average Accommodation Cost On-Campus - $ 2400 - $ 5000 CAD per term. Cost varies depending on accommodation. Details at:

Meal Plan On-Campus - $900 – $3,700 CAD average per academic year. Luther Residence offers meal plans with varying prices, $2,200 - $2,750 CAD per term, including declining balance meal plan.

Participation Fee - all exchange students coming to the University of Regina are required to pay a mandatory program administration/activity fee of $150 CAD.

Insurance - Students must have international health insurance coverage. It must cover them for the entire duration of their stay in Canada.

Financial Guarantee - Students will be responsible for all additional costs (including, but not limited to): housing, textbooks, course materials, food, printing services, library fees, additional travel, etc.

Requirements for candidates:· bachelor (2nd year, 3rd year of study) , master(1st year of study); English (B2);· High academic performance;

Students can choose subjects at the following faculties of the University of Regina: Arts; Business Administration; Education; Engineering & Applied Science; Kinesiology; Media, Art, and Performance; Science; Social Work.
Programs by Faculty

For participation please registre -  

For information, please contact the Center for International Cooperation:

Deadline: February 22, 2021

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