For years, the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden) has maintained successful collaborations in the form of joint graduation programs and research projects as well as a Joint Lab with research institutions in Ukraine. All these programs are questioned and massively affected by the current situation.
More than twenty Ukrainian scientists and students are currently working at IFW Dresden. For these people, the situation is emotionally extremely challenging. Moreover, their professional perspectives as scientists is completely in question. IFW Dresden now took measures to decisively address the second point. This includes the extension of the employment contracts of Ukrainian employees with IFW. This measure is supported by the institute's own funds as well as by promised support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the assistance of the Leibniz Association.
In addition, special programs are being prepared to finance guest stays for researchers or professors from Ukraine whose scientific work has been made impossible in their own country. In this way, IFW Dresden would like to contribute to ensuring that science remains conceivable despite extreme political crisis situations.
At IFW Dresden, people from more than forty nations work together in scientific excellence and in a peaceful atmosphere. The recent developments deeply shock the staff, which is reflected not least in many personal offers of help on a collegial level.
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