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President of the Polish Academy of Sciences visiting Ukraine

Prof. Jerzy Duszyński has visited Ukraine. The main objective of the visit was to consult on the conditions of future cooperation in the formation of PAS support programs for scientists from the neighboring country.

The Academy is actively involved in supporting scientists who have been forced to leave their country. PAS also plans, together with its foreign partners, to assist those researchers who have chosen to remain in the war zones.

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From left: Olesiy Dniorov (Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine), Serhiy Shkarlet (Minister of Education and Science), Anatoly Zagorodny (President of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), Serhiy Babak (Chairman of the Committee on Education, Science and Innovation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine)

Meetings with scientists and decision-makers

During the talks, the Polish Academy of Sciences President was accompanied by Mateusz Białas, acting director of the PAS Representative Office in Kyiv. They have held several working meetings with their partners in Lviv and Kyiv.

On 11 July, a meeting was held at the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. It was attended by:

  • Serhiy Shkarlet, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine
  • Serhiy Babak, Chairman of the Committee on Education, Science, and Innovation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
  • Oleksiy Dniprov, Deputy Head of the Presidential Chancellery of Ukraine responsible for science and education
  • Anatoly Zagorodny, President of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NANU)
  • Vasyl Kremel, President of the National Academy of Educational Sciences
  • Vice-presidents of NANU
  • rectors of Kyiv universities

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Mateusz Białas, Prof. Jerzy Duszyński

President Duszyński also met with the leadership of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, representatives of the National Research Fund of Ukraine (a state agency supporting research in the fields of science and technology, the equivalent organization to the Polish NCBiR), the Centre for Science and Technology in Ukraine, the Chairwoman of the Council of Young Scientists at the Ministry of Education and Science, the leadership of the NANU Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics and the Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.

The delegation also visited the Vlodimir Vernadsky National Library of NANU. The library houses a collection of several million items, including an anthology of Jewish folk music from the first half of the 20th century, which is listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

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Peresopnytskyi Gospel (16th century), used during the swearing-in ceremony of the President of Ukraine, held in the Vernadskyi National Library

Compiled by: Mateusz Białas, PAN

Photo source: Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine