The “Ukrainian Science Diaspora” initiative in the wartime

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The devastating russian military invasion of Ukraine forced millions of people to flee their homes. Among those affected are highly skilled scientists, resulting in a significant loss of human capital for Ukraine, which is crucial for the post-war reconstruction. To address this pressing issue, the Young Scientists Council (YSC) at the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine launched the “Ukrainian Science Diaspora” initiative to mitigate the brain drain.
The purpose of this study is to outline the first steps taken by this initiative. Moreover, it demonstrates lessons learned from the pilot meetings. The essence of the initiative is to keep links with scholars who left Ukraine and join the efforts of different migration waves of Ukrainian scientists for the further rebuilding of Ukraine. The YSC and other institutions prepared the analytical report on the needs and plans of Ukrainian scientists abroad. In addition, the paper highlights various events and activities organized by the YSC and other self-formed associations of Ukrainian scientists worldwide, working together to establish networks that could take the form of public organizations or be part of local unions of scientists.
At present, efforts are focused on identifying Ukrainian scientists interested in joining this initiative, with the ultimate goal of identifying areas where Ukrainian scientists can participate in post-war reconstruction. The success of this initiative will undoubtedly play a crucial role in ensuring that Ukraine can retain its valuable human capital and continue to thrive in the face of adversity.

Acknowledgment
This study is co-funded by the European Union through the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) within the project “Europeanisation of Doctoral Studies in Line with the Innovative Doctoral Training Principles in Europe: Towards a Common Future” 101083493 – EDOCS – ERASMUS-JMO-2022-HEI-TCH-RSCH https://edocs.snau.edu.ua/en/

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    • Figure 1. Opportunities offered by the “Ukrainian Science Diaspora” initiative
    • Figure 2. Activity plan of the “Ukrainian Science Diaspora” initiative
    • Figure 3. Distribution of scholars by science fields
    • Figure 4. Distribution of scholars by their employment in Poland
    • Funding acquisition
      Yevheniia Polishchuk
    • Investigation
      Yevheniia Polishchuk, Igor Lyman, Svitlana Chugaievska
    • Methodology
      Yevheniia Polishchuk, Igor Lyman, Svitlana Chugaievska
    • Project administration
      Yevheniia Polishchuk, Igor Lyman
    • Resources
      Yevheniia Polishchuk
    • Supervision
      Yevheniia Polishchuk, Igor Lyman
    • Writing – original draft
      Yevheniia Polishchuk
    • Writing – review & editing
      Yevheniia Polishchuk, Igor Lyman
    • Conceptualization
      Igor Lyman, Svitlana Chugaievska
    • Formal Analysis
      Igor Lyman, Svitlana Chugaievska
    • Visualization
      Igor Lyman, Svitlana Chugaievska
    • Software
      Svitlana Chugaievska