Standing up for scientific freedom at a time of war

Standing up for scientific freedom at a time of war


In a strongly-worded editorial in the journal FUNCTION, Ole Petersen and Alexei Verkhratsky applaud the actions of scientists who oppose the Russian war against Ukraine.

The editorial cites examples where members of academia, both collectively and as individuals, have condemned acts of Russian aggression. They include Nobel Prize winner, Sir John Eccles FRS ML who denounced the crushing of the Prague Spring (1968) by the Soviet Union. In 2022, national academies – including the US National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina – have issued a statement that calls out the ‘unprovoked attack against Ukraine’. Academia Europaea has made a similar declaration.

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AE response to the publication of a statement by the Russian University Rectors’ Union

AE response to the publication of a statement by the Russian University Rectors’ Union


The AE Board of Trustees has released the following statement in response to the publication of a statement by the Russian University Rectors’ Union on 4th March 2022

“The Academia Europaea Board of Trustees joined with many other organisations that condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the statement recently issued by the Russian Union of Rectors through the President of that organisation – Professor Viktor Sadovnichii. The statement explicitly supports Russia’s criminal war against Ukraine. Further to this, the Board of Trustees have today taken the unanimous decision to suspend Professor Viktor Sadovnichii, from his membership of Academia Europaea.

This unprecedented action has been taken to allow for an internal investigation of any possible breaches of the regulations of our academy that may apply in these exceptional circumstances. The Regulations can be found on our website.”



16th March 2022. For further information please contact AECardiffHub@cardiff.ac.uk

Benefits of scientific collaboration between Ukraine and UK

Benefits of scientific collaboration between Ukraine and UK


Collaboration between scientists from Kyiv’s Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology and Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences have resulted in important advances.

The Russian criminal war against Ukraine is causing immense suffering in this large European country and has resulted in the worst refugee crisis since the second world war. While we reflect on these terrible events at the Vigil for Ukraine on 9th March at 11 am, led by our Vice-Chancellor Colin Riordan MAE, it is worth noting that collaboration between scientists from Kyiv’s Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology and Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences have resulted in important advances.

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