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HUN-REN research sites provide support to Ukraine

Since the invasion of Ukraine, the HUN-REN research sites have provided financial support, research projects and in-kind contributions.

The HUN-REN Centre for Agricultural Research Agricultural Institute hosted one Ukrainian researcher through the COST STSM grant and is in a contract agreement with him till May 31, 2023.The Institute has also donated and delivered shipments of wheat and corn seeds to Ukraine.

The HUN-REN Institute for Nuclear Research has offered both accommodation and employment to colleagues arriving from Ukraine.

The HUN-REN Centre for Energy Research offered 2 postdoctoral and 1 engineering position that was partially financed by the JECS Trust program of the European Ceramic Society (ECerS). The HUN-REN Centre for Energy Research is listed among the research facility places (in European Labs) to welcome Ukrainian ceramicists to enable them to continue their ceramic processing work and lab experiments:".

The HUN-REN Research Centre for the Humanities organized a fundraising event for Ukraine in 2022. The Centre has participated in various kinds of joint research projects with Ukrainian colleagues. In 2022, several researchers spent time in Hungary with their families via the support of mobility projects. The Centre sent book donations to the Elemér Ortutay Greek Catholic Centre and to the University in Uzhhorod. Researchers of the Early Hungarians Research Team assisted in carrying archaeological findings related to early Hungarian history from the war zone to a safe place and provided assistance in digitizing archaeological excavation documents.

The HUN-REN Balaton Limnological Research Institute hosted junior and senior Ukrainian scientific researchers in the fields of hydrobiology, limnology, ecology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, and chemistry. The Institute assisted with one researcher's family members to find employment. The institute has a new cooperation with Uzhhorod National University to acquire various research equipment, i.e., generator, - 80C freezer, etc. BLRI is registered with the community group of volunteer researchers Science for Ukraine as a result, more than twenty students applied for further education possibilities, mainly engineering and IT students from the universities of Kharkiv, Kherson, and Odessa.

The HUN-REN Research Centre for Natural Sciences welcomed a visiting researcher from the Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in October 2022.

The HUN-REN Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences has offered six-month guest researcher scholarships – for one astrophysicist and three geographers – and is providing them with accommodation in the MTA Domus guesthouse.

The HUN-REN Institute of Experimental Medicine offered a six-month fixed term guest research position to three researchers interested in neurobiology.

The HUN-REN Centre for Economic and Regional Studies - The HUN-REN Centre for Economic and Regional Studies offered two full-time guest researchers positions (a six-month fixed term and a four-month fixed term) to Ukrainian researchers by joining the "Global Research Groups Supporting Ukrainian Scientists" civil initiative and has assisted in finding accommodation and schooling for their family members.

The HUN-REN Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics has organized a fundraising event for Ukraine and has successfully employed a Transcarpathian linguist from the Ferenc Rákóczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College of Higher Education since the outbreak of the war. The Centre has added the Ukrainian language to their multilingual translation system which resulted in a publication: Dr. Zijian Győző Yang, László János Laki (2022) Solving Hungarian natural language processing tasks with multilingual generative models. Annales Mathematicae et Informaticae. ISSN 1787-6117 (Online)

The HUN-REN Centre for Ecological Research offered free accommodation to their Ukrainian scientific partners.

The HUN-REN Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics invited a Ukrainian mathematician and mathematical physicist as a guest to their annual conference. The Institute initiated a 'Winter School' on the topic of Singularities and Low-Dimensional Topology where two Ukrainian female researchers that applied have been supported.

The HUN-REN Institute for Computer Science and Control pledged to provide work and, if necessary, accommodation for colleagues arriving from Ukrainian partner institutions.

The HUN-REN Biological Research Centre, Szeged has made available two guest researcher placements of a year each, while Biocentre Kft., a company owned by the Centre, has donated HUF 5 million to Ukrainians in need.

The HUN-REN Wigner Research Centre for Physics employs (till Spring 2024) a Ukrainian theoretical physicist, who left Ukraine with his family in 2022. The employment of an additional Ukrainian PhD student unable to return to Ukraine to defend his PhD was also extended. The Centre offered a postdoc position to perform research activity in Hungary until the war ends. A PhD student was also hosted from Uzhhorod National University for several months and extended efforts were made to keep scientific contact with Ukrainian researchers working in Uzhhorod and Kiev.

We are grateful for the research sites’ support and hope that peace will be restored in Ukraine as soon as possible.

HUN-REN’s statement on the situation in Ukraine

We at the Hungarian Research Network are deeply shocked and saddened by the situation unfolding in Ukraine and our deepest sympathy goes to everyone affected. We are closely monitoring the events and exploring possibilities to assist our fellow researchers from Ukraine during this very difficult time.