The Royal Society and the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN), together with the Fund of the President of Ukraine for Education, Science and Sports and the Embassy of Ukraine, are planning a conference to support Ukraine’s reconstruction and recovery. This conference is being funded by Universities UK International and Research England and supported by the Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, and the Royal Academy of Engineering. 

Research evidence and expertise has a vital role to play in supporting policy makers to tackle the complex and urgent challenges related to the reconstruction and recovery of a resilient Ukraine. In consultation with researchers and policymakers in and outside Ukraine, the Royal Society and Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) are therefore planning a conference aimed at supporting Ukraine’s reconstruction and recovery by improving policymakers’ access to the most relevant and best available research evidence and expertise, identifying and prioritising evidence gaps and research needs, and providing a forum to broaden and deepen research and policy networks. 

Ukraine’s recovery: rebuilding with research will bring together researchers from the Ukrainian and UK universities and policy makers to explore how research can help to tackle some of the many challenges facing policymakers, from rebuilding Ukraine’s economy, to addressing the complex needs related to health and wellbeing, re-imagining regional security and partnerships, and planning for a green recovery. The conference outcomes will be captured in a conference report and shared with policymakers ahead of the UK government hosted Ukraine Recovery Conference, which is taking place in June 2023.

Ukraine’s Recovery: Rebuilding with Research is an invite only event that will take place at the Royal Society from 15-16 May 2023. 

Ahead of the conference, the Royal Society and UPEN called for researchers who may have relevant evidence and expertise, and who may be interested in contributing to, or taking part in, the conference. Thank you to everyone who took part in this survey. 

If you are interested in finding out more about the conference, please get in touch with international@royalsociety.org.


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