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IFW staff sent an open letter for support of Ukraine

About 170 employees signed an open letter which strongly condemns the war against Ukraine and call for further help for affected scientists.

Open letter to the City of Dresden, State of Saxony and Federal Ministry of Education and Research

We, scientists and employees of IFW Dresden strongly condemn the hostilities launched against the Ukrainian people by the Russian Federation. Putin's war is not only an attack on our Ukrainian colleagues, friends, and relatives but a shameless attack on our social values, on who we are and wish to be.

We are witnessing these days how violence crushes peaceful existence in Ukraine. All aspects of civilian life are under assault. Science is not an exception. Scientific collaborations between Ukraine and IFW Dresden that have been delicately built and developed for over decades are in danger of being severed. Cities with our joint research laboratories are being bombed. As scientists, we strive towards progress. Because of the attacks on the country of our friends we now have to fear that our achievements are literally turned into ruins.

We ask the City of Dresden, State of Saxony and Federal Ministry of Education and Research to provide the means to host scientists forced to flee Ukraine in Dresden, to support joint Ukrainian-German research projects and laboratories in the Dresden area and to continue diplomatic and financial support of our scientific partners in Ukraine.

We stand with Ukraine.


Scholarship-Program for Ukrainian scientists
Kyiv Academic University (KAU), the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) support Ukrainian scientists who had to leave their home country as a result of the invasion by the Russian army.

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Text des Offenen Briefes zur Themaitik des Ukrainekrieges