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Date: 28 March 2023
An international conference on Ukraine's economic-social and scientific-educational stabilization and recovery from the effects of war

The AUFF-Ukraine Research Fellows at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) host this hybrid conference to reflect on the current state of socio-economic and scientific-educational sectors in Ukraine; visions and plans for the post-war recovery of Ukraine; and to bring together scholars from different disciplines bridging scientists inside and outside of Ukraine.

Each panel of the conference has four or three 15-minute talks, followed by a panel discussion.


09.00 Registration

09.30 - 09.45 Welcome speakers

  • Lotte Holm, Deputy Director of the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Mykhailo Vydoinyk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Denmark 

09.45 - 10.15 Keynote speaker

  • Prof. Thomas Sinkjær, Secretary General of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters and Aalborg University (DK): “Science and science policy during and post war”

10.15 - 10.30 Coffee break

10.30 - 12.00 TALKS & PANEL DISCUSSION 1: Visions and Plans of the Post-War Recovery in Ukraine

Chair: Iza Romanowska, AIAS Fellow 

  • Alina Zubkovych, Director of Nordic Ukraine Forum, (SE): "Rebuilding of Ukraine: overview of the challenges and trends"
  • Lars Johannsen, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University (DK): “Getting rid of Corruption: Increase Trust and Rebuild Ukraine”
  • Mette Skak, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University (DK): “Short- and long-term factors working against Russia in the Ukraine war”
  • Jakob Tolstrup, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University (DK): "Russia's policy towards Ukraine in a post-war scenario"

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch

13.00 - 13.15 Keynote speaker

  •  Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2022 Oleksandra Matviichuk, head of the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties. TBA

13.15 - 14.15 TALKS & PANEL DISCUSSION 2: People and Institutions as a Key Factor in the Post-War Recovery in Ukraine

Chair: Bridget Vincent, AIAS Fellow

  • Vera Skvirskaja, Department of Cross-Culture and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen (DK): "Diversity and Unity: Practices of coexistence in  post-war Ukraine"
  • Simon Calmar Andersen, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University (DK): "The potential role of parents for rebuilding the education of children"
  • Birgitte Beck Pristed, School of Culture and Society - Russian and Balkan Studies, Aarhus University (DK): "Scholars as Diplomats for Science Across Europe"  

14.15 - 14.45 Coffee break

14.45 - 15.45 TALKS & PANEL DISCUSSION 3: Financing, Pathways and Mechanisms. Reintroduction of the scientific "refugees" into the Post-War Recovery Infrastructure

Chair: Shiru Lim, AIAS Fellow 

  • Winnie JohansenDepartment of Management, Aarhus University (DK): ”Rebuilding business in Ukraine: crisis management, renewal and opportunities"
  • Adam Gordon, Department of Management, Aarhus University (DK): "Long-term strategy in times of upheaval: how Ukrainian business leaders are managing the present and planning for the future"
  • Sophia Opatska, Vice Rector of Strategic Development, Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine) and AUFF-Ukraine Research Fellow at AIAS from 2022-2023: "End of War: Happy End or Hard Work"

15.45 - 16.15 Concluding remarks. Conference summary and outcomes. Scientific networking.

Chair: Svitlana Kononchuk, visiting researcher, Aarhus University

16.15 - 18.00 Reception in the AIAS Hall


All are welcome to join the conference by prior registration by 23 March. The conference is free-of-charge and hybrid, allowing for either in-person or online participation. A link to attend the conference online via Zoom will be sent to you in due time prior to the event.