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The Berlin Center for Global Engagement (BCGE) organizes events at irregular intervals with international experts on the topics of scientific cooperation with the Global South, academic freedom, and science diplomacy.

Current events

Berlin4Ukraine: Meet & Learn Jun 30, 2022 – 1pm - 7pm – Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)

A networking event for exile researchers

Together with partners, the Berlin Center for Global Engagement (BCGE) is organizing a network and career event for Ukrainian researchers that fled from Ukraine and came to Berlin. The event is organized by BCGE, the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), Berlin Research 50 (BR50), the Clusters of Excellence SCRIPTS and NeuroCure, in cooperation with the Clusters of Excellence Science of Intelligence, Temporal Communities, and UniSysCat, the German-Ukrainian Academic Society, Dahlem Humanities Center, and others.

PhD students and researchers from all academic disciplines that had to flee from war, violence and political persecution frequently face similar problems: They want to continue their scientific work but are often unfamiliar with the German research landscape, the academic system as well as the local funding culture. In many cases, they have to rebuild their academic networks.

The Berlin4Ukraine-event aims to present basic information on the structures and key players of the German scientific system, on the major resources available for refugee researchers and scholars at risk in particular, as well as information on the German science funding system in general. In addition, the event provides networking opportunities for researchers from Ukraine and from Berlin. Therefore, the program contains informational talks and breakout sessions that allow networking. In addition, relevant scientific institutions, projects and organizations are present to give information and to answer questions. Further information about the program and the participating institutions can be found below.

The workshop will be held in English and is an in-person event with the option to follow via online streaming (except for the three parallel info sessions): us06web.zoom.us/j/82060396080?pwd=TUp3WHJHblVOYXZJL2VaZVdOWHNsZz09

For a participation (in-person or online), a registration is necessary (deadline June 15, 2022): events.wzb.eu/ber4ukr/

The event is free of charge and a childcare service will be organized.

June 302022, 1pm – 7pm

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)
Jägerstraße 22/23
10117 Berlin

Hygiene rules to contain the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus will apply:

  • Please provide a negative COVID-19 test result at the entrance that is not older than 24 hours.
  • Please wear an FFP2-mask while moving in the building.

In case you have any questions, please contact:


13:00–14:00  Registration
14:00–14:20  Welcome Remarks

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Christoph Markschies (BBAW)
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Schneider (HU / BUA)
  • Dr. Gregor Hofmann (BR50 / WZB)
  • Embassy Counselor Oksana Dubovenko (Embassy of Ukraine in Germany)

14:2014:40  An overview of the German Science & Innovation Landscape and Differences to the Ukrainian System

  • Dr. Oksana Seumenicht (Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine and German-Ukrainian Academic Society)

14:4015:30  Insights by Ukrainian researchers

  • Dr. Tetiana Kostiuchenko (SCRIPTS/Institute for East European Studies, FU Berlin)
  • Taya Kozak (PhD Researcher, Bogomolets Institute of Physiology Kyiv, currently: MPI for Infections Biology)
  • Prof. Olga Kutsenko (Sociology, TU Berlin)
  • Tetiana Laguta (PhD Researcher, Bogomolets Institute of Physiology Kyiv, currently: MPI for Infections Biology)
  • Dr. Mykola Lazarev (hosted by Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr. Sergii Pakhomenko (Department of Political Science and International Relations at Mariupol State University; Research Fellow in Global History at FU Berlin)
  • Prof. Ganna Tolstanova (Vice-Rector for Research at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)
  • Dr. Iryna Yakovenko (Senior Fellow Cluster of Excellence Temporal Communities)
  • and further researchers

15:3017:00 3x parallel Info-sessions with coffee: research and offers in Berlin, opportunity to network

  • Social Science & Humanities – Moderator: Brinthanan Puvaneswaran (SCRIPTS)
  • Natural Sciences, Tech & Engineering – Moderator: Dr. Ariane Nunes Alves (UniSysCat)
  • Life Sciences & Medicine – Prof. Dr. Dietmar Schmitz (NeuroCure)

17:0018:30 – Panel Discussion: Supporting Ukraine and Advancing Research. Cooperation – Perspectives on mid- to long-term strategies

  • Moderator: Prof. Dr. Katharina Bluhm, Head of the Institute for East European Studies
  • Prof. Dr. Heribert Hofer, Director, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife  Research (IZW)
  • Rozaliia Tarnovetckaia, Researcher at Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies, TU Berlin
  • Dr. Judith Wellen, Head of Strategy and External Relations, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
  • Prof. Dr. Leonid Yatsenko, former head of National Research Foundation of Ukraine (NRFU)

18:30 – Networking reception with information desks by different institutions

These institutions will be present with materials and/or personnel and provide information:

  • Academics in Solidarity
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW)
  • Berlin Research 50 (BR50)
  • Berlin University Alliance (BUA)
  • Campus Berlin-Buch GmBH
  • Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure
  • Cluster of Excellence Science of Intelligence (SCloI)
  • Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS
  • Cluster of Excellence Temporal Communities
  • Cluster of Excellence UniSysCat
  • Dahlem Humanities Center
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • Einstein Foundation Berlin
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • German-Ukrainian Academic Society
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Die Junge Akademie
  • Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in der Helmholz-Gemeinschaft (MDC)
  • Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin
  • Technische Universität Berlin
  • WZB - Berlin Social Science Center

Past events

Internal Round Table Russia/Ukraine March 14, 2022, 5 - 7 PM  online via Webex

At the end of February 2022, Berlin's universities and numerous non-university research institutions reacted to the Russian military actions and took first measures, among others, to support refugee students and scientists from Ukraine and to suspend institutional cooperation with Russian institutions. The internal meeting aimed to generate an overview of which science policy measures have been taken so far with regard to both Ukraine and Russia and offered a first exchange on the medium- and long-term science policy consequences of the current conflict.

Internal Networking Meeting Sub-Saharan Africa February 22, 2022, 2 - 5 PM online via Webex

On February 22  the first internal networking event within the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) took place, organised by the Berlin Center for Global Engagement (BCGE). Invited were professors, postdoctoral researchers and project coordinators from Freie Universität, Humboldt Universität, Technische Universität and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin from a wide range of disciplines who are involved in research and cooperation projects with partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. 42 people took part.

The meeting aimed to generate an overview of the activities that already exist in the region, where future cooperation potential lies and which formats would be useful for intensifying research cooperation within the BUA. Specific thematic spaces were created in which the opportunities and challenges of research cooperation with Sub-Saharan Africa were discussed.

Digital Talk: How to be a science diplomat in Europe? June 10, 2021, 4 – 5 PM, in English and online via Zoom

The Berlin Center for Global Engagement (BCGE) is collaborating with the Centre for Science and Policy in Cambridge to organise a talk which will be delivered by Dr Jan Marco Müller – the current Science & Technology Advisor in the European External Action Service (EEAS). In his talk, Jan Marco Müller will share insights based on his experiences of working as a science advisor among diplomats, and advising on matters ranging from critical raw materials and climate change to the development of COVID-19 vaccines. To respond to Dr Müller, we have invited Paola A. Yanguas Parra, a research associate at the Technische Universität Berlin, whose work focuses on climate and energy policy and evidence-based policy design.

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Panel Discussion: Debating the future of inclusive knowledge production with the ‘Global South’, February 23, 2021

The panel discussion focussed on questions of inclusive internationalisation and knowledge production. Professor Joybrato Mukherjee, president of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD), debated with Eloísa Martín, professor of sociology at the United Arab Emirates University and vice president of the International Sociological Association (ISA). The panel discussion was part of the Lunch-time Debates on the Future of Higher Education Internationalization: “Watersheds of Internationalization” at Freie Universität Berlin.

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A report of the discussion

Panel Discussion: Digital Cooperation with the ‘South’: Chances and Challenges, October 5, 2020

How does digital cooperation provide chances and challenges in fostering cooperation in higher education with the ‘Global South?’ This question was the central point of focus of a panel discussion the BCGE organized in the framework of the DAAD Conference Moving target digitalisation: re-thinking global exchange in higher education.

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