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The Royal Society and the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN), together with Universities UK International and Research England, are planning a conference to support Ukraine’s reconstruction and recovery. 

Research evidence and expertise have a vital role to play in rebuilding a resilient Ukraine. Medical, natural, and social sciences, as well as the humanities, can help tackle some of the many challenges facing policymakers, from rebuilding Ukraine’s economy, to addressing complex needs related to health and wellbeing, re-imagining regional security and partnerships, and planning for a green recovery. 

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 improving policymakers’ access to the most relevant and best available research evidence and expertise, and identifying and prioritising evidence gaps and research needs.  

Ukraine’s Recovery: Rebuilding with Research 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.

Frequently asked questions

I’m not sure whether I’m an expert, but I may have something useful to contribute. Should I complete this survey?

We welcome contributions from any researcher who has evidence or expertise that may be useful for Ukraine’s recovery, regardless of your research discipline or career stage. 

How will you use the information I provide?

We will use the information you provide to identify researchers who can contribute to the conference, and to maximise opportunities for engagement that may arise as a result of it.

We may use the information you provide:

  • To communicate with you about the conference; and
  • To conduct follow-up surveys on specific research areas. 

Who will hold information about me? Who might contact me?

Your information will be retained by the Royal Society, and accessible only to its staff and those in UPEN directly involved in the conference. Your information will be used in line with the Royal Society’s privacy policy

Policymakers in the UK government and Government of Ukraine may request information about researchers with expertise in specific policy areas relating to Ukraine’s recovery. We will send them the information you have provided and they may subsequently contact you. 

We will retain this information for 2 years, including for the purposes of monitoring, evaluation and learning, and any legal or accounting requirements.

How likely am I to be contacted if I sign up?

We cannot say how likely it is that you will be contacted, as this will depend in part on the number of people who complete the survey, and expertise that may be required. Completing the survey does not guarantee that you will be contacted. If you are contacted, you are not obliged to take up the request.

Why isn’t my area of expertise listed?

The survey asks you to indicate whether you have expertise in those areas most likely to fall within the scope of the conference, identified as such through discussion with Ukrainian policymakers. It also allows you to describe your expertise in any area(s) that you consider relevant.

How long do I have to fill out the survey?

The deadline for the survey is 23:59 on 19 March 2023. We may keep the survey open after this date.