NATO intensifies scientific cooperation with Ukraine

Experts from NATO and Ukraine took stock of progress made on several projects and agreed on new areas of cooperation.

According to a release, the agreed upon cooperation included the reintegration of female military personnel into civilian life. This was the subject of discussion at the 16th edition of the NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group on Scientific and Environmental Cooperation, held at NATO Headquarters on the 28th of March 2019.

Since the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 and the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, over 12,000 scientists and academic experts have been displaced from their residence say the Alliance. In the face of these challenges, NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme significantly increased its support to Ukraine by providing equipment and stipends to young scientists.

Prof. Maksim Strikha, Ukrainian Deputy Minister for Education and Science explained in a news release:

“By engaging Ukrainian scientists in high-level research and capacity-building activities, the SPS Programme has actively supported research and academic institutions in Ukraine, strengthening the Ukrainian scientific landscape.”

Over 33 activities with Ukraine are ongoing, which makes the country the biggest beneficiary of NATO’s SPS Programme.

“One of the current flagship projects is called ‘Dexter,” said Dr Deniz Yüksel-Beten, Senior SPS and Partnerships Cooperation Advisor at NATO.

“It aims to develop a system to detect explosives and firearms in public spaces, remotely and in real time, without disrupting the flow of passengers,” she added.

Furthermore, in the framework of the NATO-Ukraine Platform on Countering Hybrid Warfare, the SPS Programme assists a joint initiative from Ukraine and Lithuania to develop an early warning system to counter hybrid threats. An event will take place in Vilnius in April 2019 to make recommendations and provide a way ahead.