The Project “German Ukrainian Researchers Network”

Think tanks in Ukraine are key civil society actors whose analytical work makes an important contri­bution to the promotion of democ­ratic processes. Through their direct work on drafting laws, co-designing state policies, monitoring and control, they are able to accompany the political process and make it more trans­parent. As part of civil society, they form the bridge between society and political decision-makers, commu­nicate ideas, inform, clarify and thus contribute decisively to pluralism of opinion and thus strengthen democracy in general. In addition, they act not only nationally, but also transna­tionally. Through their policy-oriented and up-to-date analyses of political and social devel­op­ments in their countries, think tanks can contribute to an improved under­standing across borders and provide perspec­tives on inter­na­tional discourses.

Based on these premises, the project “German Ukrainian Researchers Network” (GURN) aims to promote profes­sional exchange between experts from German and Ukrainian think tanks and enabling junior researchers to feed their practice-oriented scien­tific results into the social and political discourse of both countries.

Goals of the project:

Target groups:

The project targets junior and senior researchers at German and Ukrainian think tanks and univer­sities, who wish to strengthen their profes­sional expertise in practice-oriented research and want to implement (joint) research projects with a thematic focus on Ukraine.

Activ­ities:

The „German Ukrainian Researchers Network“ (GURN) is a project of the Institut für Europäische Politik e.V. and builds upon the previous project „Platform for Analytics and Inter­cul­tural Commu­ni­cation“ (PAIC, 2017–2019). The project is imple­mented in cooper­ation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv), New Europe Center (NEC, Kyiv) and the think tank Initiative think twice UA (Kyiv), with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Project timeline:

August 2019 – December 2020

Homepage: 

https://gurnnetwork.org/

Project team:

Dr. Katrin Böttger (Director)
Ljudmyla Melnyk (Project Coordi­nator and Research Associate)
Marie-Thérèse Schreiber (Project Manager)
Arthur Molt (Project Assistant)
Laura Christoph (Project Assistant)

Contact:

Ljudmyla Melnyk
Project Coordi­nator GURN
ljudmyla.melnyk@iep-berlin.de
+49 30 889 134 32

Institut für Europäische Politik
Bunde­sallee 23, 10717 Berlin
www.iep-berlin.de


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