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"Let’s make science, not war!"

The Rectorate of TU Wien declares its solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

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The TU Wien also supports the contents of the open letter by Russian scientists and journalists [1], which was recently published. Our solidarity goes especially to the researchers and students affected by the war, with whom TUW members cooperate in the framework of Erasmus exchange programmes and EU research projects.

We stand in solidarity with all people in Ukraine and Russia who are suffering from this war and support our Ukrainian students and partner universities. Currently, around 150 students with Ukrainian citizenship are enrolled at TU Wien. We will make every effort to enable our Ukrainian students and the scientists currently working at TU Wien to continue their studies and research. The Admission Office, the International Office and the HTU departments for Social Policy and Foreign Students (, opens an external URL in a new window) are the contact points at TU Wien for support in visa matters and support during their studies.

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[1] Open letter of Russian scientists and science journalists against the war with Ukraine:, opens an external URL in a new window

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Open letter of Russian scientists and science journalists against the war with Ukraine

26.02.2022 Originally published by Troitsky Variant – Nauka, opens an external URL in a new window

We, the undersigned Russian scientists and science journalists, declare our strong opposition to the Russian hostilities launched against the Ukrainian people. These hostilities are incurring huge human losses and undermines the foundations of the established system of international security. The responsibility for unleashing a new war in Europe lies entirely with Russia.

There is no rational justification for this war. Obviously, Ukraine poses no threat to the security of Russia. The attempts to use the situation in Donbass as a pretext for launching a military operation are totally contrived. The war against Ukraine is unjust and frankly nonsense.

Ukraine has been and remains a country close to us. Many of us have relatives, friends, and colleagues living in Ukraine. Our fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers fought together against Nazism, and unleashing a war for the sake of the geopolitical ambitions of the leadership of the Russian Federation, driven by dubious historiosophical fantasies, is a cynical betrayal of their memory.

We respect the Ukrainian statehood, which rests on the ideals of a democratic institution, We are sympathetic to the orientation of Ukraine toward the European Union. We are convinced that all of the problems in the relationships between our countries could have been resolved peacefully.

Having unleashed the war, Russia has doomed itself to international isolation. It has devolved into a pariah country. This means that we, Russian scientists and journalists, will no longer be able to do our job in a normal way because conducting scientific research is unthinkable without cooperation and trust with colleagues from other countries. The isolation of Russia from the world means cultural and technological degradation of our country with a complete lack of positive prospects. The war with Ukraine is a step to nowhere.

It is bitter to realize that our country, which has made a decisive contribution to the victory over Nazism, has now instigated a new war on the European continent. We demand an immediate halt to all military operations directed against Ukraine. We demand respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state. We demand peace for our countries.

Let’s make science, not war!