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MASTS condemns in the strongest possible terms the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This unprovoked and brutal act of war challenges the fundamental freedoms that we all take for granted in liberal democracies. MASTS will demonstrate its support for the people of Ukraine by using whatever influence it can bring to bear to ensure that Russian and Belarusian institutions are excluded from and denied access to the domains in which MASTS operates. MASTS will help to support the actions of its member organisations in this regard. Specifically, MASTS will seek to have Russian and Belarusian institutions denied access to research funding, resources, infrastructure, collaboration and positions of influence. MASTS will actively lobby for Russian and Belarusian institutions to be stripped of roles within the international research community and excluded from the relevant organisations and initiatives.
MASTS, alongside the wider UK HE Sector represented by Universities UK, also recognise that many education and research partnerships are often based on academic peer-to-peer relationships, and note that many Russian students and academics, at great personal peril, have publicly criticised this invasion. MASTS do not support the application of blanket academic boycotts that prevent academics collaborating with other academics as a means of protest against the actions of their governments. Decisions on such continued collaborations will be made on a case-by-case basis, informed both by UK Government guidance and appropriate due diligence.
It is incumbent upon all of us as individuals and organisations to actively and visibly support the people of Ukraine and to stand united with the international community in isolating Russia and those that support its actions.
#ScienceForUkraine is a community group of volunteer students and research scientists from academic institutions in Europe and around the world. Their mission is to collect and disseminate information about support opportunities at the university, national, and international level for graduate students and researchers directly affiliated to an academic institution in Ukraine. Find out more here.
Formed in 2009, the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) is a consortium of organisations engaged in marine science and represents the majority of Scotland's marine research capacity.
MASTS also provides an academic platform and knowledge base for marine governance and commerce by contributing to the Scottish Marine Science Strategy.
The strategy will help to deliver ‘Clean, healthy, safe, productive, biologically diverse marine and coastal environments, managed to meet the long term needs of people and nature.’
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