Ukrainian scientists co-lead 25 NATO science projects – looking for solutions in humanitarian demining, telemedicine, counter-terrorism

Since 2014, Ukraine has been one of the largest beneficiaries of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program – this year our experts from institutions and universities are involved in 33 projects, with 25 of them being co-directors. In total, over 25 years of cooperation, Ukrainian participants have received funding of more than € 10 million.

This was discussed during the Information Day of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program in Ukraine, held on November 21, 2019, at the MES.

“We highly value scientific cooperation with NATO. It allows us to expand our infrastructure and international contacts, as well as providing additional funding for our scientists’ projects, which is very important for Ukraine. At the same time, our researchers are making a major contribution to the development of peace and security for all mankind. They are working on world-class developments in the sense of international security, the fight against terrorism, in the field of high technology”, said First Deputy Minister of Education and Science Yuriy Polyukhovich.

For example, the joint development of KPI and McMaster University of Canada is a portable microwave radar for staff protection. He must detect hidden weapons – knives, pistols, grenades – within 20 meters of a person’s body, including among the crowd.

Another KPI project with the Norwegian University of Natural Sciences and Technology is a mine and explosive device detection system. Created mine detector in any soil at a depth of up to half a meter will be able to “find” both metal and plastic mines. Their image in three dimensions is displayed on the monitor of the device.

Senior Science Advisor for the Science for Peace and Security Program and the Partnership for NATO’s New Security Issue, Denise Betten, noted that humanitarian demining is one of the Programme’s main areas of focus in Ukraine. Also prioritized is telemedicine. In particular, Ms Bethen announced the launch of a large-scale project early next year, which will involve paramedics. The project involves their training and further work in conflict zones.

During the Information Day, participants were briefed on opportunities to participate in the Program, “success stories” and further development of Ukraine-NATO cooperation within the Program.


Source: МESU