UEG stands in solidarity with Ukraine

UEG statement on the Ukraine situation

March 14, 2022 

United European Gastroenterology (UEG) stands in solidarity with Ukraine and calls for an immediate stop of the war.  

We categorically and unequivocally condemn the aggression in Ukraine by the Russian army, the ongoing invasion and the violence against civilians and health facilities. Ukraine has our unwavering support, and we wholly acknowledge, empathise with, and extend our heart to the country’s victims, including our peers and colleagues.   

We will do everything within our power to support and help those in need. We address our community and now call upon them to stand together to aid in any possible way with bringing an end to this war.  

UEG has donated to the  International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and implores that you please also consider contributing. Its areas of support include emergency assistance such as food, water, and other essential items. 

The ICRC also supports hospitals and primary healthcare facilities with medical equipment and emergency preparedness. It repairs water stations and support households to rehabilitate their damaged homes and helps families separated by the conflict reconnect. 

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 As a show of support throughout these inexplicably difficult times, we are also developing initiatives and opportunities to make UEG activities more easily accessible and financially attainable for our Ukrainian colleagues. We are dedicated to making fast decisions, to best implement a new action plan and assist our Ukrainian doctors.


Given the current circumstances we have decided to temporarily suspend the Russian Gastroenterological Association from UEG. Still, our mission remains to act as the united and trusted voice of European gastroenterology through our dedication to the dissemination of knowledge and science to all digestive health professionals.   

Helena Cortez-Pinto 
UEG President 
On behalf of the UEG Council 

Extraordinary fellowship for individual doctors & researchers from Ukraine

UEG supports Ukrainian doctors and researchers, who have been forced to flee their country. Ukrainian digestive healthcare specialists, whose previous position is currently not available due to the war but already found a fellowship possibility in Europe or the Mediterranean area, can apply for a grant to contribute to their living expenses in this emergency situation. 

Support for Ukrainian colleagues to attend UEG Week 2022

In order to assist our Ukrainian colleagues who are directly affected by the consequences of the war we offer support for attending UEG Week:

  • free virtual registration for all Ukrainian delegates ​
  • application now closed - free in-person registration and travel grant of € 1,000 for up to 50 Ukrainian delegates​ ​

The registration deadline is Thursday, September 22.

To register and for more information please contact  

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Free opportunities for Ukrainian gastroenterologists via myUEG community

As a myUEG Associate and myUEG Young Associate all colleagues from Ukraine can benefit from both continuous education and career development by utilising our renowned online offers for free! 

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Communication hub between Ukrainian gastroenterologists and institutes in UEG’s National Societies

UEG is aiming to act as a communication central between Ukrainian gastroenterologists who needed to leave their country and are looking for temporary occupation in institutions of our  National Member Societies. For all Ukrainian colleagues among our community who are directly affected by the consequences of this war we will try to facilitate contact and support in our national member societies. If you require our assistance, please contact .

Resources for Ukrainian gastroenterologists and researchers

In this place we offer relevant information about funding opportunities for Ukrainian researchers fleeing the war. We aim to keep the list updated as often as possible.

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) supports Ukrainian researchers

Ukrainian researchers who leave Ukraine and come to Sweden in 2022 can now apply for grants to conduct their research here. The researcher must conduct strategic research within SSF’s areas: Natural Science, Engineering and Medicine. 30 million SEK is allocated in the call “SSF individual grants for Ukrainian scientists 2022” which is aimed at Ukrainian citizens with a doctoral degree. The researcher must be employed by a Swedish university or a research institute during the project period. 

All forms of employment are permitted, ranging from temporary employment as postdoc or visiting professor to more permanent faculty positions. The researcher can apply for a maximum of 3 MSEK and the duration of the project can be up to 3 years. A letter of intent must be submitted by the Swedish host institution confirming employment. 

Application time: Applications can be submitted throughout 2022 

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European Commission launches the ERA4Ukraine platform to support Ukrainian researchers

The ERA4Ukraine platform - a one-stop-shop for information and support services to Ukraine-based researchers and researchers fleeing Ukraine. Among the initiatives on the portal are the new "European Research Council for Ukraine" initiative, access to Science4Refugees, an existing EURAXESS initiative that provides internships, part-time and full-time jobs to refugees, EU solidarity with Ukraine and MSCA – Researchers at risk.

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Funded under the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and coordinated by Scholars at Risk Europe at Maynooth University, Ireland, Inspireurope forges a coordinated, cross-sectoral, Europe-wide alliance for researchers at risk. 

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#ScienceForUkraine is a community group of volunteer students and research scientists from academic institutions in Europe and around the globe. Its mission is to collect and disseminate information about support opportunities at the university, national, and international levels for graduate students and researchers directly affiliated with an academic institution in Ukraine. 

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