Women and Science, here are 12 Ukraine’s innovation champions

This year’s Women’s Day unfortunately coincides with the Russian invasion beforeUkraine. The country, in addition to being a theater of war, is also one young nation From a political point of view (it has been an independent country since 1991) and from a demographic point of view (mean age 40.3 years), it is therefore full of vitality and attracted by innovation. The conflict unfortunately stopped all activities, including those of Ukrainian innovators and start-ups. However, a young Minister of Digital Transformation, Mikhailo Fedorovfollowing the demands of technological innovation after launching the “IT War” and seeking help from the world’s major technology companies, receiving immediate support from Elon Musk and many others.

In this context, women are also making their way. Women who, although Ukraine is not a rich country (in 2020, it recorded a 4% drop in GDP, a figure that is unfortunately set to get dramatically worse due to the war), have gained training and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) ), that is, scientific and technological skills.

Ukrainian newspaper robrica List mode 11 Ukrainian women from past and present (We’ve added twelfth place), who have either changed their innovative ideas or were trying to change the country before the war tragically halted their work.

Natalia Polonska Vasilenko

Natalia Polonska-Vasylenko (1884-1973) studied the history and archeology of Ukraine, both in her own country and later in exile in Germany and the Czech Republic. And she became one of the outstanding representatives of the state school of Ukrainian historiography. The idea of ​​independence and the continuity of the Ukrainian historical process. Natalia Polonskaya-Vasylenko is the author of almost 200 scientific works on the history of Zaporizhzhya and southern Ukraine, relevant to this day. He left Ukraine in 1945.

Valentina Radzimovska

Valentina Radzimovska (1886-1953) was a professor and doctor of medical and physiological sciences, the founder of the Ukrainian School of Physiologists and Biochemists, as well as a public figure. He was persecuted by the Soviet authorities due to his political activities and his participation in the Union for the Liberation of Ukraine in the 1930s. Nevertheless, Radzymovska became the author of more than 60 works on biochemistry, pathophysiology, pediatrics, psychoneurology, physiology and physiology. He left Ukraine in 1945, immigrating first to Germany and then to the United States. Radzymovska made a significant contribution to the study and treatment of tuberculosis in children.

Nina Morozenko

Ukrainian astronomer, heliophysicist, doctor of physical and mathematical sciences, author of 56 scientific works, Nina Morozenko devoted her whole life to studying the structure of the Sun and the processes related to it. The scientific work of Nina Morozhenko on solar prominence was the first in the world and led to the scientific research of solar physicists in many countries.

Natalia Vinohrad

Epidemiologist, professor, doctor of medical sciences, Natalia Vinohrad heads the Department of Epidemiology at Lviv National Medical University. She is an expert with WHO in responding to epidemic threats and with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health on epidemiology, as well as being a consultant to the Ministry of Emergencies of Ukraine on epidemic protection and biosecurity. Once an ordinary girl from a village in the Khmelnytskyi region, now she is the author of 305 scientific articles and 8 copyright certificates of Ukrainian inventions and patents

Nina Verchenko

Professor of the Department of Mathematical Analysis and Probability Theory, PhD in Physics and Mathematical Sciences, Nina Verchenko is one of the most famous Ukrainian mathematicians. She is the author of more than 500 scientific and methodological works, including 20 books that have been published in Ukrainian, Russian, English and Japanese. Virchenko is recognized not only in Ukraine but also abroad; It is part of the Australian, American, Belgian, Edinburgh and London sports associations. At the age of eighteen, in 1948, she was sentenced to 10 years in Gulag camps for preparing a “political conspiracy, rioting” and participating in the “Ukrainian nationalist gang”.

Ella Libanova

Expert in socio-economic, demographic and labor economics, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Economics, Professor, Ukrainian economist. Ella Libanova is the academic secretary of the Department of Economics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and, by the way, the first and only member of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences for 102 years of its activity. He teaches social statistics at Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv. Libanova introduced a method for measuring human development at the regional level, which is used by the State Statistics Service of Ukraine for annual calculations.

Nana Voitenko

Professor, PhD in Biological Sciences, Neuroscientist, Head of the Sensory Signaling Department at the Bohomolets Institute of Physiology at NAS in Ukraine. Nana Voitenko has been researching pain for more than 20 years, specifically about how it manifests and spreads in the human central and peripheral nervous system. In the lab, Voitenko and his colleagues were able to develop an experimental treatment that affects only cells implicated in pain syndromes. Additionally, Nana Voitenko is a lecturer at the Science Days Initiative, was a TED-x Kyiv lecturer in 2013, and organizer of Brain Knowledge Week.

The first is Provarets

Ukrainian biophysicist, PhD in Physics and Mathematical Sciences, winner of the Scopus Prizes Ukraine in the nomination “Best team of scientists who have achieved important scientific results without Western cooperation” and the Ukrainian President’s Prize for Young Scientists, as well as a leading researcher in the Department of Molecular and Quantum Biophysics at the Institute of Biology Molecular and Genetics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The first of them is the youngest licensed female doctor in Ukraine; He became a doctor at the age of 29, and now continues to study biophysics. His discoveries made it possible to understand the mechanisms of cancer and many other diseases caused by mutations.

Marina Vyazovska

Ukrainian scientist and doctor of natural sciences, Marina Vyazovska currently works at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He was awarded the 2016 Salem Prize, a highly regarded award for mathematicians, after solving a problem that scientists have worked on for more than 400 years: packing spheres in eight-dimensional space. Viazovska was also a co-author of Packaging in 24 Dimensions.

Maria Bilyak

PhD in Biological Sciences and Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biotechnology at Vasyl Stefanyk National Precarpathic University, Mariia Bailiak studies biochemistry and conducts research on the effect of various plants and substances on the aging process. Among other things, his discoveries relate to increased resistance to stress and anti-aging substances. Baikiak is one of the top 10 successful Ukrainian scientists.

Yulia Bezverchenko

Ukrainian theoretical physicist, popularizing science, doctorate in physical and mathematical sciences, Yulia Bezverchenko was included in the list of the 20 best Ukrainian women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for the year 2018-2019. It deals with mathematical methods applied to problems of dynamics of quantum systems in external domains and the control of quantum systems.

Svetlana Krakowska

Svetlana Krakowska is a member ofThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In September 1991, a few days later Declaration of independence of Ukraine from the Soviet UnionJoinedUkrainian Meteorological Institute, where he now heads the Laboratory of Applied Climatology. In the late ’90s, it was One of the first Ukrainian women to travel to Antarctica on a scientific expedition. Krakowska was in the final stages of approving the IPPC’s latest major assessment of the impacts of climate change when the Russian invasion made it impossible for it to continue its work. In a BBC interview via Zoom from her Kyiv apartment, the woman said that War is ‘closing the window of opportunity’ for the world to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

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