The Institute of Physics provides financial support to Ukrainian physicists

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Announcement comes as UK IT institute urges companies to consider Ukrainian tech consultants

The UK Institute of Physics has announced up to £200,000 in grants for professional physicists affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Half of the funding will be provided by the learned society and professional body, with the remainder coming from the Physics Benevolent Fund, an independent charity that supports IOP members.

The IOP also gives those affiliated with Ukrainian institutions free access to all the scientific research it publishes, and it waives article processing fees for authors based in Ukraine so that they can publish freely in open access in one of his magazines.

Additionally, the IOP said it has ceased all new product sales and marketing to Russian and Belarusian institutions and suspended ordering new content from institutions and conferences in those countries.

“We are monitoring our relations with all Russian/Belarusian institutions while closely monitoring the situation,” the IOP said in a statement.

“We continue to hope for a speedy resolution of the crisis and an end to its devastating effects on the Ukrainian people.”

IT contracts

Meanwhile, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in conjunction with the IT Ukraine Association, is calling on organizations around the world to give “serious consideration” to technology consultants in the country when bidding for contracts.

“Having spoken directly to our Ukrainian counterparts – the message they asked us to convey to all our members, their businesses and their contacts is clear – Ukraine is open for business and what the country needs are investments,” said Rob Deri, the institute’s chief executive.

“Continuing to work with them on IT projects, as well as offering them new contracts, will help them rebuild their economy and ultimately the lives of people who have been so negatively affected by the war.

“BCS aims to make computing good for society and our members will do whatever they can to support these goals.”

He added that the institute also offers practical help by “opening up our networks, expertise and facilities to all Ukrainian technologists”.

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