UK and Ukraine collaborate on digital research project


The University of Liverpool is collaborating with Sumy State University (SumDU) in Ukraine on a £197,000 digital and digitisation research project.

The project aims to help develop a long-term research partnership across digital economics, renewable energy, digital infrastructure, and digital transformation.

The five-month scheme will support visiting and remote scholarships, knowledge exchange activities, and training programmes.

Funding has come from the UK-Ukraine R&I twinning grant scheme. Multiple Liverpool University departments are involved, including digital innovation, virtual engineering, and digital engineering and autonomous systems.

Professor Igor Potapov from the university’s computer science department is leading the project.

He said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding to support our collaboration with Sumy State University in the area of digitalisation and digital transformation.

Strengthening connections

“Our connection began last year through online discussions with the Ukrainian researchers from SumDU and now we can help by supporting joint projects, knowledge transfer and providing some equipment.

“Through this new programme we will be able to strengthen and deepen our relationship and develop specific research links in the area of digitalisation that address the research and innovation needs of both ourselves and of researchers at SumDU.”

Potapov has also been involved in the research twinning conference organised by the Science for Ukraine group that took place this week. This supported UK and Ukrainian academic collaboration.

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