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    I. WEMov in an edition of International Science Council

    February, 2024 International Science Council published an edition “Protecting Science in Times of Crisis”.

    In the process of writing the part of this edition dedicated to Russian invasion of Ukraine (2022–present) an interview with WEMovmember Igor Lyman (Berdyansk State Pedagogical University, Ukraine) was recorded in the fall of 2022. The Ukrainian professor spoke, in particular, about WEMov project: 

    Igor Lyman received an outpouring of support from colleagues at the COST Action: Women on the Move project, a multilateral effort involving more than 52 countries and transdisciplinary researchers. According to Lyman, institutional guidelines and coordinated decision-making within the organization allowed COST Action to offer concrete support in the form of grants, temporary placements, accommodation and more”.

    The International Science Council works at the global level to catalyse change by convening scientific expertise, advice and influence on issues of major importance to both science and society. The ISC is a non-governmental organization with a unique global membership that brings together more than 245 international scientific unions and associations, national and regional scientific organizations including academies and research councils, international federations and societies, and young academies and associations.

    II. Erasmus Agreements

    Erasmus agreements and international cooperation endeavours have developed all through the lifetime of the COST Action, starting with the University of Pori, Finland (Pirita Frigen) and Grant Holder University of Amiens (Marie Ruiz) in 2021. Chair Marie Ruiz, then established partnerships and engaged in BIPs with many WEMov members: Marco Love (Slovenia) in 2022, Nina Drejerska (Poland) and Joana Topa (Portugal) in 2023 and recently Vice-Chair Stellamarina Donato (Italy) and Lela Goginova (Georgia) in 2024. More to come with exciting BIPs on Women on the Move with the Grant Holder, university of Amiens, France.

    Institutions represented by WG2 members Fiona Bakas (Lusofona University) and Maria Amor Barros del Rio (Burgos University) have signed an IIA Erasmus agreement which ensures the sustainability of the networking connection made via their participation in WEMov. At the end of April, 2024, the first professor from Burgos University is visiting Lusofona University to mark the beginning of what we hope will be a fruitful long-lasting collaboration.