Conflict in Ukraine leaves scientific collaboration into chaos

(MENAFN) The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has been greatly impacted by the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, with some scientists refusing to co-author articles with Russian experts, according to a story published on Sunday by The Guardian. The problem has already caused a sharp decline in publications, and it is anticipated that it is going to continue to cause difficulties for researchers, PhD candidates, and postdocs in the future.

According to the publication, which cited sources inside the organization, before the crisis, Russian institutions and individuals participated in about 7 percent of CERN's cooperation. Since the conflict between Moscow and Kiev broke out last February, a hostile attitude towards Russians has been exhibited by many European scientists, Fedor Ratnikov, a Russian physicist who used to work at the LHC before 2016, has declared.

Ratnikov disclosed to the media, “we have Ukrainian collaborators for whom this question is naturally extremely painful. [But] most of my Ukrainian colleagues do not extend responsibility for the invasion to their colleagues from Russian institutes. I would say that some of my EU colleagues are much more radical.”


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