The Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) condemns, in the strongest terms, the military invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, and deplores the resulting loss of life and humanitarian impact, as well as the involvement of Belarus in this unlawful use of force against Ukraine.
We urge all HUPO members to offer opportunities for support, scientific research and collaboration to Ukrainian scientists, whether abroad, displaced or under threat in their home country, and recommend highlighting these opportunities through HUPO channels as well as portals like https://scienceforukraine.eu/.
In show of support, at the 2022 HUPO Annual World Congress in Cancun, Mexico, HUPO is offering membership, travel and attendance awards for students and all levels of proteomic scientists from Ukraine. These awards will provide opportunities for attending the education sessions, networking and developing professional relationships within the proteomics community despite the challenging status in their home country.
As a global scientific organisation, HUPO supports the principles of the universality of science (https://council.science/5-universality-of-science). It is therefore key to note that our colleagues in Russia will maintain their individual positions and roles within HUPO, and will continue to have, as individuals, full access to all HUPO information and activities. Indeed, as a scientific organisation, with engagement, inclusivity, and transparency at our core, we do not condone any actions by anyone against any individuals simply because of their country of origin or residence.