March 23rd, 2022

Open Letter of European Academic Community Supporting an Embargo on Fossil Fuels from the Russian Federation

We, European scientists, in the face of the brutal aggression of Vladimir Putin against an independent country of Ukraine, appeal to the authorities of the European Union to immediately impose an embargo on imports of coal, oil and natural gas from the Russian Federation.

Aware of economic and social consequences of imposing such an embargo on hydrocarbons, we still think they do not constitute a sufficiently legitimate justification for the current passive tolerance of the violence towards thousands of innocent victims and millions of refugees displaced by this war. It is our moral duty to Ukraine, and to ourselves as Europeans who believe in freedom and democracy, to sever all the economic ties with the aggressor until Ukrainians can again live peacefully in their free country.

Maintaining and paying authoritarian Russia for deliveries of coal, oil and gas is a political mistake. It gives to Putin the money he needs to prolong his war, which is unprecedented in Europe since World War II and poses a threat to the European Union and to global security. Therefore, we appeal for an immediate embargo on Russian fossil fuels.

As scientists, we declare a commitment to focused and intense scientific activities in our fields in order to alleviate the adverse economic effects of a sharp reduction in imports of hydrocarbons from imperialist Russia. Today, after decades of scientific research into climate change and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, we are ready to take that step more than ever before. New methods of energy saving, diversification, storing and clean energy generation, developed in many European scientific institutions to meet the goals of the Green Deal 2050 strategy are ready. These efforts can and should be intensified, and the amount of investment into green energy needs to be increased.

During the Covid-19 pandemic we saw the power of collective international community. Our free societies endured the restrictions while the authorities of the European Union and its member countries, together with scientists and industry took joint action aimed at unprecedentedly swift invention, production and distribution of covid tests and a variety of a vaccines, thus saving millions of human lives. We can do that again.

Today, witnessing Vladimir Putin’s war crimes, European nations are ready to take difficult decisions. Let us take that momentous occasion and make that decision for the good of the Ukrainian nation, for the good of the free democratic world and for the good of our planet.

To sign this letter please send your name, title, position and name of your institution to Please include “I wish to sign the Open Letter for Ukraine” in the subject line.

Signatories affilated in Europe:

  1. Anne Abeillé, Professor, Université Paris Cité
  2. Alberto Alemanno, Professor, HEC - Paris & Director and co-Founder, The Good Lobby
  3. Stefan Ambec, Professor, Toulouse School of Economics & INRAE
  4. Monika Arczyńska, Ph.D., Adjunct professor, Gdańsk University of Technology
  5. Piotr Balcerowicz, Professor, University of Warsaw
  6. Karol Bandurski Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Poznan University of Technology
  7. Iuliia Barshadska, Dr. des., Consultant, Haus des Stiftens gGmbH
  8. Jens Bastian, Ph.D., Independent Financial Sector Analyst & Economic Consultant, Athens
  9. Ulrich Berger, Professor of Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  10. Ewa Bichta, Ph.D. Candidate, Univeristy of Warsaw & Junior researcher, Warsaw University of Technology
  11. Florian Bieber, Professor, Jean Monnet Chair, Center for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz
  12. Uilleam Blacker, Dr., Associate Professor in Comparative East European Culture, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL
  13. Anna Bogdan, Ph.D. D.Sc., Associate Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  14. Igor Bogoslavskyi, Dr., guest lecturer, University of Bonn
  15. Eric Brousseau, Professor of Economics and Management, Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL
  16. Karsten Brüggemann, Prof. Dr., School of Humanities, Tallinn University
  17. Wojciech Bujalski, Ph.D. D.Sc., Associate Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  18. Mihai Bujanca; Research Assistant; School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester
  19. Lieven Buysse, Professor, Campus Dean Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven
  20. Jerzy Chojnacki, Ph.D. Sc.Eng., Koszalin University of Technology
  21. Edward Hunter Christie, Senior Research Fellow, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
  22. Cristiana Croitoru, Ph.D. Habil., Associate Professor, Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest
  23. Marek Czyński, Ph.D. D.Sc., Associate Professor, West Pomeranien Uniwesity of Technology in Szczecin
  24. Franziska Davies, Ph.D., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  25. Jens Dietrichson, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, VIVE - The Danish Center for Social Science Research
  26. Andrea Ferrero, Professor of Economics, University of Oxford
  27. Andrea I. Frank, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Birmingham
  28. Kai Gehring, Dr., Professor for Political Economy and Sustainable Development, Department of Economics & Wyss Academy at the University of Bern
  29. Gerard Govers, Prof. Dr., Vice rector Science, Engineering and Technolog, KU Leuven
  30. Ellen Greaves, Dr., Research Associate, University of Bristol
  31. Sven Jaros, Ph.D., IOS Regensburg
  32. Artur Jerzy Filip, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  33. Angelos Ginannakopoulos, DAAD-Professor, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy & Visiting Professor, University of Düsseldorf
  34. Josip Glaurdić, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Luxembourg
  35. Piotr Gołębiowski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  36. Nick Hacking, Ph.D, School of Social Sciences Cardiff University
  37. Beata Halicka, dr hab., Prof. UAM, Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan
  38. Tomáš Halík. Prof. PhDr., Th.D., dr.h.c., Charles University Prague
  39. Olexiy Haran, Prof. Dr., Kyiv Mohyla Academy
  40. Krzysztof Herner, Chief specialist for digitization, Coal Mining Museum in Zabrze
  41. Jaap Hogeling, P.Eng., M.Sc., ASHRAE Director-At-Large, Editor-in-Chief of the REHVA-Journal
  42. Mieste Hotopp-Riecke, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Caucasica-, Tatarica- und Turkestan-Studies, Magdeburg
  43. Marc Ivaldi, Professor of Economics, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales - Toulouse School of Economics
  44. Asen Ivanov, Dr, Reader in Economics, Queen Mary University of London
  45. Oleksandra Ivashchenko, Ph.D., Medical Physicist, Leiden University Medical Center
  46. Artur Karczewski, Ph.D., Adiunkt, Gdańsk University of Technology
  47. Oleksandra Keudel, Ph.D., Kyiv School of Economics
  48. Diane P. Koenker, Professor of Russian and Soviet History, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
  49. Karol Jan Kowalski, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  50. Marta Jenkala, Associate Professor, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
  51. Alex Krouglov, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University College London
  52. Markus Krzoska, Dr. hab., Privatdozent, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen
  53. Konrad Kucza-Kuczyński, Prof. Ph.D. D.Sc., Professor Emeritus, Warsaw University of Technology
  54. Jarek Kurnitski, Prof. Dr. Eng., Professor, Tallinn University of Technology
  55. Detlef Kurth, Prof. Dr.-Ing., Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
  56. Taras Kuzio, Professor, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy
  57. Kwieciński Krystian, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  58. Håkan Lane, Research Group Scientific Methods, Brandenburg Medical School
  59. Viktoriia Lapa, Lecturer, Bocconi University, Milan & Assistant Professor of Law, Alfred Nobel University, Dnipro
  60. Annika Lindskog, Senior lecturer in Economics, School of Economics, Business and Law, University of Gothenburg
  61. Agnieszka Machowska, Ph.D. D.Sc., Assistant Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  62. Myroslav Marynovych, Vice-Rector for University Mission, Ukrainian Cathoilic University (Lviv)
  63. Michał Marzantowicz, Ph.D. D.Sc., Associate Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  64. Ora Matushansky, Dr. habil., Research director, French National Centre for Scientific Research
  65. Olaf Mertelsmann, Prof. Dr., University of Tartu
  66. Christian Methfessel, Ph.D., Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (München - Berlin)
  67. Caroline Mezger, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
  68. Hanna Michalak, Prof. Ph.D. D.Sc., Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  69. Izabela Mironowicz, Professor, Gdańsk University of Technology
  70. Michal Mochtak, Ph.D., Visiting Researcher, University of Luxembourg
  71. Katarzyna Modrzejewska, Ph.D., Warsaw University of Technology
  72. Peter Münch, Prof, Dr. iur., ZHAW School of Management and Law, Winterthur
  73. Ivan M. Myhul, Ph.D., Professor, Ukrainian Free University, Munich
  74. Monika Neff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  75. Michael Neuman, Professor, University of Westminster
  76. Lucyna Nyka, Professor, Gdańsk University of Technology
  77. Mirosław Orzechowski, Ph.D. D.Sc., Associate Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  78. Karolina Ostrowska-Wawryniuk, Ph.D. Candidate, Warsaw University of Technology
  79. Didier Paris, Professor, University of Lille
  80. Illia Pasichnichenko, Ph.D., Research Fellow, University of Bristol
  81. Lex Paulson, Lecturer in Advocacy and Human Rights, Sciences Po-Paris
  82. Paweł Pedrycz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  83. Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Jacques Delors Energy Centre
  84. Andreas Petersen, Ph.D., Lecturer, FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
  85. Hans-Christian Petersen, Prof. Dr., Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  86. Łukasz Piątek, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  87. Paweł Popielski, Ph.D. D.Sc., Associate Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  88. Richard Portes, Professor of Economics, London Business School
  89. Karol Prałat, Ph.D. D.Sc., Associate Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  90. Agnes Psikuta, Ph.D., Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
  91. Paula Quinon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  92. Oliver Reisner, Professor, Ilia State University Tbilisi
  93. Mykola Riabchuk, the Honorary President of Ukrainian PEN Center & Senior Research Fellow, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  94. Neil Robinson, Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick
  95. Christopher Roth, Professor of Economics and Management, University of Cologne
  96. Roman Ruczyński, Ph.D., Gdańsk University of Technology
  97. Per Anders Rudling, Associate Profossor, Lund University
  98. Sabine Rutar, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief/Senior Researcher, Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg
  99. Yuliya von Saal, Ph.D., Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (München - Berlin)
  100. Santiago Sanchez-Pages, Dr, Reader in Economics, King’s College London
  101. Robert Sekret, Prof. Dr. Eng., Professor, Czestochowa University of Technology
  102. Nikola Schmidt, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations, Prague
  103. Jan Schnellenbach, Professor, Brandenburg University of Technology
  104. Robert Skrzypczyński, Ph.D. Candidate, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology
  105. Melissa Sterry, Ph.D., Director, Bioratorium, United Kingdom
  106. Cyrill Stachniss, Prof. Dr., University of Bonn, Germany
  107. Krystyna Solarek, Prof. Ph.D. D.Sc., Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  108. Marco Spampinato, Research fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Pisa
  109. Dzmitry Suslau, Dr, Lecturer, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
  110. Rafał Świercz, Ph.D. D.Sc., Associate Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  111. Konrad Świrski, Prof. Ph.D. D.Sc., Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  112. Maxim Tatarchenko, Ph.D., Research scientist, Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence
  113. Stefan Troebst, Prof. em. Dr., Leipzig University
  114. Hubert Trammer, member of the High Level Roundtable of the New European Bauhaus
  115. Joanna Tyrowicz, prof. dr hab., University of Warsaw
  116. Sergey Tyulenev, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Durham
  117. Bohdan Vitvitsky, Ph.D., J.D., independent scholar
  118. Andreas Wagner, Prof. Dipl.-Ing., Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  119. Janusz Walo, Ph.D. D.Sc., Associate Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  120. Rainer Wedde, Prof. Dr., Wiesbaden Business School Hochschule RheinMain
  121. Przemysław Wielowiejski, Ph.D., Copernicus Science Centre
  122. Leszek Wiśniewski, Ph.D. Candidate, Warsaw University of Technology
  123. Anna Wierzbicka, Ph.D. D.Sc., Associate Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  124. Martina Winkler, Prof. Ph. D., Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  125. Thomas Wortmann, Tenure-Track Professor, University of Stuttgart
  126. Alexander Wöll, Professor, University of Potsdam
  127. Kinga Zinowiec-Cieplik Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  128. Jolanta Żak, Ph.D. D.Sc., Associate Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  129. Magdalena Żmudzińska-Nowak, Ph.D. DSc., Professor, Silesian University of Technology

Signatories affiliated outside Europe:

  1. Denise de Alcantara Pereira, Associate Professor, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro
  2. David Amborski, Professor, Ryerson University
  3. Eduard Baidaus, Ph.D., HREC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta
  4. Jars Balan, Director, Kule Ukrainian Canadian Studies Centre, University of Alberta
  5. Omer Bartov, John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor, Brown University
  6. Fabian Baumann, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Chicago
  7. Dirk Bergemann, Douglass and Marion Campbell Professor of Economics, Yale University, New Haven
  8. Olga Bertelsen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Tiffin University
  9. Larysa Bilous, Ph.D., University of Alberta
  10. Patrick A. Burr, Dr., Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering, The University of New South Wales
  11. Walter Clemens, Dr., Associate, Harvard University & Professor Emeritus, Boston University
  12. John Connelly, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
  13. Elizabeth C. English, Ph.D., Professor, University of Waterloo
  14. Bohdan Hawryluk, Adj. Faculty Adjunct, New York University
  15. Michael P. Hrycak, J.D., Adj. Professor, Union County College, Cranford, New Jersey
  16. Elizabeth Hull, Professor, Rutgers University, New Jersey
  17. Margaret Ikeda, Associate Professor of Architecture, California College of the Arts
  18. Roger E. Kanet, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Miami & University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  19. Juozas A. Kazlas, Ph.D., Political Analyst, New York
  20. Bohdan Klid, Research Associate, University of Alberta
  21. Olha Klymenko, Research Associate, University of Alberta
  22. Askold Lozynskyj, President Ukrainian Free University Foundation
  23. David R. Marples, Distinguished University Professor, University of Alberta
  24. Changho Moon, Professor Emeritus, Kunsan National University
  25. Alexander J. Motyl, Professor, Rutgers University-Newark
  26. Nasir Muhammad, Ph.D. Candidate, Florida International University, Miami
  27. Jan Musekamp, DAAD Visiting Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  28. Richard Parker, Prof., Senior Fellow and Lecturer, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  29. Łukasz Rachel, Ph.D., Princeton University
  30. Dani Rodrik, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
  31. Steven Seegel, Professor, University of Texas at Austin
  32. Marko R. Stech, Director of CIUS Press and Scholarly Publications, University of Alberta
  33. Frank E. Sysyn, Ph.D., Director of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research, University of Alberta
  34. Yuriy Tarnawsky, Ph.D., Asst. Adj. Professor, Ret., Columbia University
  35. Madhu Thangavelu, Lecturer, University of Southern California
  36. Steven J. Zipperstein, Professor, Stanford University

Non-academic Supporters:

  1. Alexander Gendler, Chicago Jewish Cafe
  2. Rebecca Harms, former MEP, Energy and Climate Expert, Germany
  3. Oleksandra Matviichuk, human rights defender, head of Center for Civil Liberties, Kyiv