The EAGE Board unanimously expresses our shock and dismay at the ongoing Russian military invasion of Ukraine and offer our support to the millions of people affected, in particular the geoscience community and our Local Chapter in Kyiv.
We believe that scientific endeavour should in principle transcend politics. In that respect EAGE’s mission is to promote a truly international forum for the sharing of geoscience and engineering knowledge in all its activities. We are active in over 100 countries worldwide, guided by a policy of respectful cooperation.
However, we have to draw the line at these hostilities and make clear that the Association deplores this act of war and the disastrous human consequences. We therefore condemn the Russian attack on Ukraine to the utmost, and support action to stop further escalation of the violence and all efforts to find a peaceful solution.
In addition to complying with all sanctions mandated by the EU, the EAGE is taking immediate steps to suspend its commercial relationship with Russian entities and the organization of international events in the name of the EAGE in the Russian Federation.
We understand that individual scientists in Russia may have no role in the current sequence of events; therefore, we continue supporting and servicing Russian members as individuals and as part of the scientific community.
Our urgent wish is that the conflict is brought to a rapid conclusion without further unnecessary bloodshed and destruction. In the meantime we must stand firm with the international community in our condemnation of this senseless armed aggression.