ESMRMB Statement on the war in Ukraine
The European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB) as an apolitical Society dedicated to scientific exchange condemns the recent military actions taken by the Russian Federation and Belarus against Ukraine. The invasion of a free and independent neighbouring country represents a blatant act of aggression and attack against the fundamental ideas of freedom and democracy. As a European scientific Society, we are committed to fostering the understanding, enriching collaboration and cultural exchange between scientists from countries throughout the European continent, including Russia and Ukraine. With this as part of our core values as scientific community, we are deeply saddened and concerned by this war, the targeted attacks on even healthcare facilities and universities, and the humanitarian suffering that is unfolding in front of our eyes.
Our thoughts and solidarity are with the people of Ukraine, and the members of our Society whose relatives, colleagues or friends are directly or indirectly impacted by these awful events. We sympathise in these difficult times also with our Russian and Belarusian members and colleagues who are equally appalled and horrified as we are.
Every one of us is encouraged to use whatever little is in our powers to bring an end to this devastating war and suffering; urge our governments to stand up against this aggression, show kindness and support to anyone affected by this crisis, and to move closer together as one community that stands for the values of freedom and democracy.
Prof. Ben Poser, ESMRMB President
Prof. Eva Scheurer, ESMRMB Past President