IFAC Executive Officers Statement about the war in Ukraine

A war, initiated by the Russian Federation, is taking place in Ukraine. The consequences of this war in terms of death, destruction and displacement of population are devastating and will have a detrimental impact for a long time in Ukraine and also worldwide.  

The International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) aims to promote automatic control for the benefit of humankind. According to its mission and values of honesty and integrity, IFAC condemns this aggression and deplores its consequences.

The IFAC Executive Officers have decided on the following measures, which will be maintained as long as the military conflict is active.

- Support to Ukrainian colleagues:
  • The affiliates of IFAC are invited to provide as much support as needed to those Ukrainian colleagues and students that may ask for help in their professional and educational activities. Ukrainian colleagues are invited to contact the IFAC Secretariat that will establish links with IFAC affiliates who could provide help and support.
  • The organizers of IFAC Conferences are invited to offer free registration to Ukrainian colleagues. If they seek compensation for the missed income they are invited to approach the IFAC Secretariat.
  • IFAC waives the 2022 IFAC fees from the Ukrainian NMO and considers the possibility of financial support to Ukrainian scientific organizations.
- Suspended cooperation with Russian governmental organizations:
  • IFAC shall not organize any Conference in the Russian Federation or support any event led under the name of Russian organizations.
  • This is by no means an action against individuals. Russian colleagues and students are welcome to participate in IFAC activities and IFAC shall be attentive to requests from those who may be facing difficulties related to the ongoing conflict.

IFAC Executive Officers: Hajime Asama (IFAC President), Frank Allgöwer, Dong-il Cho, John Lygeros, Dimitri Peaucelle, Carlos E. Pereira, Maria Prandini, Sarah K. Spurgeon.