A new association
It is well known that when science and education are financed by less than 1% of the GNP, this means that science and education are falling to abyss. The future of any nation is determined by the level of health protection - this is preservation of the national genofund - and by the level of science and education - this is the preservation of the national intelligence. Both of them are degrading in Ukraine, so the future of Ukraine as a state with the well-developed economy where Ukrainians play the role of masters and not servants is very black. And, as always, when a grief comes to a family, the burden of responsibility is taken by a woman.
That is why the initiative group of women working in science and education in Kharkiv, Kyiv, Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporozhye and Lutsk held the statutory meeting of the Ukrainian Association Women In Science and Education (WISE). The conference was held on 6 November 1999 in Kharkiv, in the V. N. Karazin National University. More than 120 persons were present at the conference from most oblasts of Ukraine. N. D. Gernet was elected the WISE president, she is a senior research worker of the Kharkiv University. I. I. Kovtun, an assistant professor from Kyiv Agricultural Academy was elected the vice-president.
The statutory goal of the WISE association is promoting the scientific and creative potential of its members in the sphere of scientific research and education. That is why we invite all who are interested in the development of our science and education. The WISE association focuses its attention on the preparation of young scientists as personalities who will try to use their professionalism to develop science and education in Ukraine. The WISE association will also support the legal enlightenment of its members and protect their civil rights. In the questions which are within the competence, the association will interact with state and public organizations both in Ukraine and abroad.
We will willingly accept any propositions of joint work from similar organizations.
Our address is: Ukrainian Association Women In Science and Education, Kharkiv V. N. Karazin National University, 4 Svobody Square, Kharkiv, 61077, Ukraine; tel.: (0572) 457-517;