UKRAINETT was successfully launched on September 7 with a breakfast seminar at Pressens hus in Oslo.
Aadne Aasland, researcher at NIBR, Oslomet and leader of UKRAINETT gave a short welcome speech about the idea behind the network. Introductions were then held by State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Eivind Vad Petersson and Сhargé d’affaires of Ukraine in Norway Dr. Lilia Honcharevych, who both expressed their support for the initiative.
Yuri Andrukhovych, author of the novel Moskoviada, this autumn published in Norwegian translation, discussed the role of Ukrainian literature and language in the current situation before four UKRAINETT members engaged in a debate on the needs for knowledge about Ukraine led by UKRAINETT member Martin Paulsen from the University of Bergen.
After the launch the number of members has grown steadily and UKRAINETT as of now consist of 61 researchers and experts based at institutions in different parts of Norway.