Chairperson, Committee on Science and Education, Parliament of Ukraine

Liliia Hrynevych is Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Science and Education.

Liliia has two degrees: a biochemist-teacher and an economist manager. Candidate (PhD) of Pedagogical Sciences.

She worked as a teacher, Deputy Director and Director of the school, Lecturer at the universities, Head of the Education and Science Department of the Kyiv City State Administration, was trained at the Warsaw University and Columbia University. Liliia has been engaging in research activities at the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences.

She worked at the creation of the system of the external independent testing in Ukraine and was the first Director of the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment.

Liliia has been a Member of Parliament since 2012. As the Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Science and Education has been the initiator of the systemic educational reform in Ukraine. For instance, in 2014 the new Law "On Higher Education" has been adopted. Liliia is in charge of the preparation of the draft laws “On Education” and “On Science and Technology”.



17:00-18:30 5 NOVEMBER

Enabling Power of Science in Ukraine

Ukraine has a strong reseach legacy. At present 999 organisations, including 178  institutions of the National Academy of Science operate in the sector. They employ 123 thousand reseachers. However, due to the military conflict in the Eastern Ukraine and difficult economic situation, state and private funding of science is exremely limited.

Nowadays, science in Ukraine is one of the top priority areas where concerns and ambitions for the Committee on Science and Education of the Parliament of Ukraine lie. Since the early 90s reseach has been regulated by the Law on Science, Technology and Innovations,  predominantly oriented at the former Soviet science mode. Ukraine – EU Association drives the design of appropriate mechanisms for integration into the European Research Area.

Ukraine needs to syncronise the priorities of the economic development and reseach to meet the challeges of the present day.

The Parliament is taking steps to reform the area. A new draft law On Science and Technology is in production. The discussions of the document have brought together national policy- and decision-makers, scientists, media and civil society experts.

The draft law sets the principles of fair competition in research, enhanced mobility opportunities  and information exchange. The draft law introduces the National Board on Science and Technology to reconcile reseach and economic development through envisioning, outlining and setting priorities of innovation for development. The draft provides for transparent grant allocation through the National Reseach Fund.

According to the results of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, Ukraine is among the top ten collaborating countries. In September 2015, Ukraine became an Associate member of FP8 HORIZON 2020. The country targets at the collaboration with the European Union and participation of the Ukrainian scientists in international research programs.