Restoring Ukraine’s public science infrastructure will cost over $1 billion: UNESCO

The cost to rebuild the scientific infrastructure destroyed during the first two years of Russia’s war with Ukraine will cost more than an estimated $1 billion, UNESCO reported Monday.

UNESCO reported that 1,443 buildings and labs owned by 177 universities and organizations have been demolished or damaged by the war, and 750 parts of equipment used in a wide range of research activities were damaged, many beyond repair. The cost to restore the essential equipment is $45.9 million.

An analysis of the effects on the country revealed that an estimated $1.26 billion is needed to help the scientific institutions recover. That includes $980 million allocated toward universities that conduct 52% of public research.

“As the situation becomes more and more critical for the scientific community, we must
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