On 27 February 2003, intellectuals from all regions of Ukraine gathered for the first Ukrainian Intellectual Forum convened by the Foundation. The event took place at the Kyiv National Opera.

In the following years, the Forum meetings were held many times in different cities across Ukraine.

The goal of the Forum was to unite joint efforts of the society to increase the intellectual potential of Ukraine, establish and promote  democratic values, as well as  rise of culture, science, and education in Ukraine.

The Forum was supported by the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the Union of Rectors of Higher Educational Institutions of Ukraine.  

The co-organizers of the Forum were: National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine, National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine, the National Writers’ Union of Ukraine, the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, the National Union of Composers of Ukraine, the National Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine, the National Union of Theater Workers of Ukraine, the National Union of Folk Art Masters of Ukraine, the National Union of Architects of Ukraine, the National Union of Local Historians of Ukraine, Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Taras Shevchenko All-Ukrainian “Prosvita” Society, the Shevchenko Scientific Society, the Aerospace Society of Ukraine, the Association of School Leaders of Ukraine, the All-Ukrainian Intellectual Property Association, the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations, Guild of Playwrights of Ukraine, the Congress of the Ukrainian Intelligentsia, the International Association of Ukrainists, the Council of National and Cultural Societies of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Women’s Union, Union of Scientific and Engineering Associations of Ukraine.

Almost 1,200 representatives of the scientific, industrial, medical, educational, artistic elite, religious leaders, students, youth, laureates of the Vernadsky Prize established by the Foundation, foundation fellows, and young Ukraine intellectuals, winners of all-Ukrainian creative contests organized by the Foundation, university students, presidential prize fellows and personal prize  fellows of the Foundation, gathered to discuss current topical issues of consolidation of the intellectuals, the formation of an effective intellectual society. 


Borys Paton, President of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 

Bogdan Gubsky 

Yuriy Pakhomov, academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and then director of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine 

Borys Oliynyk, Academician-Poet 

Nina Matvienko. Famous folk singer, Hero of Ukraine 

Sergii Krymskyi Doctor of Philosophy, Professor 

Volodymyr Koziavkin Professor, Director of the well-known in Europe Institute of Medical Rehabilitation in the resort town of Truskavets, Lviv region, Hero of Ukraine, 

Volodymyr Didkivskyi, Director of the private agricultural firm “Yerchyky” in Zhytomyr region, Hero of Ukraine. 

Oleksandr Rybak, student of the National University Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, winner of the international student mathematics contest in Great Britain.

The participants of the Intellectual Forum of Ukraine addressed the President, the Parliament, and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with their collective appeal “Intelligence of the nation to serve society” highlighting the importance of the cooperation between local government offices and the intellectual elite. “Combining the efforts of the intellectual elite and the authorities will empower this process with new progressive force and dynamism, support creative energy in all spheres: social, economic, political, spiritual, and consolidate the society.”

From July 2003 through August 2004, the Foundation held meetings in the cities of Yalta (July 2003), Kherson (December 2003), Cherkasy (February 2004), Odesa (March 2004), Poltava (April 2004), Dnipro (April 2004), Ternopil (June 2004), Ivano-Frankivsk (June 2004), and other cities.

Інтелект у лещатах українських реалій“. “Сільські вісті”, № 40, 4 квітня 2003 р.