On 26 May 2017, a joint meeting of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences was held. Valery V. Kozlov, RAS Acting President, Academician, headed a representative delegation of the RAS leadership.
A number of important issues, in particular, those concearning the activities of the RAS and the NAS of Belarus, the participation of the institutes in the programs of the Union State, and the cooperation between the Academies, was considered at the joint meeting. Particular attention was paid to Russia and Belarus cooperation in the exploration of the Earth from space which aims at solving many fundamental and applied problems, the work of the Inter-Academy Council on problems of the Union State development, and the mainstreaming of the plan of collaborative activities of the RAS and the NAS of Belarus for 2017-2020.
Vladimir Gusakov, Chairman of the NASB Presidium, noted that the NAS of Belarus and the RAS had a long-term interaction on the widest range of directions, the development and production of pharmaceutical products, nanomaterials, and developments in the space sector being among them. Mikhail Paltsev, Chief Academic Secretary of the RAS Presidium, emphasized great prospects in the interaction between the Academies in the field of medicine and agriculture. The RAS Acting President Valery V. Kozlov mentioned remote sensing of the Earth as one of the most important areas of cooperation.
Zhores I. Alferov, RAS Vice-President, a Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, a Nobel Prize winner, RAS Academician and a Foreign Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, addressed a video message to the joint meeting of the NASB and RAS Presidiums. At the meeting, Vladimir A. Labunov, Doctor of Technical Sciences, was awarded the Diploma of a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.