A joint meeting ("On the role of science in socio-economic development and the formation of a single scientific and technological space of the Union State") of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences was held in Moscow on 18 June. The meeting was attended by Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, and Grigory Rapota, State Secretary of the Union State. The President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev and the Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Vladimir Gusakov addressed the audience with the opening remarks. The meeting reviewed and approved the most important results of the RAS and the NAS of Belarus in 2018, promising Union State draft programs and joint activities of the RAS and the NAS of Belarus for 2019-2020.
Special attention was given to scientific support for strategic areas of the spatial, territorial and socio-economic development of Russia and Belarus for a long-term period, as well as the participation of scientific organizations of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus in the Union State programs.
As noted, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus are actively engaged in joint projects in the priority areas of scientific and technical cooperation under the Union State: capacity building in the field of space research, information and space technologies; creation of high-performance systems and data processing technologies for various economic sectors; nanomaterials and nanotechnology; genetic engineering and biotechnology. Belarusian and Russian scientists were implementing three Union State programs in 2018: "Research and development of high-performance information and computing technologies for increasing and effective use of the resource potential of the hydrocarbon raw materials of the Union State" (Skif-Nedra) (2015-2018), "Development of innovative gene geographic and genomic technologies for identifying personal and individual characteristics of a person on the basis of studying the gene pools of the regions of the Union State" (DNA Identification) (2017-2021), "Development of integrated technologies for creating materials, devices and key elements of space assets and promising products for other industries" (SG Technology) (2016-2020). The RAS and the NAS of Belarus are currently working on two promising Union State programs: "Development of promising basic technological processes for obtaining functional materials, structures, components and modules for high-performance photonics products in the Union State" (F Component) and "Assessment and ways to prevent the risks of crisis situations in forests during forestry intensification" (Forest intensification).
The joint meeting also included the reports of the laureates of the Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus in 2018 for outstanding scientific achievements received during joint research. The scientific elite of the two countries discussed the draft Agreement on scientific and technical cooperation between the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, work of the scientific councils of the International Association of Academies of Sciences, the work plan of the subcommittee on basic and exploratory research of the Commission on the formation of a single scientific and technological space of the Union State, and other issues.
Photos byScientific Russia