A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 133 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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Nature-Like Technologies: The Foundation of the New Industrial Revolution

NRC “Kurchatov Institute” President Mikhail Kovalchuk spoke about the strategic importance of nature-like technologies as the foundation of the new industrial revolution during a speech at the GMIS 2019 on 9 July.

Kovalchuk noted that “a way to consume resources was obtained after the invention of the steam engine.” The globalization process that has taken hold has led to “overconsumption” and has activated “a machine for the destruction of natural resources,” which will not last forever. For example, experts say that over the past 50 years the world’s population has consumed more oxygen than in the previous millennia.

The introduction of fundamentally new nature-like technologies that do not cause damage to the outside world offers a real solution to the problem of resource conservation, Kovalchuk said. “On the one hand, by copying nature, nature-like technologies offer unlimited prospects to mankind in terms of the quality of life and improved health and longevity. On the other hand, though, they allow for interfering in human activity,” he said. In order to minimize these challenges, international norms need to be drafted to develop new technologies, he said.

Developing nature-like technologies is one of the key focuses of the work of the NRC “Kurchatov Institute.” Kovalchuk said the creation of fundamentally new technologies and systems that reproduce the principles of living nature will enable humanity to transition to more economical and safe principles of natural resource consumption.

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