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International Cooperation in Science and Technology: Breakthrough Projects with Asia-Pacific Countries
5 September 2019
13:45—15:15
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Developing technologies and building on the R&D cooperation is Russia’s key objective

Over the past 25–30 years, we have missed a lot in terms of creating a new scientific and technical groundwork in many areas. And now the partners we have on the Pacific coast (China, Japan, Korea, Singapore), they have long been heading towards scientific and technological progress. They are rushing forward. <...> It is very important for us to backdoor our way into this — Alexander Sergeev, President, Russian Academy of Sciences.

We are a nuclear power, and it is a terrible shame to buy radionuclides. <...> For instance, having developed the yttrium-90 radionuclide treatment method for <...> metastatic liver disease, we will have to give up this method because we do not produce yttrium. <...> We do not produce any radiopharmaceuticals; our only output would be raw materials — Andrey Kaprin, Director, National Medical Research Radiological Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.

ISSUES
International scientific contacts are underdeveloped and meet bureaucratic constraints

In addition to the gap in scientific and technical cooperation with the Asia Pacific region, we have another one in communications. <...> Apart from some big federal events and natural disasters, everything else seems to be under some veil of secrecy. <...> A wonderful executive order dated 11 February 2019, which prohibits communication among scientists and provides for a notification 5 days prior to the meeting — Ruslan Novikov, General Director of Argumenty I Facty Ltd.

This is just regulations that apply to the institutions and departments that work with classified information [Executive Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of 11 February 2019, – Ed.]. <...> But if you look at the wording, it would seem that it applies to all the institutions, which outraged the scientific community — Alexander Sergeev, President, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Lack of real projects for scientific and technical cooperation

We can sign a lot of agreements, but the most important thing would be the projects that we actually implement: whether they are linked to a place or a long-term strategy — Maxim Safonov, Director, Green Capital Alliance; Professor, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

SOLUTIONS
Development of promising projects for scientific and technical cooperation

We need large anchor projects that Russia would implement and show off in this region, which would also be interesting for international scientific and technical cooperation — Alexander Sergeev, President, Russian Academy of Sciences.

The development of the United Eurasia project deserves special attention as a priority one. <...> We consider developing railways along with other transport corridors in a single network. Basically, <...> this would be the Trans-Eurasian Development Belt, the Integrated Eurasian Transport System. This makes it possible to create a high-speed railway complex on the basis of spatial, transport and logistics corridors between Europe and Asia. And it will be complemented with energy and information and communication systems. Conditions are being created for a more comprehensive and advanced development of Siberia, the Far East and the Arctic. One of the key projects of this large Eurasia project is the creation of a high-speed cargo and passenger bridge — Sergey Kobzev, Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Chief Engineer, Russian Railways.

The countries of the Asia Pacific region lie within the limits of the most complex, most dynamic and most dangerous geological structure that exists on Earth. <...> It has 80% of eruption sources and 80% of earthquakes. <...> I propose to include a project in the minutes of today's meeting. It should be called 'Countries of the Asia Pacific (Ring of Fire), the mechanism evolution of natural processes, catastrophe forecasts, and global security' — Aleksey Ozerov, Director, Institute of Volcano Studies and Seismology, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences .

Yesterday, Transmashholding, Rosatom and Sakhalin Region signed an agreement on developing nuclear energy on Sakhalin. Hydrogen energy is very interesting. You are probably aware that Japan <…> has been dreaming about using hydrogen engines in transport among other areas. <…> The head of Sakhalin Region has contacted Rosatom himself, because he understands the importance of these processes. Rosatom is not only about nuclear energy – it also deals with alternative energy as well. Development of hydrogen energy on Sakhalin stirs interest in Japan. Here is a question to discuss, if it happens here, how could we transport hydrogen to Japan? — Alexander Sergeev, President, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Integration of business and science

We need to learn how to introduce the new knowledge science gives in technology — Alexander Sergeev, President, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Science creates capital. <…> We can see that research institutes can help business advance — Ray Zimmerman, Founder, SW1 Advisory Partners Limited .

Developing Russia’s transit potential is one of the key objectives. Here we forecast a steady growth. <…> Another challenge is taking container delivery time from the ports of Vladivostok to the Western borders of the Russian Federation down to seven days. Average speed of transit flow will go 42% up – to 1,300 km a day. And we are absolutely confident that our cooperation and work with the Academy of Sciences on developing new material and digital technologies will drastically change the way trains run in this area and raise their speeds — Sergey Kobzev, Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Chief Engineer, Russian Railways.

Today, Rosatom has presented a project of the International Research Centre of Advanced Nuclear Technologies. It will be created within the Far Eastern Federal University and it will grant students, post-graduates <…> and everyone who is willing <…> a remote access to research carried out with the centre’s equipment and research results. <…> This will mean creating digital twins of actual nuclear units in future — Pavel Zaytsev, Chief Executive Officer, Science and Innovations.

Developing international cooperation in education

We have signed an agreement with the Far Eastern Federal University that provides for cooperation, personnel training and developing new technologies. They are related to maritime issues, transport and logistics and command of foreign language. We need to say that Astrakhan University has been working with APR countries, with countries of Southeast Asia. We have regular student exchange programmes with Universities in Korea, Japan, and China. This year, we have signed joint project agreements with six universities in India. <…> We have been involved in R&D projects for 18 months now, and most of them are practical ones. <…> We have created a transport and logistics consortium. <…> Universities cooperating under this consortium will help unite scientists of various areas of expertise — Konstantin Markelov, Vice President, Director of Business Technologies, Tinkoff Bank.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS