Belarus is creating all opportunities for creative growth of young scientists and their integration into big science, Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) Vladimir Gusakov said at the opening of the 16th international conference titled as Youth in Science in Minsk on 14 October, BelTA has learned.
According to Vladimir Gusakov, promising projects are supported at the level of the National Academy of Sciences. Young people can take part in various competitions, including grants. “I hope that this international conference will contribute to broader involvement of young scientists and researchers in academic science, will give a new impetus to scientific communication,” Vladimir Gusakov noted.
He recalled that a decree on the priority areas of scientific and innovative activities for 2021-2025 had been drafted. It provides for the development of knowledge-intensive information and communication, digital, biological, chemical, medical and other technologies. Promising developments will be created for energy, ecology, engineering and agricultural industries, security of an individual, society and the state. Young scientists can contribute to the development of these sectors.
For his part, Andrei Ivanets, the Chief Scientific Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Chairman of the Council of Young Scientists, noted that the current forum is impressive both by the international attendance and also by representation of Belarusian scientists. It has brought together a large number of students, school pupils. Potential investors have already showed interest in some of the startups.
In general, about a third of scientists in the National Academy of Sciences today are young people. “This is the optimal figure that can give a good result for the intergenerational connection. Young scientists work in all priority areas of science and innovations. The biotechnology sector is developing particularly dynamically," said Andrei Ivanets.
The Youth in Science conference is one of the biggest youth forums in Belarus. It is a prestigious showcase event for talented youth from the CIS and non-CIS states. The forum, which will last till 17 October, demonstrates big international and inter-disciplinary projects, and R&D of young scientists. The program includes panels on agrarian science, biology, humanities, medicine, physics and engineering, mathematics, chemistry and Earth sciences and the competition 100 Talents of the NASB.
The event is attended by about 500 young researchers: NASB scientists, representatives of universities, colleges and schools of the country, guests from Russia, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Poland, Latvia, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, heads of councils of young academicians of the Academies of Sciences - members of the International Association of Academies of Sciences.