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Belarus, Georgia to hold contest of joint research projects

Society 20.03.2019 | 18:13
Alexander Shumilin. Archive photo
Alexander Shumilin. Archive photo

MINSK, 20 March (BelTA) – Belarus and Georgia will launch a contest of joint research projects in relevant areas of bilateral cooperation, including agriculture, healthcare, pharmacy, nano- and biotechnologies, Chairman of the Belarusian State Science and Technology Committee Alexander Shumilin said as he attended the first meeting of the Belarus-Georgia commission on cooperation in science and technology which took place in Tbilisi on 20 March, BelTA has learned from the press service of the committee.

According to him, one of the priorities of Belarus-Georgia cooperation in science and technology, apart from implementing joint projects, is making joint applications to the EU programs, including Horizon 2020.

“At present, Belarusian and Georgian scientists are taking part in six EU projects, in particular, on projects which deal with graphene, biological assessment of Europe's water ecosystems, living space improvement,” Alexander Shumilin said. Belarus and Georgia are part of the Eastern Partnership program. On of its projects, the EaP Connect, aims to strengthen ties between researchers and students.

The press service added that Tbilisi is hosting the Made in Belarus exhibition which features 125 technological and innovative developments of the Belarusian Education Ministry, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), and others. Within the framework of the exhibition, the countries decided to conclude two new agreements on cooperation in science and technology between the NASB Central Botanical Garden and the Institute of Phytopatholgy and Biodiversity of Batumi State University, the Botanical Institute of Ilia State University.

Belarus-Georgia agreement on cooperation in science and technology was signed in Minsk in 2016.

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