MINSK, 26 May (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia are working on the formation of a common science and technology space, State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State Dmitry Mezentsev told journalists prior to the joint meeting of the Presidiums of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and the Russian Academy of Sciences, BelTA has learned.
“The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the Kurchatov Institute, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Standing Committee of the Union State (it provides funds for the Union State programs from the common budget) are working to implement the plans and instructions of the heads of state. The last two years saw more intensive cooperation in science. An instruction was given to finalize the strategy to create a common science and technology space by the end of the year. This is essential for our competitiveness, technological sovereignty, new training programs. This will also help save money: we can conduct fundamental research by joining forces,” Dmitry Mezentsev said.
A large delegation of the Russian Academy of Sciences and well-known scientists of Russia headed by President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Academician Gennady Krasnikov arrived in Minsk to participate in the meeting. This is his first visit as the new head of the Russian Academy of Sciences since the elections in September 2022. The event is also attended by President of the Kurchatov Institute Mikhail Kovalchuk.
The participants of the joint meeting of the Presidiums of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus will consider a number of important issues. Among them are the performance of the academies of sciences in 2021-2022, the status of the programs of the Union State with the participation of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and promising programs, the strategy of scientific and technological development of the Union State.
The scientific elite of the two countries will discuss research and development in the field of microelectronics in the Russian Federation and Belarus, the research program of the Belarus branch of the Kurchatov Institute, joint Belarusian-Russian projects within the framework of the programs of the Belarusian Republican Foundation for Basic Research and the Russian Science Foundation.