The Russian Center for Science and Culture in Paris hosted a workshop entitled “Russian-French Scientific Dialogue”, organized on the initiative of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and supported by Rossotrudnichestvo.
The Russian side included Deputy Director of the Department of State Scientific and Technical Policy of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation A. Semin, a number of leading universities and scientific institutes such as Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”, Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, MIPT, MISiS, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna), representative of the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education, adviser to the Russian Embassy in France K. Bykov and others.
As regards the French delegation, it involved representatives of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education N. Dromel, head of a large sector of scientific infrastructure F. Ravel, head of the chemistry and materials science sector of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) S. Can-Malek, science adviser to the French Embassy in Russia A. Malak, experts from CERN, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble and some other universities.
The first session was focused on the presentation of the Russian national “Science” project and a large scientific infrastructure on the Russian territory. Representatives of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna and the Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute gave a detailed account of the potential of NICA accelerators (Dubna) and PIK reactors (Gatchina) in the sphere of interdisciplinary research. They also highlighted the great capacity of this scientific infrastructure for experimentation in various areas.
In the course of the afternoon session’s discussion on the expansion of Russian-French cooperation in science and technology, A. Semin urged French scientists to actively use the Russian scientific infrastructure and get engaged in competitions for the organization of laboratories on the basis of research and educational centers (REC), founded in Russian regions in accordance with the national “Science” project launched in 2018.
According to the panelists, Russian-French cooperation is developing successfully, both through the Russian-French partnership program “Kholmogorov” and the competitions for mega-grants of the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education. 20 French scientists, including Nobel laureate in physics Gerard Mourou, have been involved in the program since its launching.
The final session was dedicated to specific Russian-French projects currently under way in new materials and biotechnologies, as well as to the presentation of the potential of research and educational centers in the Perm Territory.