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Posted: December 8, 2008

Successful conlcusion of first Russian nanotechnology conference

(Nanowerk News) Summing up the results of the First International Contest of scientific papers in the sphere of nanotechnologies between young scientists became the central event of the last day of the First International Forum on Nanotechnologies that took place in Moscow from December 3-5, 2008. 328 scientific papers of both the Russian and foreign participants were submitted for the contest. Sergey Ivanov, Deputy Chairman of the Government of Russian Federation took part in the prize winner awarding ceremony.
Over 7000 visitors attended the Forum. More than 1100 representatives of the government authorities, world nanoindustry, entrepreneurs and scientists from 33 countries made reports and presentations within the Forum framework. Notable participants and visitors included Sergey Ivanov, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, Elvira Nabiullina, Minister of Economical Development of the Russian Federation, Anatoly Chubais, RUSNANO Director General, Mikhail Kovalchuk, Director of Russian Research Center "Kurchatov Institute”, Zhores Alferov, Noble prize winner, Vice-President of RAS, took part in the Forum.
John Beyrle, the US Ambassador to Russia, Lee Kyu Hyung, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Vittorio Claudio Surdo, the Ambassador of Italy, Matti Anttonen, the Ambassador of Finland, Christos Tokamanis, Head of Unit "Nano and Converging Sciences and Technologies" of European Commission, Jean Luc Clement, Scientific Director of International & European Relations Directorate of the French Higher Education and Scientific Research Ministry, Irit Ben-Abba, Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs of Israel, Yujiro Naruse, Counselor of the Japanese Cabinet Office in charge for nanotechnologies.
The basic subjects of discussions held during the Forum were nanotechnology development perspectives both in Russia and world, foreign experience in forming the national innovative systems, role of the government and business in creating the scientific development commercialization mechanisms in the sphere of nanotechnologies. The Forum participants also discussed the venture investment development in Russia. A special attention was paid to the perspectives of applying the nanotechnologies in various branches of economics: from electronics, medicine and biotechnologies to mechanical engineering, oil & gas and chemical industry as well as to the regional programs of their development in Russia.
29 sessions of the scientific and technological workshops were held within the framework of the Forum scientific program, where 263 workshop reports and presentations on 18 basic directions in nanotechnology development and nanomaterial creation were made. More than 160 leading world scientists were among the reporters.
An exhibition of the advanced nanotechnological developments was held during the Forum at the territory of ExpoCenter, where the projects of 80 Russian and foreign companies and organizations were displayed. More than 3300 guests attended the exhibition within these three days. Boris Gryzlov, Speaker of the Russian Federation State Duma visited the exhibition on the day of its closing.
A large investment contract between RUSNANO, ONEXIM Group and the Ural Optical & Mechanical Plant on establishing the enterprise on manufacturing the light engineering of a new generation was signed in the course of the Forum. RUSNANO also concluded the agreements on cooperation with the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University and Employment and Economy Ministry of Finland.
As explained by Anatoly Chubais "bridging the gap between science and business" as well as support in forming the Russian nanotechnological community became the basic objective of the Forum. The scientists and developers got an insight into the most essential business directions and the representatives of businesses got a possibility to get familiar with the advanced scientific and technical developments and evaluate the perspectives of their commercialization.
Here at Nanowerk we have just reported about Russia's ambitious nanotechnology program (Russia's nanotechnology crash program).
The materials of business and scientific & technical part of the Forum, including the governing reports during sessions, presentations, papers of young scientists will be displayed on web-sites of RUSNANO and the website of First International Forum on Nanotechnologies.
Source: The Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies