RAS: a discussion on the reform of science
On 24 March, 2014, the General Director of the All-Russian Scientific-Research Institute of Aviation Materials (VIAM) Academician of RAS Evgeny N. Kablov has taken place in annual general meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The Chairman of the RF Government Dmitry A. Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Government Arkadiy V. Dvorkovich, Minister of Education and Science Dmitry V. Livanov, Minister of Health Veronika I. Skvortsova have also participated in the meeting.
The participants of the event have discussed the progress in the reform and the main scientific results of the year 2014. The President of RAS Vladimir E. Fortov has made a detailed report concerning these questions.
In his welcoming speech Dmitry Medvedev has reported that the financing of science will remain at the merely high level despite of the budget problems. “On the whole we succeeded to keep the proportion (in draft amendments into the budget 2015). For these purposes we have afforded about 350 billion rubles, among them 115 bln RUR are for fundamental researches and 241bln RUR are for applied researches” – the head of the Cabinet of Ministers has mentioned. He pointed out that the priority development directions should be selected for the more effective spending of money. “In that way these directions must not be descended by the superior authority to the Academy of Sciences, they must be your choice”, the Prime-Minister applied to the scientists. He called them up for a dialog with the state and business, defining their needs in one or another work.
According to Dmitry Medvedev words the modernization of the academic life must pass a solidness test. “Of course, the corrections can be made because the reforms are necessary for science and for the national interest” – he noted. On the Prime-Minister’s opinion the main result for RAS – 2014 is the achievement of new world level scientific results by domestic scientists.
The Russian Academy of Sciences is the state academy of sciences which carries out the scientific leadership for scientific researches in the Russian Federation. The main directions of activities are fundamental and applied researches, integration of academic, institutional and branch sciences, participation in state decisions on national security matters and scientific-technical progress, development and expertise of large scientific-technical projects, programs of economic and social development of Russia.