The meeting was chaired by Arytom Shadrin, Director of Department of Strategic Development and Innovation. In his opening speech, Mr. Shadrin noted that over the elapsed period, the region and ministries have implemented a series of steps on the development of the infrastructure and facilitated the reorganization of FASO (Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations) institutions.
“Today, the logical continuation of this work is synchronization of scientific and economic policies in the framework of INO Tomsk project with the Strategy of Scientific and Technology Development of Russia”, the member of the ministry said.
According to Andrey Antonov, Deputy Governor of the Tomsk region on Economy, the potential, that Tomsk universities and scientific organizations have accumulated, must be used in the implementation of the new agenda, including “major challenges” of SSTD, National Technology Initiative, and Digital Economy program, as well as the creation of new exporting industries. “Thus, our key challenge is to train the leaders of global and national level science, who will work on “major” challenges along with the region’s industry and international partners”, he said.
Dmitriy Sanatov, Deputy Director of North-West Center for Strategic Developments Foundation, noted that the implementation of the said initiative will enable the formation of a globally important Russian scientific and innovation-technology region that would concentrate in its territory the research and development on “major challenges” that require the efforts of scientists, developers and technology entrepreneurs.
Aleksandr Fertman, Director on Science, Technology and Education of the Skolkovo Foundation, thinks that the measures on the development of human capital in science and technology are the basis for the implementation of SSTD. “Such mechanisms can be pilot tested in the Tomsk region. This will allow for the training of scientific teams, the competence of which corresponds to several priority directions of the Strategy”, he believes. According to Eduard Galazhinskiy, rector of Tomsk State University, the participants of such education programs should be the ambitious researchers who lay the foundations for new technology directions.
The Tomsk region plans to implement a series of steps. Specifically, launch an interdisciplinary education program “School of key researchers”, focus Tomsk universities and FASO institutions on the new agenda – the “major challenges” of SSTD, NTI, Digital Economy program, and engage large companies of the region to this work. For that, as Andrey Antonov noted, one must use the experience of implementing the roadmaps and of boosting the demand of large companies for the products of innovation-based business and scientists’ developments, as well as some other tools. For instance, the integrated plans of scientific research stipulate the alignment of the plans of academic institutions with state-owned companies, universities and act as the basis for fundamental research.
“It is necessary to single out the leading regional topics out of federal priorities. Then, identify the possible markets for them, availability of scientific teams, companies and infrastructure. The main objective is to combine the expertise of scientific teams, engineering centers and industrial capacity. In fact, one must assemble the chains in the region for these advanced directions”, Sergey Matveyev, Director of Department of Science and Technology at the Ministry for Education and Science of Russia, says, speaking of the priority task.
The participants of the meeting also noted that in order for the initiative to be successfully implemented, the Tomsk region needs to achieve effective interaction between the existing innovation and industrial clusters and scientific teams. According to the participants, when pilot testing the regional model with high concentration of research and development, the focus will be on the use and strengthening of the already available technology expertise of universities, scientific organizations and companies, as well as on laying the technology foundation for new directions, including the development of university-based NTI centers.