by Marina MALYGINA, journalist
The biggest Russian forum-10th Moscow International Salon of Innovations and Investments, that gathers together scientists, engineers, inventors and investors, was held in September 2010 in Gostiny Dvor in the Russian capital. About 600 organizations involved in the development of high-tech products from 33 RF regions and 12 foreign countries took part in the forum. It was attended by more than 4,500 people, 1,500 of them were specialists in different fields of science and technology.
Participants of the forum–RAS institutes, higher educational establishments, scientific and research centers, technical parks, small and medium size enterprises, science-oriented towns–offered to the investors over 1,600 projects in the field of nuclear physics, biotechnology and engineering, machine-building, metallurgy, metrology, optics and laser technology, instrument-making and robotics, information and nanotechnologies, medicine and public health. More than one third of them were prepared in the form of business plans with the risk assessment and expected income.
The forum demonstrated an important role of higher educational establishments in the development of innovative potential of the regions. More than thirty Russian universities, including Kuban, Murmansk, Vologda, Kazan, Stavropol, Tomsk, Perm, Saratov universities, not only train specialists to develop economy of specific regions, but also generate new ideas and projects. In the recent years the number of proposals that have already passed experimental and design phases, creation of technologies and their implementation, has significantly increased. And this phenomenon can be easily explained: a year ago Federal Law No. 217-FZ was enacted enabling higher educational establishments and research institutes to establish small enterprises. Some educational structures made a good progress in the field of innovations and exhibited final results at the salon. Th ... Читать далее