On 19 February 2021, the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) held an online Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony by the RAS and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
RAS President and Academician Alexander Sergeev and Gerald Haug, Academician and President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, welcomed those present.
The event was attended by RAS Academician and Vice President Yuri Balega and RAS Academician and Vice President Vladimir Chekhonin.
The Memorandum envisions cooperation in exchanging scientific information and publications, participating in joint academic events, holding bilateral workshops, symposia, conferences and thematic events focused on topics of mutual interest, and organising events for young scientists.
Following the welcome addresses and the signing ceremony, the parties exchanged opinions on the strategic priorities for the co-operation between the RAS and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and bilateral Russia-Germany cooperation. A report on the COVID-19 and vaccination situation was also presented.
The meeting concluded with a discussion of plans for establishing a German-Russian Council of Young Scientists and Innovators.