On March 30, 2021 a delegation of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NAS of Belarus) led by Vladimir Gusakov, Chairman of the Presidium of the NAS of Belarus, Academician of NAS arrived in Moscow on a two-day visit to attend a joint session of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.
Academician Alexander Sergeev, president of the RAS, chaired the joint session on behalf of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The event was also attended by Alexey Kubrin, Deputy Secretary of State — Member of the Standing Committee of the Union State.
Academician Irina Donnik, vice-president of the RAS, Academician Valentin Parmon, vice-president of the RAS, Academician Vladimir Chekhonin, vice-president of the RAS, and Vladimir Litvintsev, Corresponding Member of the RAS, Academic Secretary of the «Transnational Development of the Eurasian Continent» Inter-Agency Coordination Council of the RAS, coordinator of the «United Eurasia: TEPR-IETS (RAZVITIE Trans-Eurasian Belt — Integrated Eurasian Transportation System)» megaproject presented reports on the activities of the Inter-Academic Council for Issues in the Development of the Union State, on implementing the Union State’s programs with participation of the agencies of both the RAS and the NAS of Belarus, on prospective projects and programs, on coordinating the activities of the RAS and the NAS of Belarus in new medical technologies for prevention and relief of large-scale epidemics, on cooperation within the framework of the International Association of the Academies of Sciences, on academic assistance in developing long-term strategic areas in the spatial, territorial and socioeconomic development of Russia and Belarus, on the concept of the United Eurasia megaproject, and on joint scientific projects in agriculture.
Following the join sessions, the delegation of the NAS of Belarus visited the All-Russia Research Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology.Belarusian colleagues visited the institute’s laboratories, discussed further cooperation with the institute, including collaboration in biotechnologies, bioinformatics, genome selection, and genome editing, young scientist exchanges, and signing a cooperation agreement.
During the visit, the Institute was represented by RAS Academician Gennady Karlov, the Director of the Institute, RAS Academician Yuri Lachuga, the Academic Secretary of the Agricultural Sciences Department and RAS Academician Pyotr Kharchenko, the Scientific Head of the All-Russia Research Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, RAS Professor Alexander Soloviev, Dr.Sc. in Biology, and Viktor Sosnitsky, PhD in economics.
On March 31, 2021, the delegation of the NAS of Belarus visited the Medical Sciences Department of the RAS to meet with the Academic Secretary of the Department, RAS Academician Vladimir Starodubov. The discussion focused, among other things, on cooperation in matters related to COVID-19.