On August 24, 2021, the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) hosted a hybrid-format meeting of the Inter-Academic Council on the Issues of Development in the Union State under the title “Possibilities of combining the scientific potential of the RAS and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Belarus for meeting the challenges of development in the Union State in the post-pandemic period.”
The meeting was chaired by the co-chairs of the Inter-Academic Council: Chairman of the Siberian Branch of the RAS, Member of the RAS Valentin Parmon; Deputy Secretary of the Union State, Member of the Standing Committee of the Union State Alexei Kubrin; and First Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the NAS of Belarus, Member of the NAS of Belarus Sergei Chizhik.
Under the main issue on the agenda, “Determining the prospects for cooperation between the RAS and the NAS of Belarus,” Member of the RAS Valentin Parmon made a presentation with the title “Scientific and technological cooperation of RAS and the NAS of Belarus. Implementation of plans under real conditions and the pandemic of 2021,” and Member of the NAS of Belarus Sergei Chizhik spoke about the scientific and technical cooperation between the RAS and the NAS of Belarus in the context of regional cooperation.
Scientific sessions held as part of the meeting included: “On the coordination of activities of the RAS and the NAS of Belarus in the field of new medical technologies for meeting the challenges of prevention and elimination of the consequences of large-scale epidemics,” “Mathematical modelling of natural and epidemiological processes,” “Genetic technologies for meeting the challenges of agricultural development in the Union State in the post-pandemic period,” “The role of science in ensuring sustainable development of agriculture in Russia and Belarus and reducing dependence on foreign supplies in the field of poultry farming and crop production,” “Current trends in scientific and technical cooperation between Russia and Belarus,” “Ecology. Alternative energy,” “Development of carbon-neutral energy,” “Development of new technologies in the interests of industrial production in Russia and Belarus,” “Cooperation in the field of chemical sciences for meeting the challenges of national production and reducing dependence on imports” and “Development of a system for monitoring climatically active gases as part of the ‘carbon polygon’ project.” Presentations were made by Member of the RAS Sergei Aldoshin; Director of the Federal Research Centre for Fundamental and Translational Medicine of the Siberian Branch of the RAS Mikhail Voevoda; Vice President and Member of the RAS Irina Donnik; Director of the Siberian Feed Research Institute of the RAS, Member of the RAS Nikolai Kashevarov; Vice President and Member of the RAS Vladimir Chekhonin, Deputy President and Corresponding Member of the RAS Vladimir Ivanov; Director of the Institute of Cytology and Genetics of the Siberian Branch of the RAS, Corresponding Member of the RAS Alexei Kochetov; Director of the Melentyev Institute of Energy Systems of the Siberian Branch of the RAS, Corresponding Member of the RAS Valery Stennikov; as well as other scientists from the RAS.
During the meeting, support was expressed for the programme “Technological platform for the identification of new molecular targets: membrane proteins and their complexes,” as well as the mucosal SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, and joint projects in the field of agriculture, including the creation of robotic agricultural machines for crop production and animal husbandry. It was decided to explore the issue of financing youth and innovative projects on epidemiological topics through the science funds of Russia and the Republic of Belarus.
The participants considered it advisable to strengthen the joint research of the RAS and the NAS of Belarus on geopolitical and economic aspects of cross-border interactions, as well as holding a meeting of the Councils of Young Scientists of the RAS and the NAS of Belarus on the margins of the International Forum of Young Scientists of CIS Member States, the Baltic States and Georgia in December 2021.
The next meetings of the Council will be held in November 2021 in the Republic of Belarus and in the first half of 2022 in the Russian Federation (Vologda).