The Steering Committee of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022, proclaimed by UNESCO at its 40th session, met online on 4 October 2021. The Russian Federation was represented by the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research.
The initiative to proclaim 2022 the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development was supported by some thirty international scientific unions and organizations working in the fields of physics, mathematics, chemistry, the life sciences and social sciences, more than ten national academies of sciences, as well as a group of Nobel prize winners.
The participants discussed the rationale behind the Year of the Basic Sciences, its vision and specific objectives, including promotion of inclusive collaboration in basic research to enable researchers from developed and developing countries to work together, organization of high-level international science conferences and events in developing countries to raise awareness of the importance of the basic sciences, promotion of training and education in the basic sciences in developing countries, initiation of free access to the results of basic research, and much more.
The Russian Academy of Sciences has become a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022 and will be involved in a series of activities both in Russia and abroad.