20-22 September 2017

Forum is over



Deep respect for science and knowledge is our priority

With these words the vice-governor of St. Petersburg Igor Albin on the second day of the PIIF 2017, in the presence of hundreds of guests and Forum participants, opened the II conference "From import substitution to innovation and knowledge economy". Within the discussion, experts in the field of science, technology and innovation tried to determine the most effective ways of forming a quality communication system between the scientific and business community with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of domestic production.

The vice-rector for scientific work of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University Vitaly Sergeyev said, that today's high school in Russia is able to produce highly qualified scientists and developers. However, not always a professional scientist is a talented entrepreneur who is able to implement his own developments in practice, to bring him to the market. "Unfortunately, today we do not have a mass layer of technological production,- he stressed. - A modern graduate of a technical higher education institution should have not only scientific competence, but also have certain psychological propensities to entrepreneurship." On the other hand, SPbPU is already setting an example for other universities, developing a systemic interaction with large industrial enterprises. So recently, on the basis of the Nordic basis of the Baltic Industrial Company, a constraction bureau of the Polytechnic University was created, which employs well-deserved scientists, as well as masters, postgraduates, and even students. Thus, over a period of 1-2 years a specialist is formed from a highly qualified research officer who is able not only to develop innovative technologies and products, but also to profit from it.

The chairman of the North-Western bank of Sberbank Viktor Ventimilla Alonso agrees with him. In his view, the true threat to the current domestic science is its inability to perceive change and to bring something new into its activities. However, today's processes in the educational and scientific sphere, he said, have a positive trend. "In recent years, out of the total number of applications for the grant of patents, domestic scientists received only 2% of positive decisions, - he said. - It would seem that it's a drop in the ocean. However, the scientists of the famous Silicon Valley, the world's scientific center, received even less during the same period. So there are grounds for optimism and one we should not stop on the achieved results. Getting commercial success is the ultimate goal of any scientific invention. "

In turn, the chairman of the Committee for Industrial Policy and Innovation Maxim Meyksin stressed the need to develop systematic measures to support young scientists and specialists in various fields. "The support measures may be different, - he explained. - These are business incubators, engineering centers. We have a clear task to open one such center per year. In particular, we have already opened a pharmaceutical center, last year IT-center, in future are such branches as electronics and radio electronics. And this is a broader format - it's about creating industrial and technological clusters. "

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