For two days at the Technosreda festival, University lecturers and trainers, Russian scholars and inventors conducted training seminars and master classes for adults and children. Technosreda is the key event of the Year of Science and Technology organized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.
During the festival, several thematic zones worked, and the country’s leading universities, research institutes and technology companies demonstrated over 500 scientific developments to a wide audience present at the event.
Stanislav Kudzh, Rector of RTU MIREA, took part in the opening ceremony of the festival. Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, welcomed everybody participating in the festival. “2021, declared by the President as the Year of Science and Technology, has become very special. About 3 thousand events dedicated to the Year of Science have already taken place across the country. They helped demonstrate the remarkable achievements of our scientists, tell the participants how new technologies are being introduced into modern life, how they make production processes more efficient and improve human life. We also had a chance to see that this topic is of great interest to the people: the events of the Year of Science and Technology have already been attended by more than 3 million attendees, and the Government, for its part, also supports this interest. We have worked out a number of measures to support the industry in its development and improvement,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko.
The Deputy Prime Minister added that science is one of the main drivers of the economy and a source of its potential growth.
The key event of the festival’s business program was the plenary session “Key trends in the development of science and technology in the future of Russia.” Andrei Fursenko, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation, Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, and Maxim Dreval, General Director of the Russian Knowledge Society (Znanje) took part in the discussion.
At the meeting, they discussed the support to young scholars, and the need to involve business in the development of research projects.
Valery Falkov noted that a high level of cooperation is important in modern science. “Russia has always had a strong fundamental science, and we have excellent groundwork starting with the twentieth century. This is the area of the liability of the state. Without investing in fundamental science, we will not get appropriate research results. There should be an excess of resources in this area. We are increasing investments, and in 2022, the state will spend more on fundamental science than in 2021. As for applied science, our main task is to ensure that investments in science from organizations working in the real sector of the economy and from Russian business increase, ”said Valery Falkov.
The participants in the meeting discussed key trends in the development of future technologies, noted the challenges that the country faces today in the development of scientific and technological potential. The speakers agreed that one of the most important scientific inventions in recent years is the COVID-19 vaccine.
The final event of the festival was a quest on new technologies, thus the participants could test their knowledge of modern digital achievements.