Putin wants to make Russia an international center for scientific research

Putin wants to make Russia an international center for scientific research

On Science Day Russia, Vladimir Putin visited the research centers and academic institutes of Novosibirsk, where the Budker Nuclear Physics Institute was founded in the 1950s, in which the first particle accelerator was built that collided two beams of subatomic particles. The goal is to bring Russian scientific research back to the glories of the Soviet period.

In a speech in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, the outgoing president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin took stock of the situation of scientific development in Russia.

The Siberian city, built in 1983 at the time of Alexander III is the third largest city in Russia by population, and is an important center for both the chemical and pharmaceutical industry and for scientific research. Novosibirsk is in fact the seat of the Akademgorodok citadel, founded in the 1950s, and equipped with a dozen scientific research institutes, including the Budker Nuclear Physics Institute.

On Russian Science Day, President Putin visited Budker's Institute of Nuclear Physics and spoke to the Russian Federation Council for Science and Education. Putin stressed that Russian researchers and institutions are today already engaged in international scientific projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the particle accelerator of CERN in Geneva, a thermonuclear plant in France and the free electron laser developed in Germany.

However, the intention of the Federation is to relaunch itself as a reference point for international scientific research, a goal that could politically free Russia from the yoke of sanctions, restoring further prestige to it. Already in recent years, with the abandonment of space missions by NASA, Russia has become the only international reference point for research carried out in space. Even in high energy physics, Moscow remains a point of reference, especially as regards the construction and maintenance of the CERN particle accelerator.

But Putin's goal is to return to the levels of development that belonged to the Soviet period, when the Russian giant battled with the American superpower in scientific research. This is what can be seen from Putin's words: "We must provide the tools to attract the best researchers in our most important laboratories, we must also train valid international researchers here in Russia"

The Federation has launched 90 million rubles to attract Russian and international researchers for each research institute for the next 3 years (2018-2020) to spend on scholarships. In addition to prestige, the intention is to avoid the classic brain drain towards western research centers. "Scientists and young researchers need to see that it is interesting to work in Russia, because ambitious goals are set, which are in line with the challenges of the time, and the conditions have been created to achieve these goals by achieving exceptional results and solving the tasks that our country has had to face, "said Putin.

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