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LEVAN MINDELI (03.10.1939 – 04.11.2019), Founder of the of the Institute for the Study of Science of Russian Academy of Sciences (2005), Director (2005 – 2016), Scientific Director (2016 – 2019), RAS Corr. Member, Professor, Doctor in Economics, Professor, ranked as the Honored Personality of the Science of the Russian Federation and the Laureate of the Government Prize in Science and Technology of the Russian Federation.

His professional interests were related to studies in economics of Science and Technology (S&T), S&T management, STI policy and S&T forecasting, statistics of S&T and Innovation.

His research career developed in the academic research institutes such as the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute, the Institute of National Economy Forecasting. In 1991, with the support of the State Committee for Science and Technology of the USSR and the Academy of Sciences of the USSR he founded the Centre for Science Research and Statistics (CSRS) which he directed until 2005. Under his direction CSRS reached a considerable success in developing statistical and analytical information in S&T domain and was acknowledged in Russia and abroad. In May 2005, Levan Mindeli was appointed as Director of the newly established the Institute for the Study of Science of the RAS (in 2005 – 2007 named as the Centre for Science Development Studies of the RAS). After leaving the position of ISS RAS Director in June 2016, he worked in the Institute as Scientific Director of ISS RAS.

Levan Mindeli participated in numerous domestic and international scientific projects, including those of EU, OECD, UNESCO, UNIDO. His research results are published in Russia and abroad and have been practically applied during the preparation of such political documents as “The Doctrine of Development of the Russian Science”, the Federal Law on Science and the State Science and Technology Policy, “The Concept of Reformation of the Russian Science in 1998-2000”, “The Concept of the State Policy of the Russian Federation in the International Cooperation in Science and Technology”, “The Fundamentals of a Policy of the Russian Federation in the Development of Science and Technology for the Period until 2010 and Further Perspective”, and also in a number of other materials and documents of the Ministry of Education and Science, the Government, the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Security Council and the President Council of the Russian Federation on Science and High Technology. Levan Mindeli is the author of more than 350 scientific publications.

Levan Mindeli spiritedly participated in scientific and social activity. He was a member of the Expert Council for Legislative Initiatives in Science and Technology Policy at the Committee of Science and High Technologies of the State Duma and the Committee for Education and Science of the Council of Federation, a member of the Russian Engineering Academy and of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He was also the editorial member of the journal Innovations.

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