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Strategic Partnership and Joint Calls between the EU and the Russian Federation in the European Framework Programmes for RTD (NANORUCER)

On 13 January 2011, the NANORUCER project in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to Russia and the Russian National Contact point on Nanotechnology held the workshop “Strategic Partnership and joint calls between the EU and the Russian Federation (RF) in European Framework Programmes for RTD” in Moscow.

The objectives of the workshop were to outline priorities and concrete topics for science and technology collaboration between the EU and the RF on the base of an assessment of the Sectoral Innovation System of the RF in nanotechnology and nanomaterials (NN) together with ideas & knowledge of leading RF experts in NN.

Around 40 experts were invited to the workshop to share their experience and to contribute to this participatory and bottom up exercise. Officials from the European Commission, the Russian Government, the Ministry of Education and Science of the RF, the RUSNANO corporation, TIC of the RF as well as experts from leading Russian research institutes - the Kurchatow Institute, Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Bochvar All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Inorganic Materials, other universities, innovative nanocompanies and NGOs - contributed to the workshop.

Dr. Manuel Hallen, Minister Counsellor Science and Technology of the Delegation of the European Union to Russia, opened the workshop with a welcome speech. Hans Hartmann Pedersen, the European Commission DG Research, in his speech "Nano- and Converging S&T “Nanomanufacturing”, presented an overview of EU funding related to nanotechnology and chaired the first session “Mapping the nanotechnology innovation system of Russia for preparing future cooperation between the EU and Russia”. Dr. Thomas Reiss, Head of Competence Center Emerging Technologies of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, introduced an overview of the NANORUCER project including its first results. Dr. Nadezhda Gaponenko, Head of Department of the ISS RAS, presented an analysis of the sectoral innovation system of the Russian Federation in nanotechnology carried out within the NANORUCER project. Dr. Sergey Mostinsky, Head of Department of the Corporation RUSNANO, provided an overview of the activities of the Russian Cooperation RUSNANO responding to globalisation.

The second session focused on contributions and presentations of different organisations, working in the field of nanotechnology research and infrastructure in Russia. Dr. Zaikov introduced nanocentres as a background of innovation infrastructure from the RUSNANO perspective. Prof. Kulakovsky, Deputy Director of the Institute of Solid-state Physics, made a presentation about electron and nuclear spins in semiconductor quantum dots. Prof. Valery Ryazanov, Head of Department of the Institute of Solid-state Physics, talked about the development of superconductive nanoelectronics in Russia. Prof. Viktor Pancirniy, the Bochvar All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Inorganic Materials, discussed nanomaterials for the energy sector. Finally, Prof. Sergey Gavrilov, Vice-Rector of the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (National Research University), showed how the Zelenorgad nanocluster has been developed recently in nanoelectronics.

The afternoon session focused on a brainstorming on future topics for R&D cooperation between Russia and the EU. After a brief introduction of Dr. Thomas Reiss, concerning first ideas for such joint topics based on NANORUCER results, and further discussion, the experts from Russian research institutes agreed on possible themes for cooperation in the six fields such as nanobiotechnology, nanoelectronics, nanomagnetics, nanooptics, nanomechanics, and nanomaterials. In each of these fields, a number of topics was identified and mapped against two dimensions – research intensity in Russia and need for cooperation with European partners. The results of the working groups were presented and discussed with the workshop audience. All in all, the NANORUCER workshop provided a rich and constructive input to the further work of the NANORUCER project.

The next steps will be a workshop with EU researchers in March in Brussels to develop the list of topics they are interested in, and a workshop with EU-Russian experts and researchers in April to develop a joint agenda for cooperation and collaborative projects.

The NANORUCER project is carried out by a joint European-Russian project team. The lead partner is the Fraunhofer Society in Germany, represented by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovations Research (Fraunhofer ISI) and the Fraunhofer Nanotechnology Alliance. The Russian partner is the Institute for the Study of Science of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISS RAS). The responsible project coordinator is Dr. Thomas Reiss (Fraunhofer ISI). Dr. Nadezhda Gaponenko is the responsible scientist of the Russian project partner ISS RAS.

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