Roadmap for Russian-German cooperation was signed

News, 11 December 2018

In the frames of a working visit of Federal Minister of Education and Research of Germany Anja Karliczek, a bilateral negotiation was held in the House of the Government of the Russian Federation. The Russian delegation was represented by Deputy Minister of the Government of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova, Aide to the RF President Andrei Fursenko, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Mikhail Kotyukov, First Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Grigory Trubnikov.

During the discussions, Russia and Germany outlined plans for scientific and technological cooperation for the next decade having signed a “Roadmap” for cooperation of the two countries.

The parties agreed to make considerable efforts to support young scientists and young talents. An important principle of the bilateral cooperation is also the interaction of science, society, and economics of both countries.

“I would like to note that the main addresses of the roadmap are our scientific and educational communities, that is why we agreed with our German colleagues to hold in the next year not only a regular meeting of Russian-German joint commission on scientific and technological cooperation but also a Russian-German scientific forum in the frames of which the roadmap will be presented to a wide scientific community,” Kotyukov said, having added that the forum would take place about a year later.

In the course of talks, the German party highlighted that the Russian sector of science and technology has the unique potential. Among promising fields of cooperation, there is the large research infrastructure of mega-science level. In particular, German partners confirmed their readiness to participate in projects on the basis of the “PIC” research reactor as well as the complex of superconducting rings at colliding heavy-ion beams NICA. Relevant agreements between Russian and German scientific organizations will be signed in spring 2019 in the framework of a regular meeting of Joint Russian-German Commission for Scientific and Technical Cooperation.

“Education and science greatly contribute to mutual understanding of peoples and to scientific cooperation. Now, we have signed the “roadmap”, I came to Moscow specially for this purpose. We have set ambitious tasks for the next 10 years. Moreover, we have already been basing on a long-term, diverse and full of trust cooperation in the fields of education, science and research, which provides the fundamental basis for further cooperation,” Minister of Education and Research of Germany Anja Karliczek said.

The meeting was also attended by President of NRC “Kurchatov Institute” Mikhail Kovalchuk, Director of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research Victor Matveev, Member of the Board of the Jülich Research Centre Sebastian Schmidt and Scientific Leader of the Centre for Antiproton and Ion Research and the Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research Paolo Giubellino.

Both parties highlighted mutual confidence that the dynamic Russian-German scientific and educational dialogue will continue to make a significant contribution to establishing strong mutually beneficial and equal relations of our countries in the future. Moreover, representatives of both delegations greeted the joint manifest of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Russia and Germany adopted on 6 December 2018 on holding a cross-year of Russian-German scientific and educational partnership in 2018 – 2020.

According the information of the Minobrnauki