Speaking at RUSNANO’s 2nd Nanotechnology International Forum (Russia, 2009)
On the 6-8 of October 2009, the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO), established to enable Government policy in the field of Nanotechnology, organised its Second Nanotechnology International Forum.
The Forum was opened by the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, who emphasized that the nanotechnology development is of special importance for the national economy. As noted by the head of the state, the nanotechnology investment program implemented in the country is the largest in the world with 318 billion roubles to be allocated for this purpose until 2015. Forum events were also attended by Sergey Ivanov, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Government, Boris Gryzlov, the Chairman of the State Duma, and other public officers. The leaders of the state visited the exhibition of the latest nanotechnology developments, paying special attention to the exhibits presented by Russian participants.
The key topics on the Forum’s business agenda were: using nanotechnologies in conventional and hi-tech industries, identifying promising areas of nanotechnology development and generating nanotechnology project strategies, building up sound financial and technological infrastructure for the innovation economy, training academic managers. Representatives of foreign companies and universities talked about experience in start-ups, tools for financing nanotechnology developments and country-specific innovation systems in Israel, Finland, the USA, France, Germany, the UK, South Korea, and some other countries.
The Forum involved over 11,000 politicians, businessmen, and scientists from Russia and other countries. The nanotechnology project exhibition was visited by over 10,000 people. The “scientific block” of the Forum consisted of 17 science and technology sections with 221 panel and 197 poster presentations made, plus 508 poster presentations by the participants of the Second International Competition of Scientific Papers for Young Researchers.
The Programme of the Forum included a session on foresight, roadmaps and indicators for nanotechnology and nanoindustry where I was invited to talk about the iKNOW project’s Use of Weak Signals for Nanotechnology Foresight.