A series of executive meetings held at Rosatom Technical Academy (Rosatom Tech) were devoted to the development of a comprehensive strategy for launching a working platform designed to consolidate key industry players, higher education and research institutes (the academia) as well as establishing a framework for digitization efforts.
The new platform brought together key stakeholders including Rosatom’s Innovation management Division, and research and development managing company “Science and Innovation”; “Office for Digital Transformation of the Industry”, investors from the private sector, independent research and development firms; as well as non-industry partners including representatives from non-profit organization “Data Economy”, leading IT-firms and the academia.
December 19, 2017, marked the first Strategic Session of the new platform and featured a seminar titled “Integrated Nuclear Knowledge Infrastructure”. The introductory lecture was presented by Rosatom Tech’s Vice-Rector Prof. V. Artisyuk. The lecture concentrated on the IAEA’s efforts in the field of knowledge management, collaboration between Rosatom Tech and the IAEA, in particular, the Joint Rosatom-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management Schools (NEMS) conducted in 2016-17. The topic of national nuclear programme development was expanded upon by the Director for Nuclear Infrastructure at JSC Rusatom Service, Ms Y. Chernyahovskaya, who examined key development issues facing newcomer countries and the steps industry experts can take to address them.
During the second Strategic Session, held on January 11, representatives from Rosatom Tech focused on international initiatives in establishing a collaborative mechanism between academia and industry. This was underscored by Mr I. Filipiev, who presented IAEA’s Green Frontiers Initiative (GFI) aimed at stimulating international partnership between universities in the field of nuclear research, technological development and innovation. Additionally, Mr. E.Varseev presented NEST, a European science education programme; and prompted a discussion regarding collaborative opportunities between the EU and Russia in the sphere of research and innovation.
Taking into account the targets set by the document “Formation of Research Competences and Technological Reserves” and the Federal Programme “Digital Economy of the Russian Federation”, decisions agreed upon in the Strategic Sessions should be viewed not just as routine IT-solutions but rather opportunities to broaden the scope of possible cooperation between the nuclear energy sector and the academia on a domestic and global scale.