21.10.2014 - 26.10.2014 | Moscow
The UK-Russia Chemistry Week organised by the UK's Royal Society of Chemistry took place in Moscow on 21-26 October 2014 and aimed to support innovation, understanding and collaboration in chemistry between the UK and Russia. It featured four specific strands looking at themes with specific appeal to Russian audience: industry, publishing, chemical informatics and education.
The first three topics were covered as a part of the Chemistry+ exhibition in Moscow. A range of different discussion sessions, open forums and presentations were held to bring together academics, industrialists and others working in the chemical sciences.
Impression from the UK-Russia Chemistry Week | © Stuart Govan, Royal Society of Chemistry
The opening event focused on industry in Russia. The event was opened by Professor David Phillips, former president of the Royal Society of Chemistry; Professor Natalia Tarasova, incoming president of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC); Barbara Habberjam, Minister Counsellor at the British Embassy Moscow; and Alan Thompson, Director of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. Key industry representatives highlighted both the opportunities and challenges of encouraging innovation and technology transfer in Russia and representatives from SMEs and universities shared experiences of industry-academia collaboration.
Opening speaker Tatiana Schofield from Synergy Lab said about the day: “The innovation in industry forum provided a great opportunity to showcase best innovative practice. This event has made a great contribution towards unlocking synergy potentials between universities, industry and the public sector.”
Her feelings were echoed by Kendrick White of Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod who explained that it “was a terrific opportunity to meet world-class chemistry experts, share experience and make new contacts.”
The second day focused on supporting Russian scientists in promoting and sharing their knowledge. It provided a platform to discuss the changing publishing landscape in Russia and the UK, with a focus on Open Access. The event was chaired by the University of Nottingham’s Professor, Foreign Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society Martyn Poliakoff.
Finally, the sessions on cheminformatics on the third day highlighted advanced work in mining research data and the role that Russian scientists have played in these developments. Participants also had the opportunity to share best practice and explore potential new collaborations.
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