Russian Academy of Sciences reform long overdue

The management system of the Russian Academy of Sciences requires a re-organization, but the government will influence this reform just partially, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

"Reforms within the Academy of Sciences are certainly long overdue. And it is not a question of a ratio between young and mature [scientists]. It is impossible to determine an exact ratio, and it would not be serious. But what we really need to do is change the management system and involve young people in the adoption of management decisions to a far greater extent," he said at a meeting with Open Government experts in Novosibirsk.

"The state can influence it, but do so in a limited manner. The Academy of Sciences is an individual system, and if we start to tell it directly how to act, the Academy of Sciences, in this case, will cease to exist as a public structure, although it is state-public," Medvedev said. The prime minister said he was deeply convinced that "the academy's reform is a task facing both the state and the Academy of Sciences itself."

"If the Academy fails to properly reform itself on its own, I do not know what will happen to it in 10-15 years because problems continue to pile up within the academy, they exist," Medvedev said.

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