Russia-EU Year of Science 2014 launched in Moscow

The Opening Ceremonies of the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014 were held in Moscow on Nov. 25. The Year of Science is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the Russian Ministry of Education and Science.

According to Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, the Year of Science is "a chance to look into the future and renew our scientific relationship." She noted that 273 Russian scientific organizations are awarded EU grants amounting to 64,000,000 Euros ($ 83,000,000) annually. This year European researchers received 31 Russian grants.

"Currently Russia is involved in 298 projects. More than 400 Russian organizations are full-fledged partners in projects that are being carried out at different sites within the EU," said Olga Golodets, a Russian deputy prime minister. She noted that more than 2,000 Russian scientists are involved in projects such as CERN; the European X-ray Free Electron Laser in Hamburg; and the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in Cadarache, France.

About 200 events will be held in Russia and EU member states as part of the Year of Science. Among the events planned are the "Biotechnology: Status Quo and Outlook of Development" International Congress in Moscow; "The Way to the Stars" International Youth Science and Technology Forum in Moscow, Paris and Noordwijk; and the EU-Russia Researchers' Mobility Forum in Brussels.

For more information about the Year, visit the website.

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