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2nd Skoltech Research Center Proposer’s Conference July 9-10, 2012

The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announce the 2nd Research Center Proposer’s Conference to be held on July 9-10, 2012 in Skolkovo, Moscow Region, Russia. The conference provides a forum to learn about and plan for research center proposals in response to an important collaboration opportunity.

The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a new private graduate university located in Moscow Region, Russia. Skoltech was established in 2011 in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Skoltech aims to advance education, scholarship and economic development in the Russian Federation and beyond by educating leading graduate students and conducting research programs that address key challenges in science, technology and innovation.

In support of this mission, Skoltech has announced three rounds of Call for Proposals for Skoltech Research Centers (web.mit.edu/SkTech/rc-call/). This program funds collaborative, inter-disciplinary and international research teams using innovative approaches in science and technology with high potential impact. Particular emphasis is placed in and across the fields of Biomedical Science and Technology, Energy Science and Technology, Information Science and Technology, Nuclear Science and Technology, and Space Science and Technology.

In the first round call for research center white papers, which ended March 13, 2012, Skoltech received 129 submissions from over 360 universities and research institutions representing Russia and over 20 countries. The proposing teams had many outstanding scientists, including six Nobel Laureates, one Fields Medal winner and numerous national academy members as well as many outstanding young researchers. Upon completion of this first competition, the first three research centers will be established.

The second round call for research center proposal white papers is now beginning. In support of this round, the 2nd Skoltech Research Center Proposers Conference on July 9-10, 2012 will provide participants a platform to discuss issues related to practical approaches in creation of joint research centers, as well as opportunities for integrated support of international collaborative research and other innovative initiatives.

The program of the two-day event will be composed of presentations performed by Skoltech, MIT and the invited speakers and will include the following topics:

  • General overview of the Skoltech research centers program;
  • Research foresights and innovative strategies for future centers and potential involvement of scientific and expert communities;
  • Opportunities for international partnership and collaboration.

The conference program will also include presentation sessions where researchers will be able to present their current activities and proposals for future cooperation within the Skoltech program, to help identify new partnering opportunities with other participants.

Potential university and institute research proposers, as well as experts, government officials, and senior leaders of the research institutes from Russia, Europe, Asia, the USA, and other countries are invited to participate in this event. Keynote speakers will the President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, the Skoltech/MIT Initiative Faculty Lead from MIT, and prominent representatives of the Russian Federation and Skolkovo Foundation.

Persons/organizations interested in participating in the conference are welcomed to register online and can find more details about the event from the conference link at the Skoltech website (www.skolkovotech.ru). Registration for the event will be open from April 28 until June 17, 2012. Upon registration for the conference, the applicant will be sent a preliminary agenda and, if relevant, presentation details.

Contact information
For program/participation related issues:

Sergey Temeev
Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
E-mail: pc2@skolkovotech.ru
tel: (7-495) 280 1481 (3212)
fax: (7-495) 280 1482

For general matters / logistical / visa / accomodation support issues:

Olga Shetkova
Unifest Travel
E-mail: moscowsk2012@gmail.com
Tel +7-495-234 65 55 ext.359
Fax +7-495-234 65 56 ext.23