Putin will meet with academicians of the Russian Academy of Sciences

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday will meet with academicians of the Russian Academy of Sciences, reported the press service of the Kremlin.

«Vladimir Putin will hold a regular meeting with academicians of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The meeting will be attended by the heads of leading universities and institutes, and the Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation», — stated in the message.

Vacant position

Russian Academy of Sciences in April of this year is actually the beginning of a new campaign for the elections of its head. The eleventh of April, the Presidium of the RAS approved the new provision on elections of the President of the Academy of Sciences and the date — 26 September this year. Then the RAS Presidium adopted an updated regulation on the procedure of holding the General meeting for the election of the head of the Academy of Sciences.

First, after starting in 2013, the reform of the RAS elections of the President of the Academy of Sciences was originally supposed to go through March 22 this year at its General meeting. Presidential candidates ran were was the then head of the Academy of Sciences academician Vladimir Fortov, Chairman of the Board of the Russian Foundation for basic research, a specialist in laser physics, Director of the Institute on laser and information technologies academician Vladislav Panchenko and specialist in the field of life Sciences, Director of the Institute of molecular biology Engelgard academician Alexander Makarov.

The twentieth of March at a General meeting of the RAS they all withdrew their candidacy. This decision was made in order to give the possibility to Refine the rules governing the election of the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Statute of the Academy of Sciences, making them more advanced. Elections it was decided to move in the fall.

Powers Fortov as President of the RAS has expired on March 27. The decree of the RF government on March 23, the acting head of the RAS was appointed Valery Kozlov.

At the same time, according to Putin, the President should not nominate candidates for the position of head of the Russian Academy of Sciences, he may approve it only after the election of academicians.

Speaking about his recent meetings with leading scientists of the country, Putin noted that all about the same view on what is happening at the Academy.

«We must ensure that science leadership, which would work for the main goal, which would provide us with a leading edge in the world of science, would provide us with internal technological progress in the understanding of the importance of basic research», — he said.

He said that generally agreed with the opinion of scientists on further management science.

Meanwhile, according to acting President of Sciences Valery Kozlov, the state has always supported the Russian Academy of Sciences, participated in her life, and this tradition must continue.

This statement was supported by the rector of Moscow state University Viktor Sadovnichy, who in 2008-2013, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences. «All the government cares about the science,» he said. «There are different issues,» — said Sadovnichy. «Scientific policy, of course, produce scientists, this direction should be free, the only way to make progress, and all the other issues associated with the life of Russian Academy of Sciences, — where the state helps,» he said.

The bill

In turn, the state Duma hope that the draft law on the election of the President of the RAS can be adopted before the end of the spring session, Chairman of the Committee on science and education Vyacheslav Nikonov.

«There are really three main points. The first is that different sections of the Academy, regional offices and groups of members of the Academy may nominate candidates for the leadership of the Academy, the nominations are consistent with the government of the Russian Federation, submitted to a voting Academy. Then the one who was elected by a majority of votes of the members of the Academy appointed by the President of the Russian Federation. The scheme seems to me quite Mature, working», — said Nikonov.

«I think we have every reason to hope that the adoption of this law in this session of the state Duma to the Academy of Sciences as she planned, on September 25 of this year, conducted the election of the President of the Academy on the basis of the new law,» — said Nikonov.

The reform of the RAS

In the course of the reform of the RAS to the «big» Academy of Sciences was annexed by the Russian Academy of medical Sciences and the Russian Academy of agricultural Sciences. Scientific institutions placed under the control of the Federal Agency of scientific organizations (FANO). The RAS has repeatedly called FANO attempts to intervene in the management of research one of the main problems in the reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and proposed to legislate the separation of powers between the two organizations by the rule of «two keys».

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