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Joint Report: 2009-2010 Results of the U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission: Science and Technology

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

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Science and Technology:
U.S. Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy John Holdren and
Russian Minister of Education and Science Andrey Fursenko

Inter-Agency Participants:



White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

National Security Council

Department of State

Department of Energy

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Department of Interior

Ministry of Education and Science (MES)

Ministry of Communications and Mass Media

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Russian Academy of Sciences

Kurchatov Institute

RUSNANO State Corporation

Dates Group Convened:

October 2009:

Dr. John Holdren and Minister Fursenko met in Moscow.

January 2010:

Minister Fursenko met with Department of Education, OSTP, and Department of State officials in Washington.

April 2010:

Nanotechnology Sub-Working Group meeting held in Washington.

April 2010:

Minister Fursenko and Dr. Holdren led Working Group meeting in Washington.


In April 2010, co-chairs met in Washington D.C., and agreed to develop cooperation in nanotechnology, IT, climate science and technology. Co-Chairs also discussed obstacles to science cooperation, including tax, customs duties, and visa issues. Following the meeting, the Russian delegation, which included Russian university rectors, participated in a roundtable with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During a visit to the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, Illinois, the Russian delegation held talks on expanding the topic of bilateral science and technology cooperation.

  • Nanotechnology: In April 2010, a Russian delegation headed by Deputy Minister of Education and Science S.N. Mazurenko visited the United States for a Sub-Working Group meeting. The delegation included high-level representatives of the Russian MES, RUSNANO, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and representatives of the administration of a number of federal universities and national research institutes. The U.S. side was headed by Clayton Teague, Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and other participants included a cross-section of Federal program managers and science advisors, academicians, and industry representatives. Participants discussed achievements in four areas (1) nano-materials for energy, (2) nanotechnology-related environmental, health, and safety research, (3) standardization, certification, and metrology, and (4) education and workforce development in the field of nanotechnology.

  • Climate Change Science and Technology: In April 2010, U.S. and Russian experts agreed on possible avenues for cooperation, agreement was reached on the following areas for joint research: modeling and predicting global climate change using supercomputers; development of technologies for adaptation and mitigation of global climate change; and, monitoring, study, and modeling of the carbon and methane cycles.

  • Information Technology: Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation S. Sobyanin, Minister Fursenko, and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra exchanged ideas on inter-government cooperation on e-government in Boston in January and in February 2010, during meetings of the Innovation Dialogue in Moscow. In March 2010, with support of the Innovation Dialogue, Chopra and Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media Shchegolev held a videoconference on e-government and cooperation in the field of information technology. Representatives of leading U.S. and Russian companies also participated. In April 2010, at the meeting of U.S. and Russian officials in Washington, the sides agreed on specific areas of collaboration: distance learning, e-government, collaboration on Internet projects and broader citizen engagement, as well as the development of research in the field of high-performance computer systems to perform research tasks.

Agenda for Future:

  • For practical application of joint undertakings, both existing and new mechanisms for cooperation will be employed, including federal targeted programs: the program for attracting leading scientists to Russian institutions of higher education, the program of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, the U.S. Department of State’s Embassy Science Fellows Program, the Fulbright program, the U.S. National Science Foundation’s programs in international research and education, research exchange programs, and joint workshops.

  • Nanotechnology: Development of a detailed study of and agreement on topics offering the potential for promising joint research. Identification of specific scientific research institutions and organizations, key contacts, and the individuals responsible for each of the priority areas.

  • Climate Science and Technology: Additional experts meetings have been planned in order to discuss the topics of monitoring GHG emissions, study of the carbon cycle, modeling of ongoing natural processes, and adaptation to climate change.

  • Information Technology: Development and implementation of joint government-to-government projects. Launch of program to intensify collaboration between our peoples.

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