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Science and Innovation Delegation Travels to Moscow

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
February 28, 2011


Date: 2011 Description: Dr. Holdren addresses an audience at Bauman University in Russia. © U.S. Embassy Moscow photo

The Science and Technology Working Group, the Education Sub-Working Group, and the U.S.-Russia Innovation Council on High Technology (ICHT), a public-private sector initiative promoting technology innovation, participated in the first ever “Science and Innovation Week” in Moscow. Dr. John Holdren, U.S. Presidential Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Dr. Andrey Fursenko, the Russian Minister of Education and Science led discussions on increasing scientific collaboration on nanotechnology, information technology/e-government, and climate science and technology. Joint projects and initiatives were identified in the following areas:

  • Information Technology/e-government: An exchange of expertise on the use of IT in government to promote efficiency, transparency, and increased public engagement; developing innovation challenges and a joint U.S.-Russia code-a-thon; and launching an e-government pilot project in Russia’s Far East.
  • Climate Science and Technology: Areas of extreme precipitation over the U.S. and Russia under climate change; the fluctuations of CO2, methane, and water vapor in the Arctic region; the degradation of subsea permafrost in the Arctic and the consequences for emissions; the joint long-term census of changing climatic conditions in the Arctic; and the carbon budgets of Russian and North American forests under climate change and changing forestry practices.
  • Nanotechnology: Small research grants to the establishment of a joint nano-bioscience center; cooperation between the U.S.-based Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and Russian Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials (TISNCM) on advanced X-ray optics; and collaboration between TISNCM and the NanoTech Institute at the University of Dallas on Carbon Nanotubes.

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