More than 100 winners of the competition to support young leaders of research groups, which was conducted by the Russian Science Foundation within the Presidential Funding Programme, participated in the conference «Leaders of Science». Young participants discussed with Aide to the President of the Russian Federation Andrey Fursenko, First Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Grigory Trubnikov, Rector of MSU Viktor Sadovnichy and RSF Director General Alexander Khlunov how these projects may response to the “grand challenges” listed in the Strategy of Scientific and Technological Development of the Russian Federation and what place is designated to the young scientists in the national project “Science”. The event was organized by the RSF and MSU at the MSU building on November 1-2.
One of the main aims of the conference is to shape the community of successful young researchers, the leaders in their subject areas. More than 100 researchers participated in the event, representing 22 Russian cities and nine branches of knowledge ranging from math and biology to physics and agricultural sciences. Their projects deal with the whole spectrum of research problems, so called “grand challenges”, specified in the Strategy of Scientific and Technological Development of the Russian Federation such as shift to digital technologies, personalized medicine, environmentally clean and resource-saving energy, highly efficient agriculture and aquaculture, advance of smart transportation and telecommunication systems etc.
The winners of the Presidential Programme of research projects – young leaders of research groups who need not only to understand the instruments of research activities' management but also the trends of public policy in science and higher education. The participants of the conference had a chance to learn more about these topics through series of lectures and workshops from representatives of government bodies, research funders and other relevant stakeholders.