Pavilion 5, Conference Hall 5.1

In recent years, Russia has strived to maintain its leadership in scientific research in such areas as physics, space and aeronautics, and policymakers are working with educational institutions and businesses to not only strengthen R&D in areas of traditional expertise, but also spur further research in geosciences, chemistry, computing and others areas.

1) What challenges are the Russian education and science communities facing in maintaining R&D leadership?
2) How should Russian educational institutions adjust their strategies to spur Russian R&D? How might international universities and research institutions, as well as the private sector support these efforts?
3) How important is basic scientific research to developing Russia’s innovation capabilities? And for global development?

Oleg Kharkhordin , Rector, European University in St. Petersburg

Harley Balzer , Member of the Governing Council of the Basic Research and Higher Education Programme
James Wolfensohn , Chairman, Wolfensohn and Company L.L.C.
John J. DeGioia , President, Georgetown University
Henry Rosovsky , Geyser University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Konstantin Severinov , Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Stanislav Smirnov , Professor, Geneva University; Director of the Chebyshev Laboratory, St. Petersburg State University
Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Andrei Fursenko , Aide to the President of the Russian Federation