The commercial use of scientific innovations will be discussed at the Forum
The Fifth International Forum, ``From Science to Business: modern interaction between universities and the high-tech industry,’’ opened today in St. Petersburg. ExpoForum is one of the organizers.
"Thanks to attractive investment opportunities, the volume of foreign investment and its scientific potential, St. Petersburg is one of Russia's leading innovative centers,'' said Kirill Soloveichik, deputy chairman of St. Petersburg 's City Committee for Economic Development, Industrial Policy and Trade during the opening ceremony. ''This is exactly why St. Petersburg is the most suitable city to host the Forum; it's a meeting place for innovations from the East and the West."
The growing co-operation between universities and business, driven by a constant need to exchange knowledge and experience about efficient and effective business practices, makes the Forum relevant. The state also significantly contributes to the ongoing trend, by taking measures to promote the commercial use of scientific research, technology transfer, the application of innovations, and also to encourage cooperation between universities and companies.
The forum runs until May 13. Among the speakers are: Oleg Alekseev, vice-president and head of education and research at the Skolkovo Foundation; Nikolai Mikhailov, advisor to the chairman of the board of directors at AFK Sistema; Nikolai Toivonen, rector of the St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics; Victor Avdeev, general director of UNIHIMTEK, and head of the chemical engineering and new materials department at the Moscow State University; and others.
Anatoly Erkulov, ExpoForum's general director, said it is not a coincidence that St. Petersburg will be home to Russia's first convention and exhibition centre that meets the highest international standards. "ExpoForum will become a platform for dialogue and cooperation among all parties interested in the country's innovative development: government, science and business. We planned the convention centre itself as a revolutionary product; therefore the issue of transfer of technology, research and development is particularly interesting for us,'' he added.
On May 31, 2011, St Petersburg’s Natural Gas Forum 2011 began working. ExpoForum, along with Gazprom Natural Gas Distribution, and FarExpo, are the organizers of this event. The Forum intends to unite natural gas industry experts from all over Russia. Exhibition and business programs will focus on the modernization of the industry, field development, production, transportation, processing, and the storage and distribution of gas.
ExpoForum JSC received permission from the St. Petersburg State Service for Construction Supervision and Expertise to drive the first piles in the foundation of the future international convention and exhibition centre.
On May 18 St. Petersburg's Smolny Cathedral concert hall was the scene of a concert by the duet, In-Temporalis. ExpoForum and the St. Petersburg Gas Forum sponsored the event. This marked the launch of In-Temporalis' tour of major Russian cities.
The new concert program of the St. Petersburg duo, In-Temporalis, which performs classical music into a modern interpretation, will be held May 18 at the Smolny Cathedral. This is also the group's start of a grand tour around Russia that will last until the spring of 2012.
In 2012, with support from the Chinese Educational Association for International Exchanges (CEAIE), ExpoForum will organize an exhibition for Chinese universities.