News in 2012


Bioindustry 2012 and Innovative Biotechnologies in the Countries of the Eurasian Economic Community

Biotechnology is a foundation for the innovative development of the Russian economy. Such is the opinion of the speakers at the opening ceremony of Bioindustry 2012 and the Innovative Biotechnology in the Countries of the Eurasian Economic Community international scientific conference, which took place on 11 October at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex.

Exhibitors and visitors were welcomed by the Scientific Director of the exhibition, Igor Tikhonovich, Director of the All-Russia Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology RAAS and Fellow of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Vladimir Debabov, Scientific Director of the Genetica State Research Institute for Genetics and Selection of Industrial Microorganisms, Fellow of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Emilia Kolomiets, Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus; Leonid Chervyakov, First Pro-Rector of South-West State University and representative of the Ministry of Education and Science; and Sergei Voronkov, Executive Director of ExpoForum, the exhibition organiser.

The speakers remarked on the significance of biotechnology in the modern world. According to Vladimir Debabov, natural energy resources will be exhausted in the foreseeable future. It is innovative biotechnologies which can then be called on to form a so-called bioeconomy. Emilia Kolomiets stressed the importance of exhibitions such as Bioindustry, where Belarusian scientists and manufacturers were able to show their innovative developments for the first time. The Eurasian Economic Community Innovative Technologies programme, of which Kolomiets is Director, played a significant role in this. Sergei Voronkov, Executive Director of ExpoForum, added that this exhibition was three times larger than the previous one: there are around 200 unique innovations on show, 80 of which are ready for industrial and commercial use. “This exhibition mirrors the economy”, he noted. “Today, Bioindustry, now a fully-fledged congress and exhibition, can meet any modern economic challenges.”

At the ‘Condition and Prospects for Developing the Bioindustry in Russia and the Countries of the Eurasian Economic Community’ press conference, Igor Tikhonovich, Scientific Director of Bioindustry 2012, told the audience that the USSR had supplied approximately 30% of the global market for goods produced using biotechnology. “Unfortunately, for Russia today that figure is no more than 2%”, he added. “Therefore, it could be said that this sector is, basically, in an embryonic state.” One issue which Tikhonovich singled out as a matter of priority, and which Bioindustry 2012 could help to resolve, was the revival of biotechnological production, not only as an important factor in producing, for example, unique medicines, but also in solving the problem of food security. “In today’s world, food security issues are of paramount importance”, he noted. “About one billion people do not have access to elementary foodstuffs. At the same time, it should be remembered that approximately one third of all agricultural products goes to waste.”

Following her colleague’s speech, Emilia Kolomiets explained how the Republic of Belarus is currently implementing five state programmes to support the biotechnology industry. In addition, a presidential decree is being drawn up which would give the Academy of Sciences of Belarus the functions of an executive agency, monitoring the development of the sector. “I am very pleased that the Eurasian Economic Community Innovative Biotechnologies programme can help coordinate the work of Russian and Belarusian scientists and manufacturers, so that our countries’ economies can compete with foreign markets”, she added.

Drawing the press conference to a conclusion, Debabov also stressed the paramount importance of developing bioindustry. “In the world today, there is a strong tendency to switch from petrochemicals to renewable biological sources. At the same time, biotechnology is developing two to three times faster than chemicals.” According to experts, it is vital to bring innovation in bioindustry up to international standards, meaning production costs would be slashed, not only in agriculture, but also in industry, pharmaceuticals, and other areas of the economy.


Exhibition of creative work by Russian cadets opens at Suvorov Military School

Today saw the opening of an exhibition of creative work by pupils from military schools across Russia, organised by the Department of Education of the Russian Ministry of Defence.


Baltic Marine Festival to showcase Russian motor and sailing boats abroad

In 2013, the Baltic Marine Festival will double its presence at BOOT, the largest yachting industry exhibition in the world, which is being held in D?sseldorf from 1927 January.


ExpoForum to help cadets showcase their creativity

From 2527 October 2012, St Petersburg will host an exhibition of creative works by pupils from Russian Ministry of Defence secondary schools, in honour of the 70th anniversary of the Suvorov movement in Russia.


ExpoForum named Attractive Employer 2012 has paid tribute to the recruitment work of ExpoForum, the high level of interest it attracts from job seekers, and its competitive salaries.


ExpoForum International enters tourism market in St Petersburg and abroad

This new line of business is part of ExpoForums strategy for development.


All-inclusive corporate events to take place at Lenexpo

In the run-up to the New Year celebrations, leading players in the St. Petersburg events industry gathered together for a breakfast meeting to learn about the new package deal on corporate events at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex.


Industry in the Limelight

ExpoForum has won the tender to run the ExpoPetersburg exhibition.


Bioindustry 2012 Exhibition Draws to a Close

At the closing ceremony, prizes were awarded to the winners of the Innovative Biotechnology Solutions contest.


Legendary Aquarist Heiko Bleher a Big Hit among Participants and Visitors at Zoosphere 2012.

In his lecture, the world-famous hydrobiologist explained that some fish are able to survive without water.


Transtec to Move to New Convention and Exhibition Centre in 2014

On 4 October 2012 a presentation of the Neva 2013 and Transtec 2014 sea and transport congress and exhibition projects took place at Lenexpo as part of the Transtec 2012 International Exhibition and Conference for the Development of Ports and the Shipping Industry.


Twelfth Transtec International Exhibition and Conference Opens

From 2 to 4 October, Transtec 2012 will present the potential of Russias ports and its transport and logistics system on the international stage, as well as showcase the achievements of national science and industry. Experts in the field of river and sea navigation from Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and other countries will meet at the exhibition.