10.02.2015 [News]

ISTC – International Science and Technology Center discusses Scientific Strategy at Internationl Conference in Brussels on 25 February

The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) was founded in 1992 as a multigovernment nonproliferation programme. Today it is an international organisation connecting scientists from Russia, and other countries of the CIS with their peers in the EU, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway and the United States.

A new agreement on the continuation of ISTC is about to be finalised. On 25 February a 'Scientific Strategy Meeting' in Brussels will discuss the future scientific priorities and funding mechanisms. The ISTC Headquaters have already temporarily taken office on the premises of Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, and will move to the new Science Park there in 2016. The Moscow office is expected to close in 2015.

At these important crossroads, it is important to continue a dcussion process that started in 2014 at the initaitive of the Japanese party. It is now proposed to deepen this reflection and define clear funding priorities for the coming years, taking into account

  • the complexity of current S&T developments and there often multidisciplianry nature;
  • the need to strengthen networks among scientists and their institutions to promote mutilateral cooperation;
  • a number of limiting factors such as scarce financial resources.

The discussion will inter alia address the following topics:

  • identify future scientific priority areas for ISTC;
  • describe appropriate funding mechanisms (including semi-public and private entities);
  • design specific activities targeted at young scientists.


Foundation Universitare, 11 Rue d’Egmont, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

(The meeting will be preceded by a dinner offered by the European Commission on 24 February at Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi).


Please download the preliminary agenda.


David Cleave
Executive Director
ISTC, Krasnoproletarskaya Ulitsa 32-34, PO Box 20,
27473, Moscow, Russian Federation,
Tel: +7 495 9823112 / Fax +7 495 9786237 / Mob:+7 903 720 6125
Web: http://www.istc.ru/
E- mail: cleave@istc.int

Source and further information: ISTC

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