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Moscow conference to discuss innovation personnel training

March 22, 2012, 10:37 UTC+3
The conference is devoted not just to space education, but also to its specific sphere
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MOSCOW, March 22 (Itar-Tass) — The problems of personnel training for innovative breakthroughs in space for the first time will be discussed by officials, scientists and educators at a scientific conference that is opening in Moscow on Thursday.

“The first all-Russian scientific-practical conference on ‘Problematic issues of using the potential of higher educational institutions for training and advanced training of specialists in the sphere of in the use of space activities’ results, as well as ensuring competitiveness of the national space products and services’ will be held at the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) on March 22-23,” the Skolkovo Foundation that is one of the organisers of the forum, told Itar-Tass.

“The conference is devoted not just to space education, but also to its specific sphere - training of personnel in the field of the use of space activities’ results,” Director for the development of the cluster of space technology and telecommunications of Skolkovo Dmitry Paison explained.

The conference participants (representatives of the Federal Space Agency and Ministry of Education and Science, enterprise of the rocket and space industry and Russian regions, specialised institutions and the Russian Academy of Sciences) has set the main goal - to combine efforts and resources of the rocket-space industry enterprises, the leading universities and regions of the country in order to create and effectively use the national competitive products, services and technologies of the space industry to meet the needs of end users. In addition, they will try to develop a common approach to the issues of training and upgrading of skills of specialists in the sphere of the use of space activities’ results.

“Higher education establishments are the ‘cradles of start-ups,’” Executive Director of the Skolkovo a cluster of space technology and telecommunications Sergei Zhukov said. “According to him, “So, we expect that by actively participating in this interaction, we will be able to attract new members to the Skolkovo Foundation and see new niches of the Russian market of space products and services.”

Skolkovo Foundation is the principal agency responsible for Skolkovo Innovation Centre, a scientific and technological centre for the development and commercialisation of advanced technologies. It is a Russian non-profit organisation founded in 2010 and charged by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with creating a new science and technology development centre in the Moscow suburb of Skolkovo.

The organisers of the conference, in addition to the Skolkovo Foundation, are Roskosmos and the REKOD Research and Production Corporation - the umbrella organisation for the preparation and implementation of joint agreements, programs and projects with the subjects of the Russian Federation and other consumers in the use of space activities’ results.

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