25.11.2013 - 27.11.2013 | Moscow
The EU-Russia Year of Science was celebrated with a colourful and high-ranking opening ceremony on Monday, 25 November 2013 in Moscow. More than 300 guests from science, politics, business and media attended at Moscow's impressive 'Radisson Royal' Congress Center, also known as the famous Hotel 'Ukraina'.
The Russian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov and the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn welcomed the guests. They and other high-ranking speakers from politics and science – among them two Ministers of EU member states – underlined the rich prospects and possibilities of future EU-Russian cooperation in science and innovation. The Year of Science will highlight the diversity and the richness of links between the European Union, the EU Members States and the Russian Federation in all areas of science and technology.
After weeks of intensive preparations, this joint Russian-European initiative commenced on Monday, 25 November with a high-ranking opening ceremony at Moscow's impressive 'Radisson Royal' Congress Center, also known as the famous Hotel 'Ukraina'. The Russian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov and the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn welcomed the assembled guests from the fields of science, politics, business, and media. Speakers from science, business and politics – among them ministers from EU member states – contributed to the festive launch ceremony in the heart of the Russian capital.
This launch ceremony was followed by a high-ranking conference on the future potential of EU-Russian science, technology and innovation cooperation on Tuesday, 26 November. At this conference, hosted by the Moscow State University, experts from science and innovation as well as policy stakeholders discussed their vision towards future EU‐Russia STI cooperation. The event was opened by the European Commission’s Director-General for Research and Innovation and the Russian Deputy Minister for Education and Science.
The opening events of the Year of Science concluded on Wednesday, 27 November with a 'Breakfast Session' on opportunities for Future EU‐Russia Joint Projects within the prestigious premises of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. During this event, opportunities for future EU-Russia joint STI projects were presented and discussed. Special attention was given to the new framework programme Horizon 2020 and the Russian Federal Target Programmes on Science and Technology. At the end of the official opening ceremony the participants welcomed the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014 watching a colourful display of fireworks above the river Moskva.
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