Ukraine and Belarus will continue their active cooperation in the field of science, in particular, scientists from both countries will have a chance to prolong joint research in the framework of bilateral projects. The corresponding program of cooperation for 2019-2022 was signed by First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Yurii Poliukhovych and Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Shumilin today, October 4, 2019, during the Second Forum of the Regions of Ukraine and Belarus.
“We have rather long-lasting cooperation in the scientific sector with the Republic of Belarus. For example, competitions in bilateral scientific projects have been ongoing for more than 20 years - since 1998. During this time, our researchers have jointly implemented 67 projects in such areas as nanotechnology, biotechnology, laser technology, medicine, ICT, energy and more. Now scientists of Ukraine and Belarus are engaged in the joint implementation of 10 projects, planned for 2019-2020”, Yurii Poliukhovych said.
He explained that the signing of the program for the following years will allow to continue holding such bilateral scientific competitions. Indeed, the next Ukrainian-Belarussian competition is planned to announce in early 2020 with projects to be implemented in 2021-2022.
The document also envisages deepening of cooperation in scientific and technical, as well as innovation spheres: more active interaction on technology transfer, participation in the Horizon 2020 program, exchange of information, etc.
“I want to emphasize that the potential of cooperation in this area is far from being exhausted and the parties need to set new strategic goals. On conditions of intensive development in new technologies all around the globe, the priority for both parties is the development of cooperation in the field of high technologies - IT, biotechnology, pharmaceutical industry, optics, laser physics, thermophysics, bioorganic chemistry and materials science”, said Alexander Shumilin.
It should be noted that earlier, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine signed an agreement with the Canadian organization Mitacs, which enables Ukrainian students and scientists to work on research projects in the universities of Canada.