12 October 2020
Founders of the World-Class West-Siberian Scientific & Educational Center (SEC) about its Experience and Development Opportunities

Chaired by the Deputy PM of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova, a meeting over the development of the world-class West-Siberian Interregional Scientific and Educational Center (SEC) took place in Tyumen, with the Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov, governors of the Tyumen Region, Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Areas as participants.

The West-Siberian Interregional Scientific and Educational Center is unique because it is one of the pioneers in the country, which has united three regions. Tatyana Golikova noted in her welcome speech: “I am happy that the SEC has already brought together about 40 young masterminds who have worked and studied here, as well as those who arrived from other regions and countries. We have visited the labs of Tyumen State University, the Research Institute of Regional Infectious Pathology of Rospotrebnadzor (Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing). We have witnessed impressive facilities, but the most crucial things are young talent and zeal for work, first of all, at Tyumen State University”.

She recalled that subject to the decree of Russia’s President, the nation must establish 15 world-class SECs within three years. The regions are free to choose the development areas of these centers in line with decisions geared towards regional economic growth and higher GRP.

The participants of the meeting discussed the key deliverables of the first-year operation of the West-Siberian Interregional Scientific and Educational Center and possible adjustments, including, in the regulatory framework for the functioning and selection of SECs.

Alexander Moor, Governor of the Tyumen Region, noted that the West-Siberian Interregional Scientific and Educational Center had passed its primary milestones, and now the core thing was to think about further growth and moving forward. “There is a coordination and management structure in place now, we’ve made real steps to roll out specific R&D and educational projects across all areas of the SEC. The target indicators stipulated in the program were met in 2019, with a number of recommendations developed for the Federal Council and the approved panel of the Supervisory Board”, added the head of the region.

Alexander Moor thanked the Governor of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area Natalya Komarova and the Governor of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area Dmitry Artyukhov for their support, reliable partnership, active participation in the establishment of the SEC and its further development. He also noted that the socio-economic situation that evolved this year also influenced the speed of joint measures, but the plans and projects are firmly underway. Thus, the results of the competition for the government support of research work led by the country's eminent scientists will be announced by the end of the year. The best projects will be awarded five grants ?150 million each for five subsequent years. Their funding will start next year. Last year, the SEC launched its competence center, with more than 200 people already trained there. “The operation of the competence center is one of the examples of partnership among the regions participating in the SEC aimed at building next-generation research teams. We seek to provide grant aid to research projects of the SEC participants until the end of the year, taking into account their relevance and degree of elaboration”, the governor highlighted.

Source: Press service of the Governor of the Tyumen region