The discussion touched on the situation in the Academy of Sciences and the current state of affairs in academic research.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues.
As we are all aware, the strategy for the scientific and technological development of the country was adopted in late 2016, and we agreed back then that one of the most important tasks in this regard is to fill it with concrete projects, areas of research, and so on.
Of course, in the first place, you and your colleagues, members of the Academy of Sciences and scholars, must say what you have to say. We are aware of the importance of the role of interdisciplinary research. That is why, not long ago, we decided to merge two other academies, the academy of medical science and the academy of agricultural science, into one large institution.
Mr Fortov and I discussed these issues and came to the conclusion that we need to think about ways to further shape the administrative structure, to make it more efficient and adapted to current tasks, so that the Academy of Sciences becomes the headquarters of research that determines the scientific research prospects.
We wanted to get together in this format and discuss these issues. I would like to hear what you have to say.