Professor Alexander Sergeev elected as President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)
07 November, 2017
On September 26, 2017 Academician Professor Alexander Sergeev – director of the Institute of Applied Physics in Nizhny Novgorod and member of the CREMLIN Consortium Board (CB) was elected as President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). The European-Russian CREMLIN community very cordially congratulates Academician Sergeev to this outstanding step in his career, and all CREMLIN consortium wishes him a very successful start as RAS president and good luck.
The election was realized in two runs, with 5 nominee candidates for the position. In the first run Alexander Sergeev received 681 votes of 1596. Two candidates who received the largest number of votes took part in the second decisive run. A. Sergeev won by a large margin, 1045 members of the Russian Academy of Sciences voted for him.
Already on the day after the election, on 27 September 2017, the Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Sergeev and handed out the Executive Order confirming Alexander Sergeev as the RAS President.
His vision of the first-priority measures for the further development of the Russian science and the RAS the newly elected President outlined in the pre-program with a focus on 20 most important tasks to be solved. They include among others
- formulation of the scientific and technical doctrine based on the real state of the scientific complex and determining the need for conducting fundamental research on various horizons of the country's development
- re-integration of the RAS into the national economy of the country through its participation in large high technology projects and programs, including in the framework of the Strategy of Scientific and Technological development of Russia
- restoration and strengthening of RAS with the leading scientific and technical corporations of the country
- activation of activities to restore the position of Russian science in the world through the policy of "scientific diplomacy"; more effective use of the potential of foreign members of the RAS; and active participation in the international projects, including HORIZON 2020 and upcoming European Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation