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Sergei Shcherbakov: NATO's Science for Peace and Security Program is an important tool for international cooperation for Belarusian scientists

Sergei Shcherbakov: NATO's Science for Peace and Security Program is an important tool for international cooperation for Belarusian scientists

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Sergei Shcherbakov: NATO's Science for Peace and Security Program is an important tool for international cooperation for Belarusian scientists

Terms of participation and funding rules for the NATO program “Science for Peace and Security” is an important and suitable instrument of international cooperation for Belarusian scientists. This was announced on October 16 at the opening of the information day of the NATO program “Science for Peace and Security” by Sergey Shcherbakov, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus. According to him, the joint event will help to identify promising areas of cooperation between Belarusian researchers and their partners in NATO member countries. “In Belarus, foreign sources account for about 15% of the gross domestic spending on science. Some of these funds come through participation in international, primarily European, scientific programs. Of course, we are interested in expanding and deepening international scientific and technical cooperation and its qualitative and quantitative diversification, in creating for Belarusian scientists the same opportunities for international cooperation that their western and eastern colleagues have. We believe that in the program “Science for Peace and Security”, Belarusian scientists have certain prospects, ”he said.

Sergei Shcherbakov also noted that Belarus’s contractual base in the field of science and technology covers almost 50 countries of the world, 20 of them in Europe. Within the framework of these agreements, the SCST has already organized competitions of joint projects with 18 countries (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Vietnam, Germany, Israel, India, Kazakhstan, Korea, China, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Serbia, Slovakia, Pakistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine). By the end of 2019, it is planned to announce project competitions with Georgia and Indonesia.

The NATO Science for Peace and Security Program, the oldest international cooperation program that crossed the 60-year milestone last year, finances research projects and events with the participation of research organizations and universities from member countries and partners of the Alliance in the following areas: fight against terrorism, energy security, cyber defense, radiation chemical and biological protection, environmental safety. Since 1992, Belarusian scientists have taken part in 11 research projects and 25 program events (conferences, schools, seminars) together with scientists from 42 countries. Generally, these are projects in the field of basic and applied research, the results of which can be transformed into new technologies to ensure safety, as well as radiation, chemical and biological protection. Currently, two projects are being implemented with the participation of representatives from Belarus, both with partners from the United States.

The information day of the NATO program “Science for Peace and Security” involves more than 70 domestic and foreign scientists, experts and representatives of republican government bodies. It was organised by the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus with the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.