“Over 300,000 researchers are engaged at Moscow’s universities and high-tech companies,” Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said, speaking at the 33rdWorld Conference of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP), which is taking place in Moscow from 19 to 22 September.
“The world’s best innovators have gathered here today. I must say that you have come to the right place at the right time,” the Mayor said. He added that Moscow is one large innovation area: “In Moscow, nearly 300,000 researchers work at dozens universities, theory and applied sciences institutes, large high-tech companies that produce everything from cars to space rockets. Moscow can be called one large innovation area.”
He recalled that Moscow recently opened 26 science parks. “If at first the parks were state funded, the majority of them are now built through investment by and at private companies. Moscow enjoys a wide range of diverse innovation centres. These include Lomonosov Moscow State University’s technology valley, which is now being designed, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology’s science park, which is now under construction, and the enormous Skolkovo greenfield project. In addition, once depressed industrial areas are being converted into science parks that push technology development forward,” the Mayor said.
Mr Sobyanin added that high-tech industrial production is a growing part of Moscow’s economy. The city is its main consumer because innovation plays an important role in the development of city governance.
“The unified medical information system, the intelligent traffic management system, the crowdsourcing platform for citywide decisions, Active Citizen polling on Moscow’s complex issues, and online state services are the best cutting-edge solutions for city governance and resident services,” Sergei Sobyanin said.
Moscow also has a professional training programme for school students.
“A new professional training programme for school students was launched a year ago. Students are trained by Moscow’s leading universities and employers. They have created a new and integrated environment of school and professional education, where students can acquire their first skills in scientific and innovation research,” the Mayor said.
He added that innovation development is a necessity, not a fad, which is why Moscow will continue to support it. At the IASP conference alone, the city has organised around a thousand meetings with experts from 60 countries to discuss relevant issues and cooperation.