January-July 2011 - Issue 010

ISTC Keeps Activities in Russia Until 2015
Recently a number of decisions have been taken with respect to the future of ISTC.
The Center will stay open in Russia until 2015 in order to finalize ongoing projects. Equipment acquired through ISTC projects will be transferred to the research institutes on a tax free basis.
The ISTC Agreement will remain fully in force until that time i.e. 2015.
At the same time the ISTC founding parties have decided to gradually transfer activities to Kazakhstan in order to continue work with the countries of Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The ISTC has already a Branch Office in Almaty.
The parties expressed the wish to continue the dialogue with representatives of the Russian Federation to seek forms of multilateral cooperation in a new framework on the basis of principles of partnership and equality.
There is a clear wish to build on the existing experience of ISTC and to look for a new format of cooperation taking into account future technical and scientific needs as well as other challenges.
ISTC will carry out a number of reviews to evaluate the results of ISTC projects i.e. their contribution to the solution of scientific questions and innovation in order to underpin these discussions.

ISTC Launches 2010 Annual Report

ISTC released its 2010 Annual Report highlighting science cooperation between Russia, other countries of CIS and Georgia, together with Canada, the EU, Japan, Norway, South Korea, and the United States. Up to date, more than 850 million USD have been directly invested into projects carried out at institutes to support areas of science such as Nuclear Energy, New Energy Sources, Medicine and Biotechnology, Aerospace, New Advanced Materials and Environment. With 582 projects worth $246 million under management in 2010, ISTC proved to be a driving force in developing science and technology in CIS countries and Georgia.

In the framework of the Annual Report the Chairman of the Board Ronald Lehman acknowledged that “the excellence of many scientific institutions was restored. Peer-to-peer scientific synergy was provided. Transition to modern management practices was supported as well as further creation of commercial enterprises.”

“The theme of the report this year is ‘Developing International Scientific Cooperation’. By choosing this theme, I wanted to emphasize that ISTC is one of the few mechanisms operating on the former Soviet Union territory that promotes real international collaborative research and development. This view is supported by our project collaborators. Their testimonies can be found in our new Annual Report”, stated Adriaan van der Meer, ISTC Executive Director. More

ISTC Governing Board Allocates $2 M to Assist in Fukushima Cleanup
Two million dollars have been allocated to support expert meetings and travels, to help identify technologies and know-how available in CIS countries, and to help with technology transfer if needed.

Orchemed Preclinical Testing Facility Upgraded to International Standards
ISTC and the partnership of chemical institutes Orchemed held a press conference and business networking event on 25 May 2011 at the business center of the Academy of Sciences in Chernogolovka, Moscow region. More

Study Completed on HIV-1 in CIS Countries
The purpose of the project was to monitor and compare, for the first time, molecular-epidemiological diversity of HIV type 1 in Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.More

NewTypes of Microorganisms Found in Russian Permafrost
The 34 soil samples investigated were collected from the northeastern Arctic tundra in Russia, which is characterized by continuous permafrost. The three sampled groups had a geological age of 1.8-2 million years, 20,000-35,000 years and 6,000-8,000 years. More

Workshop Pediatric Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis: Diagnostics, Prophylaxis and Treatment
ISTC is organizing a 2 day workshop on Pediatric Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis in the frame of the Germany-Russia public forum Petersburg Dialogue. About 50 participants from Russia and the CIS, Europe, and the US are expected to take part in the workshop. More