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Project 5-100 participants’ experience can be leveraged for high-priority national projects

February 21, 2017

Project 5-100 XIX Seminar-Conference was held in Samara on February 15-17 and attracted over 400 university executives, Russian and foreign education professionals. Evgeny Shakhmatov, Rector of Samara University, presented his institution’s best practices together with his team in the opening session. Lyudmila Ogorodova, Russian Deputy Minister of Education and Science, commented on the interim results and prospects of the Project and stressed the importance of Project 5-100 universities’ participation in Universities As Innovation Centershigh-priority project. “It is important for Russia to have a pool of leading universities that set the bar for the whole education system. This forum of leading universities is becoming the main platform for the priority project. Our first challenge, insurmountable without the aid of Project 5-100 participants, is to develop a model for innovation centers; and today we shall discuss how we can leverage participants’ recent experience”.

Sergey Matveev, the Head of Science and Technology Department of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, delivered a speech on the opening day about the strategy and priorities of Russia’s scientific development (as stated in Presidential Decree No.642 dated December 1, 2016) and the objectives it sets for Project 5-100 participants. He focused on matters of independence and competitiveness of the national system of intellectual property protection.

The first day of the event covered such issues as higher education internationalization, recruitment of international students and assessment of research performance. Parallel tracks on Day 2 focused on integration of Project 5-100 objectives with the priorities of national research policy, universities’ industrial collaborations, inclusion of scientific journals and electronic resources in the learning process, development of talent pool in innovation management, technology transfer, international education programs, and involvement of youth in the implementation of institutions’ road maps.

Participants of the roundtable on university transformation shared their merger and integration stories, discussed their recent progress in global competitiveness, identified challenges and best practices in organizational development and governance evolution. Members of Samara University, KFU, UrFU, SFU, SUSU and HSE took part in these discussions.

Project 5-100’s traditional PR Workshop, held on the same day, attracted leaders and experts of Media Relations and Strategic Communications departments. Grigory Tarasevich, Editor-in-Chief of the Kot Schrodingera magazine, shared success stories of science popularization projects. Mikhail Malykhin, Executive Editor of Kommersant.Dengi, delivered a presentation on his education projects. Sergey Sluzhaev, Head of Media Production Team at Samara U’s Public Relations Dept., talked about internal video projects on a shoestring budget. Head of MISiS Marketing Communications Dept. Svetlana Sokolova spoke about successful joint projects with popular science mass media. Anastasia Grachikova, Head of MIPT Media Relations Dept., illustrated out-of-the-box university communications with her cases of MIPT anniversary commuter train and photo exhibition. Natalia Smelkova, Head of Communication Infrastructure Development Team at RVC, explored salient features of science communications and methods for analyzing their development at Russian universities. Arseny Tretyakov from ITMO Department of Projects and Innovation delivered a closing speech on the role of university as an intermediary between startups and investors.

Promotion of Scientific Publications in Mendeley and ResearchGate Academic Networks roundtable looked into the matters of increasing international awareness of publications. The roundtable was moderated by Tatiana Stukalova, Head of Information and Library Support of Academic and Research Activities at MEPhI, who also gave a presentation on academic networks as a tool for professional positioning of scientific journals. Oleg Panin, MEPhI Science Journals Editor, reviewed key methods for promotion of publications. Valentin Bogorov, Head of Education Programs at Clarivate Analytics, described the opportunities available to Russian scientific journals in the new Web of Science databases. Elsevier’s Research Intelligence Unit Head Aleksey Lutay pointed out the benefits of Mendeley social network (designed for researcher communications) for publishers of science journals.

The second day of the conference ended with the traditional workshop on scientometric indicators in assessment of research and Project 5-100 participants’ rankings. Nadezhda Polikhina, Acting Director of Sociocentre, gave an overview of interim 2016 scientometric results of Project 5-100 participants. Mark Akoev, Head of UrFU Scientometric Lab, assessed participants’ prospects in QS subject rankings based on their Scopus publication activity. The report ofDmitry Zolotarev Head of University Relations Group at Sociocentre, focused on analysis of articles of narrow scope based on their abstracts Svetlana Parfenova and Ekaterina Doronina from the Russian Research Institute of Economics, Politics and Law in Science and Technology presented their analysis of Project 5-100 participants’ research activity based on the data from the Federal System for Monitoring Research and Technology Performance of Scientific Institutions (FSMNO). Other speakers in the session also delved into tools and methods for analysis of university research activity. Sergey Kononov, NSU International Competitiveness Program Office Engineer, covered capabilities of Microsoft Excel and Scopus API for publication activity analysis, Clarivate Analytics scientometrics expert Pavel Kasyanov presented his review of highly cited publications of Project 5-100 participants in Web of Science and Core Collection, while Alexey Lutay from Elsevier analyzed their performance in SciVal reports.

Scientific part of the Seminar included sessions on aerospace technologies, nanophotonics, space engine manufacturing, new laser and radiation technologies organized by Samara University and other Project 5-100 participants.

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia will host XX Seminar-Conference on May 17-19, 2017.