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PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN
May 26, 2017
UZBEKISTAN: INNOVATION CHARGE
Over 350 contracts for 22 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 26.05.2017, 1$= 3820.46 soums) have been signed - this is one of the main outcomes of 10th Republican Fair of innovative ideas, technologies and projects that wrapped up in the capital Tashkent.

“This year, over five hundred innovative ideas, technologies and projects were presented in the traditional five sections of the fair: industry, information technologies, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, agriculture, science and education”, said the Director of the Agency for Science and Technology Odilkhuja Parpiyev.

Particular attention was placed on supporting the gifted youth. There were 100 developments of young scientists and students at the stands. This part of the exposition became a platform for the youth start-up where young scientists and inventors were able to show their designs to the potential buyers of intellectual products.

Traditionally, not only already ready-made projects of scientists, but also developments reflecting the needs of the economic sectors were demonstrated at the fair. In particular, the national holding company "Uzbekneftegaz", joint-stock company "Uzkimyosanoat", “Olmaliq” and “Navoi” mining and metallurgical plants, holding company "Uzpakhtasanoatexport" and other branch associations and production flagships identified their interest in innovative development.

III Tashkent International Innovation Forum was also interesting and eventful. It was attended by the specialists and experts from Germany, Bulgaria, China, South Korea, Japan, Russia, the World Bank, and the British Council in Uzbekistan.

The prospects for cooperation in the field of science and innovation were one of the main topics of the forum. The representatives of the Agency for Science and Technology told the foreign participants that it is promising to develop the cooperation with all scientific organizations of the country, including eleven institutes that were recreated last year in the system of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan.

It was noted that today the state creates conditions that allow scientists to work with the use of the latest cutting-edge equipment. As a confirmation of these words, the forum participants visited to the Center for High Technologies and the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics.

As a part of the innovative forum, the international conference "Uzbek-German innovation dialogue - the future for building a knowledge-based society" was conducted.

A special task of this year was to ensure the access of domestic scientists to international sources of scientific and technical information which plays a crucial role in boosting the quality of scientific developments and their relevance.

Further expansion of providing access to the advanced world scientific and educational resources - databases of scientific and technical information (Web of Science, Springer, EBSCO) remains as one of the most significant priorities. Libraries and educational institutions were recommended to continue their subscription to the leading databases of scientific and educational information, electronic scientific journals of the leading publishing houses of the world.

They also highlighted that it is necessary to raise the awareness of the employees through the organization of regular presentations of resources and search technologies, exhibitions, forums, mailings, the introduction of disciplines on the study of world information resources in the universities and research centers.

The forum participants agreed to stimulate the publication of workers in high-ranking scientific journals, as well as to promote the advancement of corporate interaction between universities, libraries and scientific centers for the accumulation of information for future usage.

Particular significance will be paid to the publications issued in the country. It is necessary to bolster the authority of scientific journals and abstracts via careful conscientious review, selection, inclusion of scientific journals in the Web of Science (WOS) databases.

In the opinion of the participants, the realization of the recommendations and decisions of the forum and fair will contribute to enhance the level and quality of scientific researches and publication activity of scientists, researchers, doctoral students and students in the republic.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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