Leaving Europe and the USA: why scientists are returning to Russia en masse
18 February 2021
The specialists who had left the Russian Federation earlier are gradually returning to the country, said Arkady Dvorkovich, chairman of the Skolkovo foundation , in an interview with RIA Novosti . This trend is associated with large targeted programs for the development of a scientific and technical base and an increase in salaries in the field of science, said Artem Narkevich, head of the research laboratory of medical cybernetics and health care management, chairman of the council of young scientists and specialists under the governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, in a comment to NN.
According to Dvorkovich, Russian young scientists from Europe and the United States are mainly returning, and our startups in China and Europe are acquired, and South-East Asia and the Singapore hub are also very active. And when there is a purchase of Russian startups from abroad, Dvorkovich emphasized, everything is done so that the teams themselves remain in Russia and opportunities open up for them both in our country and in foreign markets.
Dvorkovich named Skoltech University as the largest area that allows attracting foreign or former Russian specialists to our market, where 40% of professors are foreign, and half of all the rest are those who returned to Russia from abroad.
Indeed, now there are much fewer scientists among scientists who want to leave the country, Artem Narkevich confirmed in a comment to NN.
"Today, there are much fewer scientists who want to leave the country. This trend exists and is associated with large targeted programs to develop a scientific and technical scientific base and increase salaries in the field of science. I think that gradually the scientific audience is more or less satisfied with the situation. which is developing with science in our country. Now, quite serious money is being poured into the creation of world-class scientific centers in the Russian Federation, with large funding and a significant increase in the material and technical base, with an increase in the salaries of employees of organizations belonging to these centers, "Narkevich stated ...
The most important thing for a scientist, he added, is the possibility of growth, prospects, the presence of the necessary conditions for conducting scientific research, and these tasks are now being solved. At the same time, Narkevich believes that it would be worth expanding the network of mini-grant funds and competitions in order to support not only scientific mastodons, but also young people.
“Today, many different mega-grants are allocated, and large research groups can receive serious funds. But when that kind of money is spent on mega-projects, it deprives those who do not have such qualifications and scientific background. I would like our network of mini-grant funds and competitions to expand , in order not only to support scientific mastodons, but also those who are just preparing to become them. I think that this is probably already being discussed in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and discussions at the government level, "concluded Narkevich.