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Conference of Scientists from the Russian Academy of Science: "Contemporary and Future Science in Russia. The Place and Role of the Russian Academy of Science"

Conference of Scientists from the Russian Academy of Science: "Contemporary and Future Science in Russia.  The Place and Role of the Russian Academy of Science" 

Right now a controversial bill is being considered in the Russian parliament concerning potential reforms to the Russian Academy of Science.  The bill would consolidate different scientific institutes and academies into one organization and put it under direct subordination of the federal government.  The bill has both supporters and opponents in the Russian and global scientific community.  Recently a conference of scientists from the Russian Academy of Science met to discuss the proposed changes and the future of the RAS.  They have asked that more discussion be had among the government and the scientific community to shape a bill which will be mutually beneficial to all.  In it's current form, the majority of RAS scientists are not satisified with the bill.  They have put out this statement:  

Today Russian society has approached a critical boundary in its history. From decisions which will be made in the nearest future, the destinies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Russian science as a whole will be shaped. As well the question as to whether Russia will remain on the scientific level of other developed countries and be able to grow alongside them.  These decisions will have the most serious impact on the future of our country, and their consequences will be felt for decades. 

We consider it necessary to openly discuss in detail the condition of Russian science and its role in modern society, to compare the experience of scientific research organizations in Russia and abroad, and to develop a long-term program of development of basic research. Today we are in need of reforming the sphere of science in Russia and, in particular, change the activity of the Russian Academy of Sciences as an organization and as a system of scientific institutes - but changes which will be recognized and agreed upon by most of the scientific community.  Also on the agenda should be cost specifications and a substantial discussion of reform projects. We very much hope that the Duma and the Government will listen to our opinion and won't make a hasty decision whose results will be very difficult to change.

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