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Russia celebrates the Day of Science
Scientists, researchers and other scientific workers celebrate the Day of Science in our country on Friday, February 8, TASS reports. By decree of Peter the Great, the Academy of Sciences was established in our country on this day almost three centuries ago. In addition, it is the 185th birthday of Dmitri Mendeleev, creator of the famous Periodic Table.
On the eve of the holiday, Mikhail Kotyukov, who heads the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, recalled that a national project aimed at development of scientific sphere was created in Russia for the first time. It is in its most active phase now, and its provisions began to materialize. According to the project, at least a dozen world-class research and educational centers should start their work in the country within five years. Russia should move to fifth place in the number of scientific publications and enter the top five leaders in terms of the priorities of scientific and technological development.
In addition, the Year of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table has started in the world. The head of Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev believes that the scientific community of the country faces several important tasks at once. One of them is to make the Periodic System be called the Mendeleev’s Table in the world; to win the Paris Chemistry Olympiad and get the Nobel Prize.
Note, the UN General Assembly declared 2019 the International Year of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table. Various events dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Mendeleev Periodic Table will be held in honor of famous scientist in Russia. The Year of the Periodic Table will contribute to enhancing the prestige of Russian science abroad and achieving the goals of the Science national project.
As Russkiy Mir reported, a system of grants, scholarships and awards has been created to support and strengthen motivation in our country, and the opportunities for professional growth are expanding. Russian President Vladimir Putin said this during the ceremony of awarding young scientists with the Prize of the head of state.