On Nov. 14, 2017, the 19th session of the Science Council under the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia was held. In the session, the work of the council in 2015-2017 was discussed, as well as the changes in its composition. MIPT’s Yuri Kovalev was elected president of the Science Council. He is an astrophysicist and heads the Laboratory of Fundamental and Applied Research of Relativistic Objects of the Universe at MIPT.
Kovalev named the issues to be addressed first by the revamped council. Among them is the implementation the Scientific and Technological Development Strategy of Russia, as well as furthering the country’s scientific and technological development program and improving the legislation on science. In addition to that, the Science Council will play a part in establishing the councils on priority lines of development in the fields of science and technology. The body will also take on the challenges of major infrastructure projects at the so-called megascience level. Further matters to be addressed are doctoral degree programs at universities and the initiative to include funds for financing paid time off work for women researchers on maternity leave who received a grant.