On July 21, regional conference of the MariNet Working Group took place in the State Technical University of Kaliningrad (STUK). During the conference, the opportunity of Kaliningrad region representatives’ participation in roadmap implementation was discussed.
Deputy Head of the MariNet Working Group, Vice-President of “Industry Investors” Group, Alexander Pinskiy who told the audience about primary objectives of National Technical Initiative (NTI), traditionally opened the conference. STUK rector, Vladimir Volkogon, and MariNet Working Group manager of NTI project office, Maxim Barkasov, welcomed audience as well.
On the panel discussion, regional representatives have discussed a set of projects to include in MariNet roadmap, main areas of Kaliningrad subgroup activity, as well as possible forms of cooperation for conference participants. Elena Romanova, expert on dealing with “Russian Export Center” JSC in Kaliningrad, has told about supportive measures in order to facilitate entering of high-technology indigenous products into the international market.
Working session of the expert group has become a centerpiece of the conference. The session has involved discussion on Developing Human Capital, as well as subgroup’s main objectives, projects’ selection and consideration mechanism have been defined. First projects on this topic have been presented by several universities: State Marine Technical University of St. Petersburg, State Technical University of Kaliningrad, Far Eastern Federal University, State Technical University of Nizhny Novgorod, as well as by private companies.
Video conference with “Sirius” education center of Sochi, established by education trust “Talent and Success” within the framework of Olympic infrastructure organized due to initiative of the President of Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has been completed. Within the conference, the experts of the Developing Human Capital subgroup have estimated talented students trained by “Sirius” center. In the opinion of Sergey Kozik, an associate professor of the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping and scientific supervisor of Sirius MariNet projects, such experience can be a foundation for extensive and consistent activity in order to attract talented young people. Early reveal, development and further professional support are key success factors that facilitate our access to the future global markets.
All participants and guests of the conference have admitted the high level of event management as well as democratic and inviting atmosphere. Practice of holding such meetings among representatives of business, science, education and state development agencies facilitates popularization of National Technological Initiative and regions’ involvement. It worth to mention that one of the first MariNet regional conferences was held on the site of “Concern Morinsys-Agat” JSC in Vladivostok in December 2016.