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ROSATOM held an international forum "Science for Peace and Development"

ROSATOM held an international forum "Science for Peace and Development"

The State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom is a multi-industry holding comprising assets in power engineering, machine engineering and construction, among others. Its strategy is to develop low-carbon generation, including wind power. As part of the Year of Science and Technology in the Russian Federation, ROSATOM has organized an international forum "Science for Peace and Development".

The event took place on November 10, 2021 in Nizhny Novgorod, one of the largest centers of the Russian nuclear industry, under the auspices of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.

It was attended by Nobel Peace Prize winner, climate change expert Rae Kwon Chung; mathematics professor from the University of Oxford Marcus du Sautoy; international infectious diseases expert Ravina Kullar; UK’s Astronomer Royal, Cambridge University professor Martin Rees, and others. The special guests were Alexey Likhachev, CEO of ROSATOM, and Alexander Sergeev, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The program was divided into two thematic blocks. In the first, scientists and experts discussed whether scientific discoveries are a boon or a risk to society today. The dialogue touched upon the topic of the limits of a scientist's responsibility for his ideas and inventions. The second part was devoted to the question of the ownership of scientific discoveries.

During the discussion, Evgeny Adamov, Scientific director of the Breakthrough direction of ROSATOM, spoke about the dual use of nuclear technologies and expressed confidence that a peaceful atom is a solution to humanity's problems in the energy sector. Distrust of nuclear technologies, in his opinion, persists in society solely due to the lack of reliable information from people. He paid special attention to the technology of the closed nuclear fuel cycle — one of the main achievements of recent science.

Participants of the Sirius educational program in computer science also took part in the forum and communicated with experts via video communication. Future scientists shared their vision of cooperation and competition in science, responsibility for discoveries and developments, and the question of ownership of research results.