On December 21, the Academ.City project hosted a roundtable discussion entitled "Open Dialogue with Stakeholders on Innovative City Development." The purpose of the discussion was to create a science park in the Akademmistechko neighborhood of Kyiv, as well as prospects for cooperation between scientific institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, structural units of the Kyiv City State Administration, and local businesses. The event was organized to identify opportunities for cooperation and common goals for the formation of an innovative ecosystem and the development of the science park.
Anatoliy Bagan, Deputy Head of the Department of Industry and Entrepreneurship Development, Kyiv City Military Administration, Co-Chairman of the joint working group between the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and KCSA on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on the creation of Academ.City Science Park, made an opening speech. Anatolii Oleksandrovych told the roundtable participants about the idea and the beginning of the Academ.City project, the signing of a memorandum between the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NAS of Ukraine) and the Kyiv City Military Administration (KMDA), which outlines the plan for the development of the Academgorodok, As part of the implementation of the memorandum, a joint working group was created, which included representatives of the NAS of Ukraine and heads of structural units of the city administration: Department of Industry and Entrepreneurship Development, Department of Economics and Investments, Department of Urban Planning and Architecture, and Department of Land Relations. Within the framework of the Memorandum, the parties analyzed the European Union's grant competitions for city development and organized events dedicated to the Science Day.
Anatoliy Oleksandrovych emphasized that the dynamics of fulfillment of the obligations of both parties under the Memorandum is high.
Oleh Rafalskyi, Vice President of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Co-Chairman of the Joint Working Group between the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and KMWA on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on the creation of Academ.City Science Park, welcomed all participants on behalf of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and noted that such a dialogue between government, science, and business is necessary because the modern economy must be knowledge-intensive to be competitive. The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine has many projects ready to be implemented, but lacks the resources to implement them. He explained how at the end of last year, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine approved the Academ.City project, considering it promising for the development of the city and the country as a whole. Oleh Oleksiyovych told the meeting participants that there are 10 scientific institutes and 3 other institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, as well as a higher education institution, the Kyiv Polytechnic University, on the territory of Academ.City, so now the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, together with KMBA, is actively working on how to link these structures of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine into a single technological cycle.
Oleksandra Antoniuk, Deputy Director for Development and Innovation at the Kyiv Academic University, initiator of the Academ.City project, presented the project to new participants. She noted that a modern approach to the formation of an innovation ecosystem should consist of 4 components: government - creating conditions, science - creating technologies, society - active participation, and business - ensuring growth. Over the three years of Academ.City's existence, more than 40 grant applications have been supported by Academ.City, 5 ecosystem grants have been received, and more than 200 new partnerships have been concluded, and this is during a full-scale war.
Nataliia Ulyanchych, PhD, Senior Researcher at the Franzevych Institute of Materials Science of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, spoke about the current state and prospects of using the developments of the Institute of Materials Science for biomedical applications.
Vitaliy Petrovych Bevz, Deputy Director for Scientific and Technical Work of the Kurdyumov Institute of Metallophysics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, spoke about the innovative power, capabilities and capacity of the Institute, noting that it has a fairly significant scientific potential with scientific developments. Vitalii Petrovych pointed out that while communicating with the Institute for Urban Development, they came to the conclusion that many developments could be made interactive and expanded to make Kyiv Digital.
He also emphasized that the Institute of Metallophysics has quite powerful centers for collective use, where it is possible to conduct research commissioned by business structures or other stakeholders to implement innovative solutions, in particular:
Deputy Director of the Kurdyumov Institute of Metallophysics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Georgiy S. Firstov presented the creation of an innovative cluster for the manufacture and processing of precision alloys and the prospects for its development.
Deputy Director of the Franzevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Sergiy Firstov spoke about the experience of interaction between scientists and end users and potential manufacturers of high-tech products.
The roundtable was also attended by representatives of civil society - the After Service Foundation, whose main task is to identify the needs of veterans in civilian life and provide qualified support and necessary assistance.
In their speeches, business representatives described specific examples of cooperation between private enterprises and scientists and expressed their opinions on the current features of such cooperation.
The online event was joined by the heads and leading experts of specialized institutes of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, which are members of Academ.City Science Park, as well as representatives of KP KIEVTEPLOENERGO, KIEVZELENBUD, KP Kyiv Metro, PJSC AK Kyivvodokanal, DTEK Kyiv Electricity Networks.
During the open dialog, the participants discussed the current state and prospects of innovative development of the city, strengthening cooperation between science, government and business.
It was emphasized that the interaction between the state and science should be systematic, which will allow in the future, subject to proper funding of scientific research, to move from the tactics of preserving the country's scientific potential to its development.