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Round Table “Modern Engineering Centers in Russia”

11 July 2012

The objective of the round table is to discuss the functions of modern engineering centers, requirements to them and resources necessary for their creation.

Development of engineering centers has been included into INNOPROM’s agenda on purpose, as this is the largest event in Russia that is dedicated to the latest technologies and designs and focused on proliferation of expertise in the area of innovations and developing business ties between companies and developers of technologies.

The round table will continue the series of discussions on the project “Industrial and technological foresight of the Russian Federation in long-term,” held with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. The organizer of the round table is the Center for Strategic Research "North-West".

Today, the majority of Russian companies carry out technological refurbishment of their engineering processes, but creation of state-of-the-art engineering centers requires introduction of new competences, restructuring of all business processes and implementation of new concepts of system engineering.

Discussion topics:
For what companies does the creation of engineering centers have relevance? What can be achieved by their creation, which resources are necessary, and what can be an obstacle to their development?
What joint efforts can companies exert? In which areas can their strategies be consolidated?
What assistance can government provide?
What are the possibilities for supporting regional initiatives in development of engineering centers?

List of the invitees:
Representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
Heads of the largest Russian companies: JSC AvtoVaz, JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation, JSC RusHydro, INTER RAO UES, GAZ Group, RUSAL, and others.

The host of the round table: Vladimir Knyaginin, Director of the Foundation “Center for Strategic Research "North-West".

There is no participation fee. Transportation and accomodation are not provided.

Contact information for participants and media: Ludmila Petrova, (812) 380 0320, ext. 145, petrova@csr-nw.ru
About the project

“Industrial and technological foresight of the Russian Federation in long-term” - development of
the system for assessment of long-term technological changes in industry with the purpose of renovation
the country’s industrial policy, including strategic areas of development of the Russian
industry, elaboration of needs for development of promising scientific areas, as well as
improvement of human resources policies in various branches of industry.
The Center for Strategic Research "North-West" is a thought generator established in St. Petersburg
in 2000. At the focus of the experts’ attention are: long-term strategic development of regions, cities and towns,
development of key areas of economy, such as energy, education, innovations, tourism, and creative sectors, and industry.  

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