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As part of his working trip to Yekaterinburg, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko met with young scientists. Most of them are post-graduate students of the Ural Federal University. The communication took place at the site of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov, Plenipotentiary Representative of the President in the Urals Federal District Vladimir Yakushev and Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region Yevgeny Kuyvashev.

Young employees of research institutes were primarily interested in support measures provided for by the national project “Science and Universities”, the creation of new youth laboratories and their equipment.

“In the Year of Science and Technology, announced by the President, we have planned a whole range of measures to support young scientists within the framework of the Science and Universities national project. These are grants, housing certificates, the creation of laboratories and the renewal of scientific equipment. Thus, by 2024, it is planned to create at least 900 youth laboratories equipped with the most modern equipment, ”said Dmitry Chernyshenko.

The Deputy Prime Minister also noted that it is planned to update the instrument base of the existing laboratories. In the second quarter of this year, the Ministry of Education and Science will start selecting applications for grants. In Yekaterinburg 11 organizations can apply for them.

Valery Falkov added that in the near future the big program “Priority-2030” will also be launched.

“There should be more science in universities. We are launching a new 10-year Priority 2030 program. The main emphasis in it is placed on the disclosure of the scientific potential of talented researchers. We will help graduate students to realize their ideas. In the coming years, there will be an influx of jobs in scientific institutes and universities, ”he said.

During the visit, Dmitry Chernyshenko examined the youth laboratories of the Institute of High-Temperature Electrochemistry of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. They employ about 40 people. All of them are young scientists between the ages of 20 and 35.

In the laboratory of electrocrystallization and high-temperature electroplating, Dmitry Chernyshenko was introduced to the technology for producing a new material for combustion chambers and catalysts for small spacecraft engines running on green fuel, which has been implemented at Kompozit JSC, the leading materials science enterprise of Roscosmos State Corporation in Korolev.

They also demonstrated the development of a pyrochemical technology for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel for nuclear power, which is being carried out in the laboratory of pyrochemical processes and electrochemical technologies within the framework of Rosatom’s Breakthrough project.

And in the laboratory of end-to-end technologies in distributed energy, an electrochemical oxygen “pump” is being developed, which, in particular, can be used for the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with COVID-19 and the training of athletes.

“We have unique developments, and young people interested in research come to work with us. This is facilitated by the existing support measures, ”noted Yuri Zaikov, scientific director of the IHTE UB RAS.

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