Strengthening university-industry cooperation is a topical issue for Russian photonics

30 / 03 / 2021

An open joint meeting of the Council of the Laser Association, the Secretariat of the Russian Technology Platform on Innovative Laser, Optical and Optoelectronic Technologies Photonics, and the Board of Founders of the Eurasian Photonics Technology Platform has taken place within the Photonics. World of Lasers and Optics 2021 exhibition. 

The first part of the meeting discussed organisational issues that are planned to be brought to the congress for decision. The congress of the Laser Association will be held at EXPOCENTRE as part of the Photonics accompanying programme. Ivan Kovsh, President of the Laser Association, made a proposal to work out changes in the Statutes of the Association, which have not been changed in principle since the 1990s, and to consider not electing the Supervisory Commission and the Supervisory Board, bodies which are practically non-operational. 

The meeting continued with various proposals and suggestions for the next two years of the association's work. A discussion was also held on the problems of cooperation between universities and enterprises in the industry. The congress suggested discussing how production managers could be interested in attracting students from the industry to work in the enterprises. To date, a number of attempts have been made to form cooperation between HEIs and core industries, and engineering centres and industrial clusters have started to appear in the regions. However, it has been said that such centres are insufficient and their activities do not yet bring tangible visible results. 

Nadezhda Bogdanova, a representative of Shvabe, suggested launching a series of webinars on the industry issues with participation of professionals, experts and students. We can saturate our technology platform with such webinars, the speaker noted. 

Summing up the meeting, Ivan Kovsh thanked the participants and invited everyone to join the congress on 30 March at 17:30. 

Photonics. World of Lasers and Optics 2021 runs till April 2. 

Press Service, EXPOCENTRE AO