ASU hosts the XVI International Scientific and Practical Conference “Food. Ecology. Quality"

26 June 2019 For Science Newspaper
On June 25, the XVI International Scientific and Practical Conference “Food. Ecology. Quality" started at Altai State University.

The conference is organized by the Siberian Federal Research Center for Agrobiotechnology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Altai State University and Altai Center for Cluster Development. Besides, the conference is supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and Altai Krai Administration for Food, Processing, Pharmaceutical Industry and Biotechnology.

The conference brought together leading food industry experts from Moscow, Novosibirsk, Krasnoobsk, Krasnoyarsk, Kemerovo, Barnaul.

The participants were welcomed by A.A. Kondykov, Deputy Head of Altai Krai Administration for Food, Processing, Pharmaceutical Industry and Biotechnology, О.К. Motovilov, Head of the Siberian Federal Scientific Center for Agrobiotechnologies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and E.S. Popov, Acting Vice-Rector for Scientific and Innovative Development of ASU.

“The development of research and education is one of the priorities for the development of ASU as a flagship university with the support of Altai Krai Government. Over the past ten years, we have been able to form an infrastructure for research at the modern level. Since 2011, ASU has taken the vector for the development of the university in cooperation with the institutes of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences; currently, 16 research laboratories, three basic departments of academic institutes, and network educational programs operate at our university. Therefore, today ASU is very pleased to be a venue for such an important and relevant conference! I am sure that the discussion of the reports will advance us in understanding how to translate scientific results into practical ones, increase the efficiency of agricultural enterprises and the quality of products, and affect the life expectancy of people,” Evgeni Popov addressed the participants.

The plenary session was opened by Oleg K. Motovilov, who made a presentation on efficient methods of production and deep processing of agricultural products in Siberia. This topic is particularly relevant for Altai Krai, where large areas require special food processing conditions.

The conference will feature leading experts in the field of food processing, quality control of food products, functional and specialized nutrition, regulatory and legal regulation of this area, taking into account new trends, new products and ingredients, including those obtained by biotechnology methods. Participants will discuss the prospects for creating projects at the interface of science and business. This will allow scientists to determine the level of development of these industries in the Russian Federation, including in Altai Krai, relative to other regions of the country, as well as the objectives of the National Technology Initiative program and global trends. In particular, the round table “Science and Business in the FoodNet Format: Regional Aspect” will be devoted to this topic. The speakers and participants will discuss the long-term program for the development of the Russian economy in the format of the National Technological Initiative, a program for financial support of business and science, and also speak on the possibility of introducing new developments.

“It is necessary for the research agenda to be focused on this topic. And the presentations of business representatives, with whom we plan to discuss the creation of new efficient technologies, will be very relevant. Most of the enterprises are not innovative, many of them are experiencing hard times in the current economic realities. But there is a solution – these are numerous innovation support programs from Russian institutions. This work will be partly enlightening: we will talk about support programs and development trajectories in accordance with trends,” O.A. Vysotskaya, Director of the Center for the Development of Technological Entrepreneurship, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management at ASU, said.

Within the framework of conference, there will also be two sections, excursions in the South-Siberian Botanical Garden, Laboratory for Bioengineering, Altai-Falcon Nursery and excursions around the innovative infrastructure objects of ASU. According to the results of the conference, a three-volume collection of reports will be published.

It should be noted that the Siberian Federal Research Center for Agrobiotechnologies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Altai State University received a grant support from the Start program. The conference itself is supported by a grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research.

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