Rotation of the Scientific and Technical Council for the examination of start-up projects

The Ministry of Innovative Development has Scientific and Technical Councils for the examination of 16 disciplines and start-up projects, as well as the Council for the study the construction materials.

The regular meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council for the examination of start-up projects, chaired by the Minister of Innovative Development Ibrokhim Abdurakhmonov, discussed the issue of rotation of the Scientific and Technical Council. The meeting was attended by the elected chairman, a deputy chairman and a scientific secretary of the Council. The leadership and the membership of NTC were approved by the order of the minister.

At the meeting, I. Abdurakhmonov emphasized that the members of the Scientific and Technical Council should sign a commitment to ensure full compliance with all applicable laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan, including anti-corruption laws and other regulations, as well as those ensuring transparency and fairness when considering each project.

The meeting participants were also updated on the contests of start-up projects initiated by the Ministry, project requirements, primary technical and financial expertise of projects.

 

A project competition amounting 52 billion soums for the research in Medical sciences has been announced

The Ministry of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan pays special attention to the development of new and effective methods and technologies for the treatment of diseases under the state programs for scientific activities. It is worth noting that the scientific projects aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of medical services for citizens, addressing the problems that hinder the quality of medical services and improving public health are the most relevant.

In this regard, in accordance with requirements of the state order for research, the 32nd round of the competition for innovative and applied projects in Medical Sciences was announced under the state programs for scientific activity. The research competition has formed a portfolio of 25 thematic projects worth 52 billion soums.

The contest is aimed at finding the scientific solution to the urgent problems in such fields of medicine as dermatovenerology and cosmetology, surgery and neurosurgery, therapy, medical rehabilitation, traumatology and orthopedics, endocrinology, oncology, hematology, dentistry.

This contest is held in accordance with requirements of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan dated March 9, 2020 No. 133 “On measures to further improvement of the regulatory framework for scientific research”. Applications will be submitted only in electronic form.

For further details, visit: https://mininnovation.uz/uz/competitions/2324

 

Innovation experience of Germany: German scientific institutions

The Ministry of Innovative Development hosted an online conference “Innovative Experience of Germany: German Scientific Organizations” dedicated to scientific cooperation with Germany. The Deputy Minister of Innovative Development Olimjon Tuychiev and Senior Adviser to the Minister of Innovative Development Karsten Heinz opened the conference. Since the issues of organizing and financing research and exploring the German experience of granting are important for the academic community of Uzbekistan, the vice-rectors of higher educational institutions, heads and deputy heads of research institutions were invited to the conference.

The conference was attended by the expert from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Professor Klaus Mander, as well as the representative of the German Research Society, Professor Jern Achterberg and the lecturer of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Simon Krechmer.

Germany is globally recognized worldwide as a center of science, where  respect for science, as well as the spirit of tolerance and democracy, contribute to the growth of new scientists. In addition, the conditions created for the work, life and recreation of researchers, equality and hospitality have a positive effect on the scientific work.

The lecturer of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Simon Krechmer expressed the opinion that international scientific exchange should guarantee the training, teaching and research of talented people where they can take full advantage of their opportunities.

Submission of entries for the international contest of scientific projects, announced jointly by the Ministry of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Federal Ministry of Education and Science of Germany (BMBF), will last until November 1 this year. For Uzbek and German scientists willing to take part in the contest, a special site has been created that will help them to find a partner for the project, which can be found on the following link: http://uzb-ger.mininnovation.uz/.

 

Prospects for cooperation in the field of science and technology between Malaysia and Uzbekistan

On November 17 this year, with the support of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Malaysia, negotiations were held between the Deputy Minister of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan Azimjon Nazarov and the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia Ahmad Amzad bin Hashim.  The meeting was attended by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Malaysia to Uzbekistan Hendi Assan.

  1. Hashim noted that Kuala Lumpur sees Tashkent as a promising partner in Central Asia and welcomes the results of bilateral cooperation with Uzbekistan in trade, economic, investment, innovation, educational and other areas. He also highly appreciated the consistent measures taken by the Government of Uzbekistan to accelerate innovative development in all sectors of the economy as well as in the social life, based on advanced international experience, modern achievements of the world science, development and technology. It was noted that the Government of Malaysia attaches particular importance to technological and innovative development, which is becoming increasingly relevant in the context of globalization.

An agreement was reached on establishing cooperation between the Malaysian Technology Park and the Malaysian Center for Global Innovation and Creativity with the technology parks and innovation centers of the republic, as well as sending young and promising representatives of Uzbekistan to Malaysia to enhance innovative business ideas in the post-pandemic period.

 

USD 5000 award for mathematicians

On November 16, the Ministry of Innovative Development hosted a press-briefing to represente the team of scientists working in the field of mathematics in our republic and abroad to the broad public, as well as to inform the public about the procedure for awarding the prize, established in accordance with the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan dated October 30, 2020  “On approval the Regulations on the procedure for awarding the international Muhammad Al-Khorezmi award by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.”

The international presidential award Mohammed Al-Khwarizmi, established to reward scientists, will be awarded personally to those (including foreign citizens and stateless persons) who proposed a solution to one or more specific problems in practice, based on the results of fundamental and applied scientific research in the field of mathematics.

The prize will be awarded every two years by the President upon recommendation of the Republican Council for Science and Technology (Council) in the following 3 areas:

fundamental research;

research made by young scientists;

research in the real sector of the economy.

The Mathematical Society will submit proposals on nominees for the award to the Ministry of Innovative Development with the relevant approved documents, within the established time frame. The Ministry, having studied and agreed upon all the required documents for the nominees, will submit recommendations on candidates for the award and documents on scientific achievements of candidates to the Council for consideration.

If approved by the Board, the winners will receive a one-time cash prize of $ 50,000 equivalent. The spending of the award money by scientists or a group of scientists is not controlled.

 

Cooperation with Singapore in the sphere of innovation

On November 13, negotiations were held in the video conferencing format between the Ministry of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Singapore. The Deputy Minister of the innovative development Azimjon Nazarov and the Uzbek Ambassador in Singapore Kakhramon Shakirov took part in the meeting.

  1. Nazarov updated the meeting participants on the work undertaken by the Ministry of Innovative Development. K. Shakirov spoke about the achievements of Singapore in the spheres of science, technology and innovation, the peculiarities of cooperation in this country.

During the meeting, the parties discussed issues of cooperation between the Ministry of Innovative Development and relevant organizations and departments in Singapore. In particular, they discussed issues of cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Singapore, the development of joint research projects with the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A * STAR), innovative research, and other perspective scientific and technical projects.

 

A seminar on the largest healthcare database

The current global COVID-19 crisis has proven the importance of having access to evidence-based medicine databases in order to provide healthcare professionals with the latest clinical research data and updated information on COVID-19 treatment, guidelines and emerging scientific developments.

On November 12, 2020, the Center of the Scientific and Technical Information under the Ministry of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan, jointly with representatives of ‘Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)’ company, organized a webinar dedicated to the Cochrane Library. The webinar was attended by young scientists and researchers of the medical higher educational institutions and research centers.

The senior regional representative of the ‘Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)’ company, Sergey V. Paramonov, reported on the role of independent evidence in the decision making in healthcare.  He updated on the types of content in the Cochrane Library database (systematic reviews, clinical research, clinical responses) that are available to librarians, medical doctors and healthcare professionals to make decisions based on the latest research findings.

As a reminder, within the framework of the agreements reached between the Ministry of Innovative Development and the Wiley publishing company, higher educational and research institutions of our republic have been provided with test access to the electronic resources of the Wiley Online Library from  September 15, 2020.

The Center for Scientific and Technical Information provides technical support for this project and organizes explanatory webinars.

Unlimited access to the Elsevier Clinicalkey platform

On November 10, an online seminar was held with the participation of the representatives of the Ministry of Innovative Development and the ‘Elsevier’ company. The event was attended by the officials from the Ministry of Innovative Development, the Ministry of Health, representatives of Elsevier, rectors and vice-rectors of higher educational institutions under the Ministry of Health, as well as directors of research centers, their deputies and others.

In accordance with the agreement signed between the Ministry of Innovative Development and Elsevier, the medical institutions under the Ministry of Health will have unlimited access to the ClinicalKey platform through the company’s IP address. Our researchers and healthcare professionals will have unlimited access to the latest global medical research findings through the Elsevier Clinicalkey platform until March 1, 2021.

During the workshop, the medical professionals and researchers were informed about the guidelines of using the ClinicalKey platform.

The Elsevier Clinicalkey platform contains data on the latest achievements of the medical practice made in microsurgery, robotic- and nuclear surgeries, medical genetics, updates of standards of treatment and diagnostics, application of clinical protocols as well as on broad use of the guidelines of the evidence-based medicine worldwide. Representatives of the medical sector of our republic have now access to this resource.

It is worth noting that the Elsevier ClinicalKey platform is one of the world’s leading providers of evidence-based health information for medical doctors.

How are Uzbek researchers using the SPRINGER NATURE platform?

Currently, in accordance with an agreement signed with the Ministry of Innovative Development, 105 scientific and educational organizations of the Republic of Uzbekistan have subscribed to the link.springer.com platform of Springer Nature Publishing. Employees of these organizations have the ability to search and select journals without restrictions, read and download current scientific articles and research reports, and use the platform remotely after registration. Thus, from January 1 to June 31, 2020, 3,266 private users of these organizations were registered for remote use (as of June 31, 2020).

In January-July 2020, the Springer Nature link.springer.com website was visited by 4,736 people from Uzbekistan, the number of visits was 15,827, the number of pages viewed was 134,470.

According to statistics, the link.springer.com platform is popular among Uzbek scientists. Thus, in January 2020, 4077 articles were downloaded, in February – 11676, in March 2020 – 9740, in April – 5660, in May – 4067 and in June – 13398. A slight decrease in the number of downloads in March, April and May 2020 due to the spread of the coronavirus and the announcement of quarantine. It should be noted that in June 2020, the number of downloads increased significantly. This can be explained by the increase in the number of webinars for users organized by the Center for Scientific and Technical Information and the Ministry of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Demand for modern research and educational literature is growing among scientists, researchers and students of Uzbekistan. Currently, the number of online requests from Uzbek organizations and scientists to download books in various fields is growing.

By the number of articles published in journals on the link.springer.com platform in January-June 2020, the most published scientific areas in Uzbekistan are: physics – 28%, engineering – 19%, pharmaceuticals – 15%, Mathematics – 15%, chemistry – 8%, other sciences – 15%.

For more information:

Alexandrova Irina Alekseevna

Springer is a representative of nature

In the countries of Central Asia

Mob. + 7 7017431444

irina.alexandrova@springernature.com

Prospects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and India in the field of innovations discussed

Ambassador of Uzbekistan to India Dilshod Akhatov met with the head of the Indian company Routern.com Chandrakant Sharma.

The event discussed the ongoing consistent work on the active implementation of innovative solutions in various sectors of Uzbekistan, the implementation of joint projects in this direction and support of the startup ecosystem. The parties also analyzed joint projects planned for the near future and identified priorities for cooperation.

Charles Sharma noted that in the current situation in the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, the need for digital solutions, knowledge and modern information technologies is growing dynamically. In this regard, the parties exchanged views on such issues as tourism, distance learning, wide promotion of products manufactured by entrepreneurs, including craftsmen of Uzbekistan, through online trading platforms.

It should be noted that representatives of Routern.com visited Uzbekistan in 2018-2019 and held negotiations with the relevant ministries and departments of our country. In October 2019, Chandrakant Sharma was appointed Honorary Ambassador of the Ministry of Innovative Development of Uzbekistan to India.