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April 2011
News from Tomsk, Russia

Valentin SemkeScience Day in our country is traditionally observed on 8 February according to the Presidential Decree “About Establishment of Russian Science Day”. This dates back 11 years, since 1999. Thus Feast-day was decided on the day of the establishment of the Russian Academy of Sciences by Peter the Great in February 1724.

On 8 February, in the Administration of the Tomsk District, a grand meeting was held for the scientific community devoted to Russian Science Day. A special mood was created by the performance of the anthem of students of all ages “Gaudeamus” by the famous choir of the Tomsk State University.

“We are not only proud of your achievements but also expect from you much more; significance of high school and academia for the development of Tomsk District is hardly to be overestimated”, said the Governor.

One more important task pronounced by Victor Kress was that Tomsk Science must participate in international and Russian projects, which will be realized on our territory; as well as the development of Tomsk Technical Innovation Zone and creation of consortium of Tomsk Universities and biomedical cluster. This is an entry into pharmaceutical Russian cluster based on import substitution.

“We shall promote the involvement of Tomsk organizations dealing with science to work with state corporations and institutes of developments”, said the Governor. “I believe that our joint efforts will improve the quality of the life of the inhabitants of our region and transform Tomsk into an actual world center of education, science and innovations!”

One of the proofs of the high level of Tomsk medical science is the fact that Academician - Director of Mental Health Research Institute and President of International Association of Ethnopsychologists and Ethnopsychotherapists - Valentin Semke was awarded a State Prize in the field of science and technology. Participants of the meeting warmly applauded the prize-winner and Governor Victor Kress presented him with flowers.

Svetlana Vladimirova
International Association of Ethnopsychologists and Ethnopsychotherapists

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