A round table devoted to the creation of an innovation cluster in Moscow, the definition of its areas of activity and the formation of the necessary legal framework was held at the site of All-Russia People's Front.
The innovation cluster is created in order to coordinate the interaction of organisations in the field of industry, science, and education. It will be a single platform that navigates all members of the cluster in the existing support measures and provides new tools aimed at the manufacture of competitive products.
Anatoly Alexandrov, Rector of the Bauman MSTU, believes that the platform of the innovation cluster will help improve the interaction of structures of different subordination and will allow uniting efforts.
'A tenth of Russia's population lives in Moscow. This is an amazing potential! Serious industry and science are concentrated here. The idea is to combine all this, but not in a mandatory order, but in a declarative one, when each member of the cluster will be able to tell about itself and offer services', said Anatoly Alexandrov. - 'We have good experience in creating industry clusters. For example, the Moscow Composite Cluster (MCC) has been operating for many years. It shows good outputs. A productive interaction has been established in the industry, although everyone seemed to know each other.
It is very important to combine science and production. Developments of Soviet and Russian scientists are known. But when the introduction of these developments begins, the situation becomes more difficult. Therefore, it is necessary to raise a new entrepreneur culture. We need to learn entrepreneurship, cooperation', said the Rector of the MSTU.
'For a long time there has been a dispute in society and scientific community: what is more important — fundamental or applied science? There is an opinion that there is only general science. But until the engineer comes to science, knowledge will never become technology and will not bring real benefits to people. Therefore, we really need to unite fundamental applied science with specific application — this chain needs to be tuned. And the cluster can help here', said Anatoly Alexandrov.
For all participants of the new cluster, various support measures are provided at the stages of entering the cluster, implementing innovations and creating cooperative projects. Vladimir Nelyub, Director of SIE Composites of Russia at Bauman MSTU offered another measure of support — in the form of subsidies for the creation of new production facilities.
'The innovation cluster is fundamentally different from other clusters, as in addition to the existing support methods, it creates new ones. This is very positive. If small business, scientific organisations, education are supported within the framework of the project, we are very interested in it. I am sure that such cooperation is very productive, and we will see the first results in 2019', said Vladimir Nelyub.