Content №1 от 2019

Akademgorodok 2.0 Megaproject: Dreams Come True?

The article discusses the formation features of science cities and university towns in the Russian Federation against the background of global development processes of regional science and innovation systems. We conclude that it is expedient to provide state support to the strongest ones in order to set up national centers for the integration of science, education, and high-tech business. It is shown that one of such center should be Novosibirsk Akademgorodok, which hosts the Novosibirsk Scientific Center SB RAS, a leader among regional research and innovation systems of Russia in terms of R&D scale and diversification. We consider the main provisions of the Siberian Science City strategic initiative proposed in the Program for Reindustrialization of the Economy of Novosibirsk Oblast till 2025, as well as the Concept for the Development of the Novosibirsk Scientific Center (Novosibirsk Akademgorodok) as a high R&D concentration territory (Akademgorodok 2.0 Megaproject), developed on the direct instructions of the President of the Russian Federation. The article carries out comparative analysis of these documents and deduces that they are very close ideologically, but the Akademgorodok 2.0 Megaproject did a more thorough exploration on building world-class science and innovation infrastructure, as well as housing, social, transport, and engineering infrastructure that provides the modern and comfortable social living environment. Within Akademgorodok 2.0, we consider creating a world-class research and educational center at the premises of Novosibirsk National Research State University and its relations with academic institutions and industrial partners. We reveal the positive influence that the Akademgorodok 2.0 Megaproject has on the development of Novosibirsk Oblast and Novosibirsk City, as well as possible problem areas and risks of this strategic initiative.

Seliverstov V. Ye.

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