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DFG President Gives Honorary Lecture at the April Conference organised by the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow

(25.04.16) In April, Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider, the President of the German Research Foundation (DFG), gave an Honorary Lecture at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. It was part of the DFG's participation in the 18th "April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development" at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) and featured a section on academic administration and research funding. The HSE series of conferences is the most important academic platform for discussing the social, economic and academic modernisation of Russia.

DFG President Peter Strohschneider

The DFG has regularly taken part in the April conferences, which are organised by the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and attended by high-ranking delegates. This year, President Strohschneider's contribution discussed the role of research organisations in social innovation. The section was chaired by Leonid Gokhberg, the First Pro-rector of the University, who maintains very close contact with German universities, ministries and research institutions.

Over 70 delegates accepted the invitation to attend the talk along with prominent representatives of the DFG's Russian partner organisations, including Vladimir Fridlyanov, the Chairman of the Russian Foundation for Humanities (RFH); Oleg Belyavski, the General Director of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) and Yuri Simachev, the Deputy General Director of the Russian Science Foundation (RSF). The intense discussion that followed was evidence of the strong interest both sides have in the debate and in the development of funding structures which also offer opportunities for long-term collaboration.

The Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow was founded as a reform university in 1992 along the lines of the London School of Economics (LSE) and will be developed over the next few years to attain the status of a full university. It is part of the select group of national research universities in Russia and is the only one of the 40 leading higher education institutions in the country with a strong profile in economics and social sciences. Approximately 23,000 students are matriculated at four locations in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgrorod und Perm. There are international collaborations with many German universities. The DFG has been funding some of the research projects for a long time.

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