A Busy Day in Moscow

by Eric Drexler on 2011/10/26

I am no longer in possession of a Russian secret regarding the lineup of speakers during the opening plenary session of Rusnanotech 2011 this morning.

Rusnanotech is organized by Russia’s state-sponsored nanotechnology investment corporation, Rusnano. My plenary talk followed a speech by Anatoly Chubais, the Chairman of Rusnano and former First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia. The secret had been the arrival of Dmitry Medvedev, the President of the Russian Federation, who spoke next, closing the plenary session.

Other events today included a press conference, followed by a longer talk and discussion with an audience drawn from several technical universities, and then a relaxing time spent in a Moscow traffic jam.

More news later.

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DiamondPolymer November 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm UTC

From your experiences there in Russia, do you find the Russian academic community and others to be more open to molecular manufacturing concepts, than their colleagues in America and other places, as opposed to the nanoparticle/nanomaterial research?

In a word (to be read with emphasis): Yes.
— Eric

Maxwell Rebo November 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm UTC

With that in mind, would you advise prospective/hopeful nanoengineers to consider opportunities in Russia? (In particular, those who are tired of the American tradition of drowning in red tape.)

I think that the general atmosphere is likely to be better, an least in some areas, but I have no experience with the research bureaucracy there.
— Eric

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