New report on the science systems in Russia and the Baltic States

The science systems in Russia and the Baltic States have undergone profound changes since 1991. Increased focus on international cooperation is one result of these changes, a change in focus that the Nordic countries stand to benefit from, concludes NordForsk’s new report.
The NordForsk report ”Developments in research – an outline of the science systems in Russia and the Baltic States” gives an overview of how the science systems in the individual countries are constructed and of the most important reforms carried out since 1991.

The report discusses some of the most important challenges currently facing these science systems. Small R&D budgets, brain drain from research to other areas of society as well as abroad and poor mechanisms for translating research results into economic development are pertinent problems in all countries.

The report also presents the countries’ current and planned research priorities. All countries have increased their cooperation with western, including the Nordic countries, considerably. However, to further strengthen such cooperation, it is important that the Nordic countries employ different strategies for the three Baltic countries and Russia respectively. The Nordic region is seen as an important partner for the Baltic countries, but the region ranks considerably lower on Russia’s list of priorities.

However, the internationalisation of research is high on the agenda in both the Nordic countries and in Russia and the Baltic states, and this process has increased the impetus for Nordic-Russian and Nordic-Baltic research collaboration.