The meeting took place during the 21st Mendeleyev Congress on General and Applied Chemistry.
Excerpts from the transcript:
Meeting with Nobel Prize winners, heads of chemists’ associations and representatives of international and Russian academic organisations
Dmitry Medvedev: Ladies and gentlemen, colleagues, friends,
First of all, I would like to sincerely thank all of you for your tremendous work during the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. On the initiative of the UN General Assembly, the entire world is marking the 150th anniversary of the brilliant discovery, made by Dmitry Mendeleyev. And Russia views the 21st Mendeleyev Congress on General and Applied Chemistry, due to open right after our meeting, as a landmark event.
I am delighted to have this opportunity to thank you, famous scientists, who have gathered here today, as well as academicians, professors and world-famous researchers. Your participation in the events marking this anniversary graphically confirms that the academic elite of the entire world is paying tribute to the merits of our great Russian scientist. For the past 150 years, his work has been serving as a foundation for new research, and his example inspires those who view science as their calling, and who are ready to dedicate themselves to this cause. And, perhaps, this is the most important aspect of our compatriot’s legacy.
Acting in line with the events dedicated to marking the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, we, the Russian Federation, contacted UNESCO and suggested instituting an international prize for outstanding achievements in the field of chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology that would be named in honour of Dmitry Mendeleyev. This is the first time that Russia is submitting such a request to UNESCO. I am confident that this prize can become a good incentive for talented researchers and teams, motivating them to conquer new academic heights. And, of course, it can have special significance for young researchers. Financial support is not the only important aspect for scientists, even if such support is substantial. I hope that the Mendeleyev Prize will be quite handsome; as per our proposal, its two winners will be entitled to $250,000 each. So, this prize is quite weighty. But this is not the only thing that matters.
The recognition of their merits at the highest international level and their affiliation with the global academic elite is an especially unique value. I hope that the UNESCO Secretariat will support our initiative, and that we will be able to congratulate the first winners of the Dmitry Mendeleyev Prize in the near future.
I would like to once again wish all of you present here every success [during the congress], interesting discussions, conversations and a fruitful exchange of ideas.
Thank you very much for coming to the Russian Federation, to St Petersburg with its wonderful weather.
We have an opportunity to exchange various opinions. I would like to ask some of our colleagues to take the floor. Let’s start with Mr Zhou Qi-Feng, President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. Esteemed Mr Qi-Feng, you have the floor.
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September 9, 2019 at 04:50PM