One of the principal conditions for the development of Russian science is its integration into the global science system by way of international cooperation on a mutually beneficial long-term basis. Therefore, developing international cooperation is becoming one of the priority areas of activity for Karelian Research Centre of RAS.
The Administration of the KRC of RAS Presidium regards international cooperation as one of the key tools of the development of science in the Republic of Karelia intended to contribute to fundraising and importing foreign experience and scientific knowledge for tackling problems in many spheres of scientific activity. Today, international cooperation helps mitigate the impacts of the transition period, economic and financial crisis.
In this sphere, the primary goal of the Centre is to use the factor of international cooperation for the benefit of scientific advancement, of supporting individual fields of science and providing scientists with conditions favourable for fruitful research.
The central objectives of international cooperation of KRC of RAS are:
- Promoting and representing the scientific interests of Russia and Karelia abroad;
- Enhancing the recognition of Karelian Research Centre on an international level as one of the leading scientific centres in North-West Russia
- Integrating into the global science system on the basis of mutually beneficial long-term cooperation
Annually, the researchers of KRC of RAS implement about 50 projects involving foreign partners. The array of KRC partnership links is rather wide and includes over 80 organisations from 21 countries. KRC of RAS takes an active part in cooperation performed within the framework of programmes of the European Union, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Barents Euro-Arctic Region (BEAR), the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), the Arctic Region. KRC is among the members of the Association of Circumpolar Universities; the Centre also has its representatives in the working party of the Russian-Finnish Commission on Scientific and Technical Links and the BEAR working party on education and research.
Traditionally, Finland has been the major partner of KRC in international cooperation. In terms of numbers, cooperation with Finland (which includes projects, experts exchange, joint expeditions, trainings, research conferences) amounts to over 70%.
Considering the experience in international cooperation, as well as geopolitical factors, the preferred areas of international cooperation are as follows:
- Continuing to develop bilateral cooperation with Finland (which has a well-developed legal framework at the international and regional levels, and is listed among the priorities identified at the federal level);
- Enhancing the cooperation with the Nordic countries (programmes of the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, bilateral cooperation with the Nordic countries);
- Restoring the links with the countries of the former Soviet Union, including by means of EU framework programmes;
- Extending the cooperation with the regions of Western Europe (with consideration of the geographical priority of the North-West of Russia in EU programmes, first of all the Neighbourhood programmes, EU Northern Dimension initiative and development of the Euregio Karelia);
- Taking a more active part in the cooperation in the Baltic Sea region (the Council of the Baltic Sea States, respective Neighbourhood programmes) and the Arctic region (the Arctic Council, the Northern Forum);
- Intensifying efforts to create conditions for financing research activities through EU framework programmes for research and development.