XII Annual Research Conference
On December 4-8, the XII Annual Research Conference took place at Russian-Armenian University. This year, the Conference was confined to the 20th anniversary of RAU.
The opening ceremony started with a minute of silence in tribute to the memory of late Professor Hrachik Vardapetyan, renowned scholar and Head of RAU Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biotechnology.
RAU Vice-Rector for Science, Professor Pargev Avetisyan, greeted the Conference guests and participants and in his welcoming speech highlighted the university's research achievements, the events in different research areas, master classes, round-tables organized at RAU throughout the year.
"This Conference is sort of a concluding event, as it sums up all the research events that took place at RAU during the year", he mentioned, “We are very much glad that the XII Annual Research Conference has gathered participants from various universities from Armenia and abroad, we are particularly glad to see many young researchers”.
Among the conference attendees were academic staff, Ph.D. and Master’s students from RAU, YSU, YSLU named after V. Bryusov, Kh. Abovyan Armenian State Pedagogical University, National Polytechnic University of Armenia, Gyumri State Pedagogical Institute, Vanadzor State Pedagogical Institute and Artsakh State University.
The official greeting from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Armenia H.E. Ivan Volynkin was read out by his adviser S. Kosinchikova. "The contribution of RAU academic staff and Rector Prof. Armen Darbinyan personally to the development of the Russian-Armenian relations in science and education, as well as their adherence to the Russian educational standards and support of the Russian language and culture in Armenia is invaluable," was emphasized.
RAU Rector Prof. Armen Darbinyan opened the plenary session with his research report “Armenia–2020: the Need of New Political Economics”. Having analyzed the 26 years of Armenia's development as a sovereign state, Prof. Darbinyan identified several development steps from the angle of political economics: political economics of liberalization, political economics of macroeconomic stabilization, introduction of political economics of managed market with elements of large privatization, economics of crisis management, political economics of extensive growth and political authoritarianism and political economics of restoring legitimacy.
"With the adoption of the new Armenian Constitution, in 2018 begins a new stage of development, which needs new political economics," he said. "We are entering a unique period of development, when we can take advantage of the favorable situation of political legitimacy and carry out breakthrough changes in the strategy of further development".
He mentioned that the new political economics has three pillars: export encouragement, ultimate regional and international integration and technological development.
The second plenary report was delivered by Head of RAU Department of Bioengineering, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology, Director of the Institute of Molecular Biology of the National Academy of Sciences of RA, Associate Prof. Arsen Arakelyan, Ph.D. In his presentation, he introduced the prospects of development of Bioinformatics in Armenia.
During the five working days, the participating scholars presented more than 330 research reports in various research areas. The Conference embraced two main sessions: natural science and technology (mathematics, computer science, engineering science, physics, chemistry and biology) and social sciences and humanities (philosophy, political science, history, economics, law, linguistics and philology, PR and communications and psychology).
The papers presented at the XII Annual Research Conference will be published in the conference proceedings.