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Through its ten years activity, ISTC has grown from focusing on offering opportunities of civil conversion to former weapon scientists to becoming a key actor fostering innovation systems in Russia. As a result of this study by Prof. Idenburg, it is recommended that, in line with similar developments elsewhere in the world, ISTC makes new efforts to realise the potential societal and commercial innovation value of its party funded projects. In that regard, the ISTC funded projects, in the years to come, should gradually develop from Science & Technology in search of societal needs and commercial markets into societal and commercial needs in search of Science & Technology. To grasp this inversion in the conceptual approach the report underlines the need in a transition Russia, for more Edisons and fewer Einsteins. In practice the report makes 20 recommendations that could be implemented without delays, ranging from �targeted technology initiatives� to considering the issue of income from the commercialisation success of ISTC projects. Taking those steps it is argued, will contribute significantly to the sustainability of ISTC and of the Science & Technology institutes involved in these projects. Directly and indirectly this will contribute to achieving the non-proliferation objectives pursued by the Founding Parties when signing the ISTC Agreement.

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Authors: IDENBURG P J, Delft University of Technology, Delft (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2004. 36 pp, free of charge
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