A delegation of Skolkovo Foundation representatives will take an active part in the key events of the 7th Baikal International Economic Forum (BIEF 2011), which will be held in Irkutsk on 12–14 September 2011.

Skolkovo Foundation President Viktor Vekselberg will pay a visit to Irkutsk State Technical University (ISTU) and meet with Russian Technologies State Corporation Director General Sergey Chemezov, as well as visit the Skolkovo Foundation exhibition at the SibExpoCentre.

The students of Irkutsk are invited to come see the Skolkovo Foundation booth on 12–14 September 2011, where special tours will be organised for them.

Additionally, the Foundation's leading officials and experts are planning to hold meetings and discussions with their colleagues and partners at some of BIEF's key events.

Igor Goryanin, executive director of the Skolkovo Innovation Center’s Biomedical Technologies Cluster, will attend the opening ceremony of the Centre of Competence for the Implementation of Medical Information Systems, which will take place on 13 September 2011 at the Irkutsk Regional Clinical Consultative and Diagnostic Center (11.00 am to12.00 pm, 109 Baikalskaya Street, Irkutsk Regional Clinical Consultative and Diagnostic Center).

On 13 September, Maksim Mikhailov, project manager of the Energy Efficiency Cluster, will also represent the Skolkovo Foundation at the international Europe–Russia–Asia–Pacific – Energy: Integration and Cooperation Conference, as part of BIEF's official program (2.00–5.00 pm, Baikal Business Centre, Large Conference Hall, 279 Baikalskaya Street).

Sergei Kozhukhar, investor relations director of the Skolkovo Foundation's Investment Department, will act as leading consultant at Skolkovo's booth at the SibExpoCentre (daily from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, SibExpoCentre, Pavilion 2, 253a, Baikalskaya Street).

The delegation also includes representatives from the youth nonprofit Future Community Leaders: Futurussia Skolkovo, which is an official partner of the Skolkovo Foundation.

The Skolkovo Foundation

The Skolkovo Foundation for Development of the Centre of Research and Commercialising of New Technologies was created at the initiative of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in September 2010. Its goal is to mobilise Russia’s resources in modern applied research and create a favourable environment for academic pursuits in five key areas of technological development: energy and energy efficiency, space, biomedicine, nuclear technologies and IT.

The project calls for establishing the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (SIST), research institutions, a business incubator, a technology transfer and commercialisation centre, representative offices of foreign companies and R&D centers, residential quarters and social infrastructure, as well as for eventually spreading the effective system to other innovation regions in Russia. Special laws governing Skolkovo give its residents special economic preferences.