10.08.2012 [News]

Benchmarking Exercise of RTDI in the field of nano-science and nanotechnologies in Kazakhstan, 2012

Currently production efficiency can be achieved primarily through the development of innovative processes and new technologies to produce new types of competitive products. Innovation covers not only technical or technological development, but any improvements in all areas of scientific and industrial activity. Continuous equipment upgrading and technology innovation processes create conditions for the production of competitive products, gaining and preserving top market positions of the companies and improving the performance and efficiency of the enterprises.

That is why WP9-Pilot Evaluation Exercises the Benchmarking of RTDI in the field of nano-science and nanotechnologies were carried out in Kazakhstan, Armenia, Bulgaria, and Belorussia within the frame of the IncoNet EECA project.

A benchmarking exercise identifies best practices based on a self-evaluation and site visits by international experts. Four research institutions in four different countries took part in the exercise: the Institute of Physical Research of the Armenian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Solid State Physics, the Institute of Electronics and the Institute of Polymers of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Nuclear Problems of the Belarus State University and the Institute of Physics and Technology in Kazakhstan. The thematic focus for the analysis was the field of nano-technologies and nano-science. The institutes are quite different in size and scope, but still similar enough to run the benchmarking.

Benchmarking of RTDI in the field of nano-science and nanotechnologies was carried out in the Institute of Physics and Technology (IPT), 25-26 April, 2012, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

InExCB-KZ confirmed IPT’s participation in the Benchmarking exercise and organized the visit of international experts to IPT:

  1. Prof. Dr. Erich Gornik, Institut für Festkörperelektronik Technische Universität Wien, Austria
  2. Mr. Paul Edgar Tomlins, Biomaterials Group Leader (Principal Research Scientist) National Physical Laboratory, London, England
  3. Ms. Elke Dall, Head of Unit “Research Policy and Development” at ZSI - Centre for Social Innovation, Wien, Austria

During the visit, experts got acquainted with the activity and strategy of the Institute, visited the labs, and had interviews with heads of group, young scientists, and discussions with the top management.

On the basis of received information, the experts prepared final report of benchmarking exercise, which included SWOT analysis, recommendations and comments and were provided to IPT for further use.

Source: Dr Kamila Magzieva, National Coordinator FP7-NCP-Kz, Director InExCB-Kz