12.10.2012 | Chisinau, Moldova

Workshop on fighting brain-drain and re-connecting the scientific diaspora with research and development in Moldova

The Academy of Sciences of Moldova (ASM) in cooperation with the Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL – Switzerland) and International Organization for Migration, mission to Moldova, organized on October 12, 2012 in Chisinau the regional workshop: 'The highly-qualified mobility and the development of Moldova’s research and innovation sector: the necessity of a strategic vision'.
The event brought together some relevant national and international representatives that play an active role in the approach of mobility and development phenomenon as an instrument of socio-economic development.

International experts, representatives of international organizations/ donors and Moldovan scientific community members discussed the importance and the most effective ways of co-opting highly skilled diaspora in the development of their home country. Thus, the first session of the workshop was devoted to presenting and discussing the results and success stories of the pilot project conducted by IOM and ASM entitled 'Addressing brain-drain through temporary return of expatriated Moldovan scientists and overseas young researchers to strengthen Moldova as a research & development hub and to promote temporary and permanent return and skill transfer'.

The main results of the project implemented by ASM and EPFL entitled 'Connecting the Moldovan scientific diaspora to scientific and economic development of the country of origin' were presented in the second session. Last session of the event was dedicated to national regional and international experiences, in developing and implementing policies, instruments and initiatives to attract highly skilled diaspora in the development strategies of countries of origin.

As a result of the workshop, a policy document that will contain recommendations addressed to public institutions in Moldova responsible for highly skilled migration, and members of the scientific community from Moldova, international organizations and donors will be issued.

Source: Dr. Vitalie Varzari, Department for European Integration and International Cooperation, Academy of Sciences of Moldova