ArmInfo.As a result of the global festival of science communication and art Starmus VI, the leading universities of Armenia signed more than 10 memorandums, established personal ties with world-famous scientists. Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Armenia Arayik Harutyunyan stated this during a press conference, summing up the results of the global festival held in September.
In this regard, he remarked: "I hope that these ties will materialize in the form of various models of cooperation, publications, launching laboratories, etc."
Harutyunyan said that within the framework of preliminary discussions with Starmus, the possibilities of holding small-scale scientific events in Armenia, as well as organizing large-scale events every 2-3 years to sum up the results were considered. In this regard, the head of the Prime Minister's Office noted that the festival first of all aroused interest among schoolchildren. In this vein, he said that within the framework of the Starmus camp, on the territory of which there were 19 pavilions of various directions, 48 eminent speakers, 21 musical groups, 14 teachers, and over 80 thousand visitors, most of whom were school students, took part. "I am sure that some of these children will be involved in the scientific field in the future," Harutyunyan said.
According to him, the government attaches special importance to the development of science. In particular, over 4 and half years, the volume of state budget financing increased by 150%. Today, the government has the opportunity to double and even triple the amount allocated to the scientific sector, however, as the official noted, this requires an appropriate level of development of the abilities of the scientific community.
In turn, founder of Starmus, astrophysicist Garik Israelian added that such a problem exists not only in Armenia, but is also widespread in the world. <Funding should be synchronized with capacity. When water is poured onto asphalt, it is not absorbed by it, another thing is when it is poured onto the soil>, the scientist noted.
Summing up Starmus VI, he positively assessed the festival in Armenia in every sense, noting in this regard the dynamic work of the festival team, the interaction and mutual influence of students and the scientific community, the content of the festival program, etc. <Probably, Starmus <was born under a lucky star>, because everything went well. But, I should say that we initially had ambitions, and I said that the best Starmus will be held in Armenia>, he concluded.
This year Starmus was held from September 4 -9 s and was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the first landing of the Mars 3 space station on Mars. It is noteworthy that Mars 3 was transported to the Red Planet by the famous Armenian engineer Alexander Kemurjian's Prop-M robot. World-renowned scientists, Nobel laureates, astronauts, musicians and artists are already visiting Armenia. It is a platform that unites figures of science, culture and art, within which they present their knowledge, experience and latest discoveries to the public in publicly accessible formats. The world-famous STARMUS festival is associated with Stephen Hawking, Brian May, Alexei Leonov and other world-famous famous names, has been held since 2011 and combines science, education, art and technology. STARMUS festival was founded by astrophysicist Garik Israelian and astrophysicist Brian May, guitarist of the legendary band "Queen". Their unification around one platform makes it possible to highlight the problems of our time and discuss solutions.