Science and Technology Convergence Conference
The Conference is a unique opportunity to bring together representatives of academia and the tech industry, government representatives, the international donor community, and other major stakeholders to address the issues that are essential for the progress of scientific research and technology transfer activities. STCC is co-organized by the IIAP of National Academy of Science of Armenia and Catalyst Foundation.
The conference featured more than 80 speakers, 40+ research posters, and had over 400 attendees. The discussion topics included:
Industry and academia collaboration to build capacity and enable Armenia to grow a sustainable talent pipeline;
Armenia’s digital transformation agenda and opportunities, and the perspectives of research universities in Armenia;
Tech opportunities, science funding initiatives, and rebuilding the science in Armenia;
Drug Discovery with Physics-Informed Machine Learning, and automation and simulation capabilities;
The future of hardware engineering and autonomy research in Armenia;
Space research vision for Armenia, commercial space tech and opportunities for small nations like Armenia, and emerging space research programs;
Building a Biotech R&D presence in Armenia, Bioinformatics as the catalyst for life science R&D in Armenia, and Diaspora resources and what the local ground needs.
Science and Technology Convergence Conference also serves as a platform for researchers who would like to present their research works on applied research topics. In particular, in addition to a series of presentations and panel discussions, during the conference it is also planned to have a poster session, where relevant individuals/groups will be able to present their research works on the following topics:
Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, and Autonomy Research
Computational Biology and Healthcare
Physics, Engineering and Space
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The conference brought over 50 speakers and more than 800 participants together in one platform and facilitated discussions on:
Creating a roadmap towards the establishment of a robust Machine Learning Ph.D. program in Armenia;
Involving postdocs from leading universities to Armenia and discussing avenues for potential repatriation;
Establishing joint research labs with the collaboration of US and European universities, and local established tech companies;
Establishing effective cooperation with European and US university labs.
The conference included:
20 individual presentations given by keynote speakers;
Two poster sessions, where emerging local deep-tech startups presented their ideas for in-depth technical discussions.