The RA Minister of Education and Science Armen Ashotyan today received Nobel prize winners Tim Hunt and Martin Chalfie, who are in our country on the initiative of the Armenian Youth Foundation, “Association of Young Biologists” NGO and with the support of MES State Committee of Science, “Tufenkian” Charitable Foundation and Matenadaran. The Minister welcomed the guests, highly appreciating their visit to Armenia, and mentioned that the meeting with the Nobel prize winners is a unique chance for the Armenian young scientists and students to communicate with the advanced scientific mind.
In this context A. Ashotyan referred to a series of issues that exist in the sphere of science, mainly to the science funding and budget allocation, highlighting that the development of the scientific field is a priority for the RA Government and it is expected to increase the spending on this area with 1 milliard 20 million drams. The Minister also touched the problem of “Brain drain”, mentioning that the problem is already a global one. “The state endeavors not to break relations with the talented Armenian young people all over the world: The main thing is that they never forget their homeland and invest their experience and knowledge to make progress in the field of science in Armenia”, Ashotyan stated.
The Nobel Prize winners in their turn thanked for the meeting and mentioned that, while familiarizing with the issues of the scientific-educational system and meeting with the young scientists, they had highly evaluated the Armenian scientific input and were impressed with the educational services our Higher Educational Institutions provided.
At the end of the meeting the two laureates – Tim Hunt and Martin Chalfie, were awarded “Gold Medals”- the highest prize of the Ministry of Education and Science, by the Minister A. Ashotyan for supporting the Armenian young scientists and the scientific-educational sphere.