UK, KAZAKHSTAN, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, 10 November 2020 – A series of trainings and interactive sessions on commercialisation of scientific research, developing professional skills, career growth, book publishing and mechanisms of attracting talented Kazakh youth from abroad were hosted to mark the third anniversary of the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK (the Association).
During the plenary session, Erlan Idrissov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UK and Mentor of the Association, noted the importance of supporting the initiatives of young scientists and stressed that building human capital remains the top priority of Kazakhstan’s leadership.
Speakers of the event included Akylbek Kamaldinov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Canada; Kenzhebek Ibrashev, Rector of the Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU); Eric Lawrie, Director of British Council Kazakhstan; Serik Shakarim, CEO of Seedstars Kazakhstan; and Elmira Obry, Acting CEO of the Bureau for Continuing Professional Development of the Astana International Financial Centre (BCPD). They expressed readiness to cooperate with the Association and spoke in detail about their opportunities in attracting and developing scientific potential and innovation ecosystem in Kazakhstan.
Aliya Sembayeva, President of the Association and PhD student in Organic Chemistry at the University of Liverpool, informed the audience about the consistent geographical expansion of the Association which now includes Kazakh scientists in Canada and Australia. The Association’s Ambassador to Canada Madina Junussova brought forward a proposal to create a Kazakh-Canadian mentorship platform to support young scientists in Kazakhstan with the involvement of experienced Canadian scientists.
The training series to mark the anniversary of the Association took place from 10 to 12 November and cover the following topics:
- inspiring entrepreneurial thinking and commercialisation of scientific research;
- career and research collaboration opportunities in Central Asia;
- book publishing;
- market opportunity.
Speakers and trainers included: Mr Shakarim, CEO of Seedstars Kazakhstan; Ilyas Ospanov, CEO of QazInnovations; Abdilda Shamenov, President of the Alliance of Technology Commercialisation Professionals; Jurek Sikorski, Executive Director of the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship; Oleg Metzik, Head of Kazakhstan’s Atlas of New Professions project; Gulmira Raissova, Chair of the Coordinating Council of the HR Association of Kazakhstan; representatives of the Satbayev University, KBTU and the University of Central Asia, as well as British and Kazakh editors and authors in the field of public policy.
Sponsor of the event: Nursultan Nazarbayev Foundation
Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK was established in November 2017. Its main goal is to exchange scientific knowledge and experience, develop cooperation with businesses in tackling production problems and implementing scientific research results. It is the largest association of Kazakh scientists abroad that includes more than 100 researchers – Kazakh citizens who participate in scientific projects in technical and engineering disciplines, medicine, biotechnology, business sciences, humanities and social sciences.