The forum took place at the reconstructed Academy of Science “Gylym Ordasy” (Temple of Knowledge). The head of state observed the Rare Book Exhibition. The President also visited the Exhibition of Books titled “20th Anniversary of Kazakhstan’s Independence is a New Strategy of Science” where the best works of scientific schools of Kazakhstan that are well recognized abroad had been displayed.
At the exhibition titled “The Scientific Achievements of the Republic of Kazakhstan” the President was presented absolute innovations, scientific developments that had been already applied in production, as well as innovation projects developed by holders of the Bolashak Program Fellowship.
At the Forum opening ceremony President Nursultan Nazarbayev awarded the title “Gasyr Gulamasy” (Scholar of the Century) by the National Academy of Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
At the welcoming speech at the Forum, the President emphasized that with adoption of a new Law on Science the institutional basis for scientific breakthrough had been established. It is very symbolic that the Forum is taking place on the eve of the 20th Anniversary of Kazakhstan’s Independence. Kazakhstan is going to make a crucial breakthrough span of twenty years to the world of high technologies and innovations.