I'm glad to greet you in Moscow, in one of the world's biggest intellectual forum - the 39th International Chemical Olympiad. As far as I'm concerned, the future development of civilization is possible only under conditions of flourishing of science.
I appreciate your interest in natural science, because nowadays world science demands talented and energetic youth. A fascinating world is opened before you, and you are about to learn and improve it. You are to follow the greatest minds of mankind who glorified Russia - M. V. Lomonosov, D. I. Mendeleyev, A. M. Butlerov and others.
I wish you success in the contests and I hope that your future will be closely connected with the field of science.
The Nobel Prize laureate in physics,
Full Member of Russian Academy of Science