The 16th International Likhachov Scientific Readings will be held in St Petersburg on May 19-20. Since the presidential executive order On Commemorating Dmitry Likhachov was issued in 2001, which in fact started the tradition of holding this intellectual forum in St Petersburg, it has become one of the world's largest scientific discussion platforms, which not only reflects the global efforts of our country to promote dialogue between cultures and civilisations, but is always responsive to the fundamental problems of the current international political and public life.
The forum will be attended by leading Russian and foreign experts, scholars, pundits, representatives of NGOs, media and civil society in the broadest sense. The activities of these organisations, whose representatives will participate in the International Likhachov Scientific Readings, is inextricably linked with the inter-civilisational issues. This year, the main theme of the forum will revolve around the issues of modern global challenges and their links with national interests.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry provides ongoing support to the organisers of the readings. Each year, the participants receive a welcome message from the Russian Foreign Minister. The forum will be attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, who will speak during a plenary session and moderate a panel discussion on interstate cooperation in fighting international terrorism.