This volume addresses, specifically, priority fields of science in which joint, multidisciplinary research should be developed, encompassing rational use of natural resources and regional sustainable development, as well as the monitoring of the biosphere's ecosystem state and the risks of natural and anthropogenic hazards, and the creation of new materials and technologies. The list of priorities includes Siberia's economic, social and humanitarian problems, as well as the development of information systems for the rapid exchange of scientific data. The contributors suggest that there is a recognized need for the involvement of young scientists in partnership laboratories, in a probationary capacity.
I: Current Problems and Prospects of International Collaboration. II: Experience of the International Research Centres' Activities and Some Results of Interaction between Scientists in Priority and Multidisciplinary Problems. II.1. Environmental Problems. II.2. Interdisciplinary Studies for Lake Baikal. II.3. Natural Sciences and Technological Applications. II.4. Socioeconomic and Humanitarian Studies. III: Information Support and Education. Statement.