Big science communication story in Russia born from a small networking coincidence

Alexandra Borissova and Dmitry Malkov share their experience of the Erice International School of Science Journalism organized annually by Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture in Erice, Sicily, Italy and discuss the development of science communication in Russia boosted by their participation in the School back in 2014. Alexandra Borissova is a German Chancellor Fellow and visiting researcher in Science Communication at the University of Rhine-Waal, Germany. Dmitry Malkov is the Director of the Science Communication Centre at ITMO University in Russia.

Exploring Kanonerskiy Island

If you’re a fan of sheds, empty buildings, and bricks, Kanonerskiy Island is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.

Higher Education in Belgium: My Personal Experience

I’m an exchange student studying in Brussels and here’s my attempt to give an overview of what is Belgium higher education system is on the example of Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels. This post is written with the help of my classmate, David De Vocht — thanks a lot for your help!

My Experience Studying Soft Skills at ITMO

This year, the first year Master's students at ITMO University were offered to choose one subject from the soft skills block of disciplines. Soft skills is an obligatory part of the educational program, which are aimed at improving skills that are not directly related to your major but essential for an successful career. Six disciplines were offered in both Russian and English:

Why Sugar Won’t Actually Help You Pass Your Exams

You can have a bottle of water and a bar of chocolate on a desk during the exam, they say, it helps the brain. Does it? I did some research and can assure you, chocolate — which is sugar — barely helps our brain.

A Day in the Life of an ITMO Student

When I was in high school, my guilty pleasure was watching YouTube videos about the everyday life of different people. When I watched them, I dreamt about being like those people, living a life like they did. And now it’s my turn to tell some guys and girls that someday some of them will really live like that.

Living and Studying in Brussels: The Heart of Europe

I’m an exchange student, currently living in Brussels, Belgium. This city is full of contrasts and is proudly called "The Heart of Europe". It is a curious place to live in, I still haven’t figured out what is Brussels and I’m on my way discovering what is Belgium.

The Time I Saw the Queen… Twice

No, but really. I did. But that’s not the coolest part, although it is very awesome. But we’ll come back to that a bit later.

A Month in Pilsen is Like a Year of Travel

I am an exchange student who currently lives in Pilsen, a town you probably haven’t heard of before. It is okay because before I came here I had no idea about this place. Pilsen is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic. If tourists come here, they do it for the sake of beer and beer factories.

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