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The Russian Academy of Sciences has recently announced the recipients of its annual award recognizing outstanding young scientists and students of Russian higher education institutions. Among this year’s winners are four research associates from ITMO University: a group of scientists comprised of Valentin Milichko, Dmitry Zuev and Sergey Makarov, who took first prize in the field of general physics and astronomy, and ITMO University Master’s student and engineer Artem Ashirov, who won the prize for a project of applicational significance.
Avengers: Endgame is smashing box office records and currently sits behind Avatar as the second highest grossing film worldwide. However, the flick didn’t just raise a lot of money, but also sparkled extensive discussions, especially regarding its time travel aspect. In this article, ITMO.NEWS examines some of the most renowned cinematic presentations of time travel and scientific theories behind them.
8th Congress of Young Scientists: Genetic Algorithms, Robotic Intelligence and Struggle Against Infections
16 years ago, ITMO hosted the first inter-university conference for young scientists. At that time, it brought together about a hundred participants, and its program featured six sections only. With time, the conference attained national recognition and the status of a congress. Last Monday it was the opening of the 8th Congress of Young Scientists, featuring 49 sections, 11 sessions of science schools and 7 school sections, as well as a report contest whose winners will get the opportunity to join ITMO’s Master’s programs without entrance examinations. This time, the event brought together over 2,500 young scientists and students from 200 educational establishments from 45 Russian cities and 10 cities of the neighboring states, as well as 200 school students and representatives of 20 enterprises.
Last week, the St. Petersburg’s Atomic Energy Information Center hosted the 7th discussion about the latest trends in science and technology. The event brought together leading science communicators in the field of cosmonautics, chemistry and physics, including Mikhail Kurushkin, an associate professor at ITMO University ChemBio Cluster, Dmitriy Epstein, a researcher at the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mathematics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Pavel Piskarev, the chief designer at the Research Institute of Electrophysical Facilities and a coordinator at ITER. ITMO.NEWS publishes the highlights of the discussion.
2019 was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as the International Year of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. The discovery of the periodic table in 1869 was a major breakthrough in the field of chemistry. Its publication laid the foundation for rapid development of this complex yet extremely interesting science, while the history of its invention is full of myths and legends. According to one of them, the scientist saw the table in a dream. In his open lecture at the Mendeleev Center, Eugeniy Kalinin, a lecturer at St. Petersburg State University, shared about the path the humanity made to discover the periodic table of chemical elements. ITMO.NEWS publishes the highlights of the lecture.
The Innovative Economics Week at ITMO University came to a close with an open lecture and discussion featuring Michael Sohlman, the ex-Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation (1992-2011), a member of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economies, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Mr. Sohlman expressed his thoughts on what he considers the key traits for anyone aspiring to become a Nobel Laureate, and shared some curious facts about the Nobel Prize.
Some of us associate winter with snow, ice, frost, snowflakes and other nature’s charms, for others it’s a constant struggle with their zoning-off phone and fogged-up glasses. But what are the scientific reasons behind all of these factors, pleasant or not so much? ITMO.NEWS investigates.
On December 13, 2018, the Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree confirming the new line-up of the Russian Science Foundation’s Supervisory Council. Among the Council’s 15 members is Vladimir Vasilyev, the Rector of ITMO University.
Three ITMO University students were awarded the 2018 Student of the Year title after winning the competition hosted by St. Petersburg Committee for Science and Higher Education and the Rectors’ Council of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, the winners shared about their backgrounds and plans for the future.
Vitaly Aksenov, staff member of ITMO’s Information Technologies and Programming Faculty, graduated from school at the age of 15. At the age of 24, he got his PhD at a leading French university. During the past several years, Vitaly has been working in the field of concurrent computing, solving fundamental tasks that have to do with optimizing data structures. In future, he is planning to continue his research in Austria. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, the young scientist spoke about his research interests, experience, and ideas.