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  • ITMO University's Work Schedule for May 12-31, 2020

    In accordance with the extension of measures to ensure the epidemiological well-being of the population in Russia in connection with the novel coronavirus outbreak and based on the order of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and the order of the St. Petersburg Government, ITMO University will continue working in a mostly-remote format from May 12 till May 31. ITMO University Rector Vladimir Vasilyev signed the corresponding order on May 10. 


  • How to Support Local Businesses in St. Petersburg

    Social distancing is the right thing to do right now, but along with shutting down the virus, there’s a great risk we’ll shut down small businesses as well. The good news is that many of our favorite businesses in St. Petersburg have expanded their delivery options – you can get anything from food to gifts – and have come up with other ways to raise support, like offering future gift certificates. You brighten up your day, they get a lifeline. Let’s get through this together!


  • Love Shared Apartments Like a Russian

    Being confined to your apartment these days seems like a hard task, but what if you had to share it with a bunch of strangers? Five toilet seats hanging on the wall, five stoves in the kitchen, a kid riding down the hallway and ducking under someone’s drying clothes that look like giant sails. Someone’s soup is bubbling away, and someone’s tending to their orchids. Welcome to the communal apartment - a time capsule and small city behind a single front door.


  • ITMO University's Work Schedule for May 1-11, 2020

    In accordance with the extension of measures to ensure the epidemiological well-being of the Russian population in connection with the spread of the novel coronavirus, ITMO University will continue the educational process and the remote work mode until May 11, inclusively. The corresponding order was signed on April 30 by ITMO University Rector Vladimir Vasilyev. The document also establishes the work schedule of university employees for May 1-11, 2020.


  • “I Did It Because I Could”: ITMO Alumnus Donates 800 Respirators to St. Petersburg Hospital, Buys Laptops for School Students

    In early April, the coronavirus epidemic caused schools in St. Petersburg to adopt a distance learning format. It became clear then that some 17,000 school students had no access to devices that would let them continue studying from home. Maksim Gavrilov, an ITMO University graduate, responded to the call to help students from low-income families by purchasing 54 computers. Before that, he donated over 800 respirators to the St. Petersburg Hospital №2. His own explanation is simply that he could help. We got in touch with Maksim for a chat about solidarity in times of the pandemic, his times at ITMO, his business, and how to maintain a proper workday in self-isolation.


  • For the People, By the People: Art in Self-Isolation

    Masterpieces out of toilet paper? Ballet in the kitchen? Art is alive and exploring all sorts of new forms, away from traditional venues and straight into our homes. And it has probably never been more authentic and personal.


  • ITMO University Scientists Create App to Calculate COVID-19 Infection Risks Based on Human Behavior

    During the current coronavirus pandemic, even leaving one’s home is always a risk. Each time, people are faced with a dilemma: going to the store or ordering delivery? Taking the subway or walking to work? ITMO University researchers have developed an application that demonstrates how tightening or loosening self-isolation and quarantine measures would have an effect on the infection rates in various countries. This project is a part of a larger initiative on the modeling of social processes in the conditions of a pandemic.


  • Window to the World: ITMO Programmers’ New App Helps Combat Self-Isolation Loneliness

    If you’ve already become familiar with every corner of your home, sorted all your books in alphabetical order, and learned to play the clarinet, but are still struggling with self-isolation-inflicted loneliness and anxiety, a new app by ITMO University researchers is just what you need. HowWeSurvive allows you to explore an interactive world map and learn how people are dealing with quarantine in other countries, in other cities, or on your block. ITMO.NEWS got in touch with the app’s developers to learn more.


  • ITMO University’s Work and Study Schedule from April 4 to April 30

    In accordance with the order of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia, Russian higher education institutions will continue the educational process through distance learning. Education at ITMO University will resume on Monday, April 6, and will take place completely online using distance learning technologies. From April 4 till April 30, the University will move the maximum number of staff to remote work and will also offer financial aid to students whose families experience temporary financial hardships because of the current situation. ITMO University Rector Vladimir Vasilyev signed the corresponding order on April 3, 2020. 


  • Don’t Panic: How to Keep It Together During a Pandemic

    The whole world is in a collective struggle against the coronavirus. Scientists are developing vaccines, employers are letting their staff work from home, and medical specialists are fighting for the lives of their patients. But there is another invisible battle going on, one where mental health is at stake. The experts of the popsci talk show Break It Down to Atoms (Razberem na Atomy) – Olga Vershinina, staff member of the Komarov Botanical Institute, Yulia Vymyatnina, head of the Department of Economics at European University at St. Petersburg, and Tatiana Kazantseva, senior lecturer at the St. Petersburg State University’s Department of Social Psychology – recently discussed what makes humanity so prone to panicking, why that’s dangerous, and how to stay sane in this era of uncertainty. This online discussion was organized by the Informational Center for Atomic Energy in St. Petersburg. Find the highlights below.