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  • Campus Festival: How to Learn About Science at a Bar

    How to discover a platinum field, why scientists can’t replicate more than half of their experiments and what is hidden behind the petroglyphs of North Europe and the treasures of the Hermitage? Last Friday, seven bars of St. Petersburg turned into an educational space for just one night. All in all, 12 lectures were given throughout the city. Vladimir Borisov, postgraduate student at ITMO University’s Department of Photonics and Optical Information Technologies, explained the construction of a laser and the concepts of holographic memory and supercontinuum, while Varvara Lymar, research fellow at ITMO University’s Institute of Design and Urban Studies, gave her thoughts on what could be done with St. Petersburg’s industrial areas. ITMO.NEWS paid a visit to the young scientists’ lectures and found out what a scientific gathering at a bar looks like and why this format is becoming ever more popular.


  • i-Customs: Wieslaw Czyzowicz On Shifts in Customs Legislation Paradigms

    Last week, the annual International Youth Conference i-Customs came to a close. This year, the International Customs Students Association (ICSA) gathered students from 15 countries at ITMO University to discuss relevant issues of international commerce. Among the event's experts was Wieslaw Czyzowicz, Poland's former Minister of Finance and professor at the Warsaw School of Economics. During an open lecture, he shared about how the paradigms of customs-related businesses changed, about the advantages that legal cooperation between companies has to offer, and the main requirement of modern customs legislation - the security of the international movement of goods.


  • Trolling Evolutionists with Flatfish or: Five Facts that Prove Natural Selection

    You might find this hard to believe, but there are still many people in the world who see biological evolution as a contrived and unproven theory. Most commonly they ask: why are there still monkeys around and why haven’t they become humans? Many of us have probably asked the same question at school. But, unfortunately, most schools don’t educate children on the evidence of evolution and their understanding of the origin of modern humans is based on outdated ideas that have been disproven by molecular biologists. For instance, genetic analysis of Neanderthal DNA has shown that these species were not our ancestors. Mikhail Gelfand, Doctor of Biological Sciences, member of Academia Europea and Ministry of  Education and Science’s Public Council, spoke at an open lecture at ITMO University and explained how to properly discuss evolution, what evidence of it exists and who are, after all, our ancestors.


  • Third Session of Hermitage’s Art&Science Project: How Air Harms Paintings and Why Would One Make a Mold of Grass?

    Why paintings dull and cover with cracks? Can scientists help artists in creating art? These are only few of the questions brought up by the lecturers of the "Art&Science: Art, Science, Museum" project conducted at the State Hermitage Museum. For those who missed the chance to visit the event, we publish the main ideas brought up by the lecturers.