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The coronavirus had an effect on everyone. A strict worldwide quarantine has affected the lifestyle of millions of people and changed the power balance in business. Companies that focus on digital and IT products are on the rise, their turnover has increased by 300-400%. However, offline business that failed to adapt to the new conditions is in disarray. Participants of a panel discussion “People for digital. Digital against the crisis” at the VII Digital Forum RBC discussed such issues as the digitalization of business, the longevity of this effect, and the kind of specialists that will be relevant after the pandemic.
St. Petersburg has recently hosted the international conference “Lighting Design”, which aims to serve as an open platform for dialog between science, business, and art communities and the government. ITMO University was one of the co-organizers of the event. ITMO.NEWS attended one of the conference’s venues to find out which tasks specialists in the field of urban lighting design are currently facing.
Last week, ITMO University hosted the third Forum of Science Communicators. Organized by the Association for Communication in Education and Science (AKSON) in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, the event brought together science journalists, science communicators, media relations officers, and researchers. How to attract young people to science and research? How to promote communication in business? How to engage in a dialog with the audience? These and other questions were discussed at the Forum. ITMO.NEWS publishes the highlights of the discussion.
How will we work with research articles in some ten years? Will they be digitized? And what will happen to such portals as Google Scholar or Cyberleninka? All these and other questions were discussed at the closing ceremony of the fourth conference Digital Transformation and Global Society, which was held at ITMO University. ITMO.NEWS publishes the highlights of the discussion.
Data Science for Culture, Toxicity, and New Perception of Time: Researchers of New Media Discuss Trends in Digital World
Last week, an open plenary discussion on data, digitized culture and digital society took place as part of the interdisciplinary conference EVA 2019 and the Information Society and Technology Week. Experts in the field of Digital Humanities discussed new research projects and challenges. The event’s special guest was Lev Manovich, a theoretician of new media and digital culture and a professor of Computer Science at City University of New York.
Last weekend, the international oncological forum White Nights took place in St. Petersburg. For the second year in a row, ITMO University’s Science Communication Center has taken part in the event, where, together with the N.N. Petrov National Medical Research Center of Oncology, it organized a session on the reasons why pseudoscientific methods are being used to treat oncological diseases (this year’s session was timed with the launch of a new biomedical specialization in ITMO’s Science Communication Master’s program). The problem was discussed by leading national and international experts in the field of communication, sociology and medicine.
Is there a future for the established Master’s programs created dozens of years ago? What is a university ecosystem and how is it formed? How to measure the institutional environment? And what are the potential areas of growth for regional universities? These questions were discussed as part of the third and last day of the “Master’s Degree ++” conference that has recently concluded in St. Petersburg. The conference was organized by ITMO University together with the Vladimir Potanin Foundation and brought together experts from leading Russian and international universities and winners of the 2018-2019 Potanin scholarship contest for educators.
Last week, ITMO University hosted the Sustainable Development by Youth International Educational Forum. Organized by students of ITMO’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations, the forum is aimed at introducing the youth to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. At the forum’s plenary session, its participants discussed the role of universities in the promotion of the SDGs, as well as the issue of solid waste recycling in St. Petersburg.
Relocation, Accelerated Training, and Comfortable Workplaces: Ways of Addressing the Lack of IT Specialists in the Labor Market
80,000 IT specialists graduate from Russian universities each year, but even this is far from enough to cover the market’s demand. How to make up for the lack of IT workers and stop them from emigrating? What are the prospects of IT labor market development? HR directors of IT companies, St. Petersburg local government officials and universities representatives have addressed these questions during a panel discussion at the ‘Gigabytes of Offices’ conference.