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  • Natural Waste to Slow Down Climate Change: ITMO Fellow Randa Ghonim on Cleaning Oil Spills With Green Technologies

    Oil spills produce billions’ worth of damage every year, as well as irredeemably damage marine ecosystems. The existing methods used to clean up oil spills are expensive, ineffective, and sometimes produce harmful byproducts for the environment. Randa Ghonim, a researcher at the City of Scientific Research and Technological Applications (SRTA-City), Egypt, believes that biodegradable natural waste could be used effectively to clean up oil spills. She conducted part of the work on this project at ITMO University as an ITMO Fellow. How can we use rice straw to get rid of oil spills? Read on to find out.


  • Top Projects of ITMO’s First FoodTech Accelerator

    In 2022, ITMO launched its first accelerator for foodtech projects, where participants learned to manage teams, choose the most appropriate markets for their products, and attract investments. Read on to learn more about the projects that went through to the final and were presented in front of experts.


  • ITMO to Host Eco Art Festival and Upcycled Fashion Show

    The OTHERsiders festival, which will take place at ITMO’s Lomonosova campus on October 15, will feature examples of organic and recycled art created by Russian artists, as well as a fashion show that will present outfits made from recycled old clothes found at the university dorms. Some of the items will be decorated with living flowers. Here’s what to expect from the upcoming festival.


  • Over the Hills: ITMO Students Complete Two-Week Trek of the Russian Far East

    The summer is a great time to not only rest, but also acquire new knowledge and gain some unforgettable experiences. This was definitely the case for a group of students from ITMO’s Faculty of Ecotechnology who went on an expedition into the Bastak Nature Reserve. Using a variety of methods – GIS, drone survey, and more – they assessed the state of the reserve’s bodies of water, soil, and flora. Read on to learn about the diverse nature of the Russian Far East, the region’s low hills, the meadows, and the swamps – as well as the expedition team’s findings.


  • Foods for Longevity and Green Living: BioTech Today

    How do innovative foods extend the human lifespan and improve our quality of life? What kinds of projects in this field are ITMO scientists working on right now? These and other subjects were covered at the Ecology & Biotechnology session of the 51st International Scientific, Educational, and Methodological Conference at ITMO University. ITMO.NEWS spoke to the session’s participants to find out more about their projects and discover which subjects of Food- and BioTech will gain in relevance in the near future.


  • ITMO Student Vlada Petrova on Quantum Chemistry in Practice

    How can computers help prevent poisoning from organophosphorus compounds, such as agricultural pesticides? Vlada Petrova, a fourth-year student at ITMO’s Faculty of Energy and Ecotechnology, does research at the intersection of quantum chemistry and ecology. She recently had the chance to work on her project at the Sirius educational center. Read on to learn about the results she was able to produce and the problems solved by quantum chemistry. 


  • ITMO.EduStars Winner Irina Timofeeva on Making Ecology Interesting

    Irina Timofeeva decided to become an ecologist in her school days. Her childhood fascination with the subject led her to receive a Specialist’s degree from St. Petersburg State University and a Master’s at ITMO University. Today, she’s a PhD student at ITMO and teaches students of the university about sustainable development and conscious consumption. Irina is also the co-author of an upcoming book on animals driven to extinction by humans. Last year, she was named as one of the university’s top lecturers according to the ITMO.EduStars contest and received an award for achievements in education. We spoke to Ms. Timofeeva about making ecology exciting to students, the “sixth extinction,” and why we should be preserving what we have instead of bringing back extinct species.


  • Eco-Friendly Holidays: A Festive Checklist by ITMO.GREEN

    The winter holidays are a great time to do all the things you’ve been putting off, take a trip, spend time with loved ones, or simply chill out. But how do you do it while keeping your carbon footprint to the minimum? ITMO.NEWS and Ekaterina Kukhtenko, the head of the student club ITMO.GREEN, have prepared a checklist to help you plan your winter holidays and make them more eco-conscious.


  • Student Spotlight: Mina Hakim, Egypt

    Meet Mina Hakim, an international student from Egypt who is a jack of all trades. A first-year industrial ecology Master’s student, he’s also involved in lots of activities, from volleyball to volunteering. Our conversation turned into a pretty interesting discussion in no time. Read along to learn about his exciting project and much more.


  • Second Life: 5 Russian Upcycling Brands

    From indestructible bags to Frankenstein-like sweaters, Russian brands are finding ways to turn recycled materials into eco-friendly fashion statements. Here’s our top pick of local companies that contribute to sustainable development without losing their style.