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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.
Earlier this year, ITMO’s School of Biotechnology and Cryogenic Systems hosted Food BioTech, a major conference on the latest achievements in foodtech – an interdisciplinary field that brings together food production, IT, medicine, and research. Experts discussed the topical trends in the field, including functional foods, food quality and safety, sustainable development and green technologies, as well as the key to digitalizing footech and the changes in opinions on personal nutrition that were brought on by the pandemic.
On June 5, ITMO Highpark JSC, the St. Petersburg Foundation for SME Development, and the St. Petersburg Cleantech Cluster signed an agreement on the pilot implementation of intelligent vertical urban farms at ITMO Highpark. The signing occurred as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). The project will be based on the principles of industrial symbiosis with subsequent recycling of organic waste. This green approach to farming will not only ensure economic growth, but also improve the region’s quality of life and its environmental state.
Upon completion of the course, students presented their own ideas on how to expand the course program. Read on to learn more about the course, its main mission, and feedback from students.
Ulyana Gabysheva, a graduate of the Laser Micro- and Nanotechnologies Bachelor’s program, has joined forces with a major PET plastic bottle manufacturer to develop a laser engraving method that will make it possible to abandon the use of labels and increase the effectiveness of the plastic recycling process.
In April 2020, Greenpeace Russia announced a project on wildfire prevention. The organization invited volunteers to participate in mapping of affected areas with the help of satellite imagery. One of the goals of this project is to create a neural network able to predict future fires and measure their area via satellite images. More than 300 people participated, as during self-isolation it’s one of the few available ways to help eco-activists. Anastasia Elnikova, a member of the ITMO.GREEN club and Ksenia Belkina, its head, discussed the project and shared what kind of results they expect.
Global warming is one of the most discussed topics of our time. According to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) estimates, if we don’t take any action now the average temperature around the globe will rise by 3,7–4,8°С. Production of harmful substances used in the refrigeration industry contributes to the existing environmental problems. ITMO University has recently hosted Global Warming: The Main Challenge for Refrigeration Industry, a conference where experts in the field got to discuss the prospects of the industry, the ways to solve the issue of ozone layer depletion and transition to more eco-friendly technologies. ITMO.NEWS asked the participants about the main trends in the industry and the key projects currently in development.
Onis Charles Emem is an ITMO Master’s student in Industrial Ecology and Cleaner Production and the former president of the Get Local international student club. He’s currently on an exchange program in Denmark.
Spanish Environmental Biotechnologists on the Environmental Situation, Greta Thunberg and Two-Phase Air Filters
Two environmental biotechnologists from Valladolid University, Spain came to St. Petersburg to give a course at ITMO University. Right before their departure we got a chance to meet them to talk about ways to improve the environmental situation and how these are different in Russia and Spain, as well as discuss the academic exchange opportunities for Master’s students.
Egor Zadereev, a PhD in biological sciences and member of Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ research center, has recently visited St. Petersburg with a lecture “10 Rules of Eco-Friendly Behavior” as part of the Energy of Science project. In his presentation, Egor spoke about the myths existing around the eco-friendly movement and shared simple actions that have the power to help the planet. ITMO.NEWS reports with the keynotes from the event.