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This Thursday, ITMO University hosted a meeting of university officials from the UK and St. Petersburg, a follow-up to the First Forum of Rectors of Russian and British Universities that was held in Moscow. The key event of the day was a round table discussion on universities of the future. The participants talked about the best educational practices and ways to attract talent while discussing possible collaboration in the field of student academic mobility.
ITMO University professor Vladimir Dubrovskii has recently been awarded one of the French Republic’s highest honors in the field of science and education. A correspondent for ITMO.NEWS met Prof. Dubrovskii at the international conference Advanced Materials Week, which is taking place at ITMO University on September 17-21, to speak with the honoree about his award, international collaboration, and the goals of modern photonics.
Seventeen young scientists from ITMO University have become winners of the presidential scholarship contest. This academic year, they can go abroad to study and work alongside their international colleagues solving scientific tasks in their fields of focus. We spoke to some of the winners to find out what research they work on, which universities they chose for their exchange, and whether the victory came as a surprise.
Terahertz radiation is a type of electromagnetic radiation located within the frequency spectrum between infrared and radio. It passes well through a variety of materials and is harmless to humans, which opens up a wide range of its possible applications. Researchers at ITMO University are actively working on this subject in collaboration with their French colleagues. Together, the scientists are developing a pulsed terahertz spectrometer for application in the analysis and restoration of artworks. Read more about the project and how terahertz technology lets scientists explore art in the article below.
This June, SCAMT Laboratory staff member Elizaveta Anastasova and Faculty of Physics and Engineering specialists Ivan Iorsh and Mikhail Mukhin took part in the NanoInnovation 2019 scientific conference in Rome, Italy. Their visit was made possible thanks to ITMO University’s collaboration with the Trade Promotion Office of the Italian Embassy (ICE). In the future, the two parties plan to develop more joint projects. More on the conference and future prospects – in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
Technology and Policy Student Julia Milton: Science is a Very Good Instrument for Stabilizing the State of International Politics
Julia Milton is a student of MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics where she works in a lab that develops wearable devices for astronauts as well as exoskeletons, and space suits. Julia was a participant of this year’s Stanford US-Russia Forum: together with Daria Denisova, the deputy head of ITMO’s Science Communication and Outreach Office, the team developed a report and an art project dedicated to the US-Russian space cooperation. Inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope, the massive art piece will consist of numerous hexagonal shapes depicting the milestone events of the two countries’ shared history of space exploration. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, she spoke about their project, the popularization of space in Russia and the USA, and the importance of social initiative.
This April, students from Russia and Finland joined each other at the first-ever session of the InnoCamp project. Tasked with developing business strategies for real companies, the students had to turn a Helsinki airfield into a hub for small aircraft, a disused railcar factory into a creative space, a former Kotka port into a business hub, and more. On May 12-17, the participants met in Kotka (Finland) to finish what they started during the remote stage of the project. ITMO.NEWS learned about the projects and the kind of experience that InnoCamp offers students.
ITMO continues to develop and expand its international partnerships and collaborations. This week, the University welcomed Abdo Michel Malac, the Counselor for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in Russia. Mr. Malac met the staff of the Faculty of Physics and Engineering and spoke of the Embassy’s willingness to offer support in conducting joint Russian-French events. He also attended the opening of a new Russian-French laboratory at ITMO University.
The 14th Conference & Exhibition of the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) has come to a close in Malaysia. Per tradition, ITMO University was represented at the 5-100 Russian Academic Excellence Project’s exhibition area. Each of the project’s participating universities has its own booth where they can present their programs and informational materials.
Stefano Stramigioli first got into robotics after watching Star Wars as a kid. Today, he is the chairman of the Robotics and Mechatronics Group at the University of Twente (the Netherlands). Last year, his research team developed the world’s smallest breast cancer diagnostics robot. The group’s researchers collaborate with major companies like KUKA and Siemens, and develop drones and other robotic systems. Prof. Stramigioli, who is co-heading the ITMO Bio-mechatronics and Energy-Efficient Robotics Lab and recently came to ITMO University to give a series of lectures for students and young researchers, sat down with us to talk about medical robotics, working with ITMO, and finding inspiration.