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  • The Work of a Lighting Designer: Creating Magic on Concerts and Fashion Shows

    Marina Lavrikova, a lighting designer with 20 years of professional experience under her belt, has recently given an open lecture in St. Petersburg. She talked about the specifics of her work, the process of getting ready for an event and the most popular equipment in the field. The lecture was held at Yasnaya Polyana coworking space. 


  • Smart Cities, Robot Bureaucrats: Japanese Digitalization Expert on Building the Right Kind of Society 5.0

    In recent years, Japan has been moving in the direction of creating a new strategy of socio-economic relations and cultural development of the country. Dubbed Society 5.0, the strategy puts an emphasis on the proliferation of high technology in all spheres of life. At the end of January, St. Petersburg welcomed a leading Japanese expert in the field of digitalization – Toshiyuki Zamma, Executive Advisor to Government CIO (Government of Japan Chief Information Officer). In his lecture, which took place at ITMO University, the expert spoke about the successes Japan managed to achieve in integrating high technology in different spheres of society, and also tried to warn about the problems and pitfalls awaiting the society and government on this uneasy path. 


  • Open Lecture by World-Famous Scientist John Ioannidis at ITMO University

    On October 25, ITMO University will welcome Stanford University professor John Ioannidis, who will deliver the lecture “Medical evidence: flawed, but possible to fix!”, organized at the initiative of evidence-based medicine blog Medfront. John Ioannidis, one of the world’s most famous and cited researchers in the field of medical science, will share his thoughts about why most biomedical research findings are inaccurate and what can be done to rectify this situation.


  • This Is (Not) Art: Insights into the Origins of Art, Its Connection to Science and the Makings of a Masterpiece

    Nina Gavrish, a prominent art historian, has recently gave an open lecture in St. Petersburg. An educational programs coordinator and researcher at the Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, in This Is (Not) Art Nina Gavrish moots the open-for-debate questions on the definition of art and what can be considered as civilizational legacy and world-class chefs-d’œuvre. The lecture was followed by a discussion on contemporary art and its new genres, including Science Art. ITMO.NEWS put down the keynotes.


  • How Sciences Falter: Historian on Dermatoglyphics and Phrenology

    There are many companies in Russia that offer to test one’s innate abilities based on their fingerprints. In fact, such tests are long deemed pseudoscientific, and those who do them can be compared with palm-readers and astrologists. Ivan Shirobokov, a doctoral candidate in History and staff member of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), has recently delivered a lecture where he explained the popularity of pseudoscientific forecasts. ITMO.NEWS put down the bullet points.


  • Plastic Cards from Magnetic Stripes to Apple Pay: How Payment Industry Changed Over 70 Years

    Do you know how your bank card operates? How is security of transactions ensured? And why a wrong amount of money can be deducted from your card when paying for goods abroad? These questions were answered by Dmitry Kochelaev, an ITMO graduate and the head of development at Solanteq, a company specializing in innovative payment solutions, in his open lecture for the Open Fintech series at ITMO University. Here are the keynotes.


  • Green Building: Putting Sustainable Development Into Practice

    Guy Eames is chairman of the Russian Green Building Council (RUGBC), director of Planet 2030, and a master of climate change and sustainable development. For the past ten of his 30 years of working in Russia, he’s been striving to spread the green building cause, and his efforts have yielded results. In an open lecture at ITMO University’s Institute of Design & Urban Studies, the expert talked about how the international green building standards LEED and BREEAM are being implemented in Russia, what local objects tick the green building box, and how the eco-construction field has changed in the past ten years.


  • University of South Carolina Professor on Development of Anticancer Drugs

    Last week, ITMO University’s international research center SCAMT hosted a lecture by the leading scientist in the field of anticancer drugs, Professor at the Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences of the University of South Carolina (the US), Igor Roninson. Dr. Roninson spoke about the main pillars of creating new drugs and answered the topical question of why they take such a long time in developing. ITMO.NEWS put down the key points of the presentation.


  • How to Make Cities More Livable: Norwegian Expert Knows the Answer

    There are many industrial cities in Russia, such as Norilsk, Monchegorsk, Magnitogorsk, and so on. Nowadays, more and more people leave them for bigger cities with better life prospects. Some 20 years ago, Norway faced the same problem, but they managed to solve it by means of smart urban planning and innovations. Gunnar Olav Furu has been involved in city planning for more than 30 years and now works as a municipal advisor in his home city Sunndal. Last week, Mr. Furu met with ITMO University students to talk about innovations and discuss how to make St. Petersburg more comfortable to live in.


  • Neurotheater as an Instrument of Cognitive Science

    Brain activity is usually measured for such practical applications as creating protheses that can be controlled with the power of one’s mind, or other devices for people with disabilities. Still, it has also become an artistic instrument in theatrical art: artists use information on brain activity to show how neurotechnology and substitution of human organs by technological devices can affect communication and even our very existence. Professor Aleksander Väljamäe recently gave an open lecture on the issue. ITMO.NEWS gives us a summary.


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