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Today, on October 25, the 19th national forum Strategic Planning of the Regions and Cities of Russia began with a plenary session titled Strategic Talk: Rectors on the Future. ITMO University’s Rector Vladimir Vasilyev shared the strategies universities must focus on and what ITMO does to achieve sustainable development goals.
It’s Okay to Worry: Experts on How the Pandemic Changed Psychology and Brought Back Old-Time Problems
The pandemic has become a major test for people’s mental health. To describe the phenomenon, Australian psychologist Steven Taylor introduced the term “COVID stress syndrome”. People’s fear is triggered not only by the infection alone but also by the possible social and economic consequences of the pandemic. On top of that, the constant bombardment of news heightens global anxiety. Only during the second wave, the demand for psychology services doubled: more and more people started to take advantage of online counseling. But what bothers most people today? Are online consultations just as efficient as meeting face-to-face? And how did the pandemic affect psychology? Read on to learn what Elena Sharapanovskaya, head of ITMO’s Medical, Psychological and Social Assistance Center, and Alia Grekova, the center’s leading psychologist, think about the situation happening in the world.
trillion dollars due to the pandemic. At the beginning of this global challenge, it was suggested that venture capital investments would plummet, but 2020 actually witnessed a record-breaking rise in investments into life sciences – the yearly volume amounted to $20 billion. The pandemic was definitely a stress test for health care and the global pharma industry. Progressive digitalization of medical services was an ongoing process for many years, but it was in the first month of the pandemic that the share of online medical consultations went from 10% to 40% of the total amount. For the first time in history, researchers dared to create a vaccine against a new virus in under a year with over 200 projects launched, including some international collaborations. All of this led to new trends and changes in life science that Anton Gopka, a general partner of the ATEM Capital biotechnology investment foundation and dean of ITMO’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations, discussed in a recent open lecture on New Holland Island.
ITMO.NEWS together with Oksana Stanevich, an infectionist at the Pavlov First St. Petersburg State Medical University and a chief expert of the project of the Ne Naprasno Medical Solutions Foundation (a partner of ITMO University), prepared an essential guide and answered the most frequently asked questions about the coronavirus, pandemic, and vaccination.
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With the huge changes that were brought on by the pandemic, many people around the world found themselves stuck at home. This was the case for the Russians, too. Video games came to the rescue. So how exactly did COVID-19 influence the Russian gaming market?
The 14th session of ITMO University’s International Council took place on June 21 via a Zoom call that brought together council members from Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America. It focused on new approaches to defining top-level education, research, and an inspiring environment that would ensure ITMO’s leadership position in the future.
Today, on June 4, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021 (SPIEF-2021) featured a discussion on innovative educational technologies in the service of business. During the session, ITMO’s First Vice Rector Daria Kozlova spoke about how the pandemic has accelerated the university’s digital transformation and highlighted the benefits of cooperation between different educational platforms.
In March and April, the AIR gallery, ITMO University’s art residence, hosted the exhibition Staying With the Trouble that was dedicated to viruses and their various roles in human lives. Apart from artworks by Russian and international contemporary artists, it also involved creative meetups, lectures, and art mediations. The program concluded with a round-table discussion with quite a peculiar title Let’s Rot Together!. ITMO.NEWS attended the event and learned how philosophers describe the interaction of Earth’s various lifeforms and why decomposition is not always about destruction.
Scientists at ITMO University have created a system of algorithms that uses data gathered from COVID-19 patients to suggest optimal treatment for every patient. The technology was originally developed for the treatment of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, but, given the current events, the system was taught to help COVID-19 patients. The algorithms are based on Russian and international clinical protocols.