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ITMO Open Science: Science and Cutting-Edge Inventions Presented at One of Russia’s Largest Contemporary Art Museums
On the eve of Russian Science Day, February 7, the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art hosted the second ITMO Open Science conference. The event became a platform on which scientists and students could speak about their research, ask questions, and discuss common problems and goals in a non-conventional atmosphere. More on the new science conference format and how it helps bring together different research teams in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
Infochemistry is a new experimental field of science that studies the storage and processing of information at the molecular level. What does it mean? Who exactly studies it? And what does it have to do with IT? That was what we asked the specialists now at work at ITMO’s Infochemistry Center. Read on to learn more about this new field, the full potential of which is yet to be discovered, in our illustrated series.
The recent decision of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation to offer ITMO University free use of the vacant spaces at the Institute of Silicate Chemistry on Makarova Embankment has caused a lot of discussions. ITMO.NEWS spoke to Vladimir Vasilyev, ITMO’s Rector, to get to the bottom of the matter.
An international team of researchers from ITMO University, the Australian National University, and Korea University have experimentally trapped an electromagnetic wave in a gallium arsenide nanoresonator a few hundred nanometers in size for a record-breaking time. Earlier attempts to trap light for such a long time have only been successful with much larger resonators. In addition, the researchers have provided experimental proof that this resonator may be used as a basis for an efficient light frequency nanoconverter. The results of this research have raised great interest among the scientific community and were published in Science, one of the world’s leading academic journals. Scientists have suggested drastically new opportunities for subwavelength optics and nanophotonics – including the development of compact sensors, night vision devices, and optical data transmission technologies.
An international workshop on the development of complex materials and self-regulating chemical systems took place in Liverpool this October. It was organized by ITMO University and the University of Liverpool with support from the British Council. The main feature of the event was its interdisciplinary approach, as it brought together not only specialists in the field of chemistry, new materials development and energetics, but also physicists and IT, management systems, and robotics specialists. Over the course of three days, 30 Russian and British researchers shared the results of their projects and discussed prospects for collaboration.
The Russian Academy of Sciences has recently announced the recipients of its annual award recognizing outstanding young scientists and students of Russian higher education institutions. Among this year’s winners are four research associates from ITMO University: a group of scientists comprised of Valentin Milichko, Dmitry Zuev and Sergey Makarov, who took first prize in the field of general physics and astronomy, and ITMO University Master’s student and engineer Artem Ashirov, who won the prize for a project of applicational significance.
Avengers: Endgame is smashing box office records and currently sits behind Avatar as the second highest grossing film worldwide. However, the flick didn’t just raise a lot of money, but also sparkled extensive discussions, especially regarding its time travel aspect. In this article, ITMO.NEWS examines some of the most renowned cinematic presentations of time travel and scientific theories behind them.
8th Congress of Young Scientists: Genetic Algorithms, Robotic Intelligence and Struggle Against Infections
16 years ago, ITMO hosted the first inter-university conference for young scientists. At that time, it brought together about a hundred participants, and its program featured six sections only. With time, the conference attained national recognition and the status of a congress. Last Monday it was the opening of the 8th Congress of Young Scientists, featuring 49 sections, 11 sessions of science schools and 7 school sections, as well as a report contest whose winners will get the opportunity to join ITMO’s Master’s programs without entrance examinations. This time, the event brought together over 2,500 young scientists and students from 200 educational establishments from 45 Russian cities and 10 cities of the neighboring states, as well as 200 school students and representatives of 20 enterprises.
Last week, the St. Petersburg’s Atomic Energy Information Center hosted the 7th discussion about the latest trends in science and technology. The event brought together leading science communicators in the field of cosmonautics, chemistry and physics, including Mikhail Kurushkin, an associate professor at ITMO University ChemBio Cluster, Dmitriy Epstein, a researcher at the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mathematics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Pavel Piskarev, the chief designer at the Research Institute of Electrophysical Facilities and a coordinator at ITER. ITMO.NEWS publishes the highlights of the discussion.
2019 was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as the International Year of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. The discovery of the periodic table in 1869 was a major breakthrough in the field of chemistry. Its publication laid the foundation for rapid development of this complex yet extremely interesting science, while the history of its invention is full of myths and legends. According to one of them, the scientist saw the table in a dream. In his open lecture at the Mendeleev Center, Eugeniy Kalinin, a lecturer at St. Petersburg State University, shared about the path the humanity made to discover the periodic table of chemical elements. ITMO.NEWS publishes the highlights of the lecture.