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The Indicator popular science website completed its annual ranking of the quality of university press services. It assessed the results of science popularization by the participants of Project 5-100 in 2019: the number of scientific press releases, the diversity of formats, social media presence and activity, as well as translation of materials to English and their distribution around the world. As with the previous two years, ITMO University made it to the top 5 of the ranking.
ITMO Research is the first major podcast of ITMO University that will cover scientific topics in various fields, from physics to business. As part of the podcast, the host will talk with ITMO University’s staff members and researchers. It’s not just lectures or audio guides, but rather an attempt to explain a specific topic for those who aren’t familiar with it, as well as to present another approach for those who are. Find out more about the new media project by ITMO University in our article.
Megabyte Media – a joint student media at ITMO University – has launched a new project, Q.E.D. (Latin for “which was to be proven” – ed. note), a podcast about evidence-based medicine created in collaboration with the Cancer Prevention Foundation. The podcast will focus on oncology, discussing issues and busting common myths. New episodes are to come out every two weeks, with the first one released on May 14.
At the end of January, Total Dictation hosted the 8th international conference in Moscow, titled “Dynamic processes in contemporary Russian language”. As part of the event, the organizers introduced the author of the text for the 2020 dictation, chose its capital and identified its main theme. Apart from that, volunteers, organizers and experts participated in the discussion on the topic “How popularization in humanities differs from popularization in natural sciences?”, which was moderated by Ilya Stakheev, deputy director of ITMO University’s Center for Science Communication.
The team of the Total Dictation initiative is launching a new contest for authors of popular-science works on Russian language and literature. Journalists and bloggers who explore topics close to those of Total Dictation, are invited to participate, as well as specialists in the field of science and science communication who are interested in the popularization of the Russian language. ITMO.NEWS spoke to Ilya Stakheev, deputy director of the Science Communication Center at ITMO University and one of the founders of Total Dictation, to find out about the contest’s rules and why participating in it may be interesting not only to journalists and philologists.
What’s the key to measuring the effectiveness of how science-pop exhibitions are conducted? How to ensure the maximum involvement of the general public in science? These and other questions are in the focus of Daria Dvorzhitskaya, a member of ITMO’s Science Communication Center, who conducts her research on the topic using the events held by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) as the main example. Having graduated from the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Daria has already accomplished several projects in Europe. ITMO.NEWS met with the researcher to learn about her future work at ITMO and how the experience she obtained at CERN can be applied in Russia.
"Patient Sapiens: a Guide to Herbs and Pills": Journalist Andrei Vodovozov on Medicine, Cannabis and Puppies
It has recently been reported that the Ministry of Health plans to permit importing hashish, cannabis oil and marijuana to the Russian Federation for the purposes of medical research. It might even be so that Russia will soon follow the global trend of revising its attitude towards these substances. Still, is this a right thing to do? How do these substances affect a human organism? And what is the history of applying herbs and other substances in medicine? Science journalist Andrei Vodovozov focused on these and other questions during his recent lecture "Patient Sapiens: a guide to herbs and pills".
Popularization Committee of the Russian Academy of Sciences: Fighting Pseudoscience with Science-Pop
Convening in autumn this year, a session of the executive committee of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) announced the creation of the Popularization Committee, a new and important player in Russia's science popularization field. Its functions include controlling the quality of articles being published, combating scientific shams, and organizing new science-pop events and formats; and these are just some of the seven areas the RAS identified for the new committee’ scope of work. Alexandra Borissova, a senior lecturer at ITMO University’s Science Communication and Outreach Office and president of the Association for Communication in Education and Science (AKSON), became a member of the RAS Committee. Read on to learn more.
Science Fest, a grandiose celebration of science, has yet again been hosted in St. Petersburg. Held on September 22-23, the event spread over ten unique spaces in the city: the usual Planetarium and Lumiere Hall were joined by the museums of optics, cosmonautics, and railway transport, the Lenpoligraphmash creative space, the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, and the landmark Annenkirche church. The extensive program reflected the festival’s key message: science is a valued contributor to all aspects of our life.
In 2010, Sir Andre Geim was awarded a Nobel Prize in physics for his groundbreaking work on graphene. It was his discoveries that led to the wonder material’s active proliferation in science and industry alike. Prof. Geim continues his revolutionary work on two-dimensional materials as part of his research group in the University of Manchester. The famed scientist presented his latest findings at the 2018 METANANO conference in Sochi and gave this exclusive interview to ITMO.NEWS and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology’s ‘For Science’ corporate journal, where he talked about why he doesn’t think that lifelong devotion to one scientific field is a good idea, what motivates young researchers to take the leap into fundamental science, and why scholars need to learn to communicate their findings to the wider audience.