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Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest lake and the largest natural freshwater reservoir. In 1996, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, like many other large bodies of water, is suffering from pollution. Today, a Greenpeace research team is preparing to carry out an evaluation of the lake’s water pollution levels. Continue reading to learn how the environmental organization has kept watch on Baikal for the past 24 years, which factors threaten the lake today, and what scientists know about this unique natural wonder.
On May 27-28, the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris hosted a special meeting that brought together educational experts from more than 50 countries of the world. Experts discussed and provided suggestions for the Open Educational Resources (OER) project, which aims to make educational resources open and accessible to all, as well as to encourage international collaboration in the propagation of knowledge. Representing Russia at the meeting was Yulia Romanenko, a staff member of ITMO University, who spoke with ITMO.NEWS about the expert group’s work and the significance of the project to the development of global education partnerships.
Evolutionary Biologist David Seaborg: Science Enriches Our Lives with Fantastic Ideas and Discoveries
When talking about science, David Seaborg says that the music, art, and theater are important in exciting people and catching their interest about science and scientific issues, such climate change and the extinction crisis. A renowned evolutionary biologist and the son of Nobel Laureate Glenn T. Seaborg, David has founded and currently leads the World Rainforest Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the rainforest and preserving biodiversity worldwide. This year, David Seaborg will speak at the 4th International Conference on the Periodic Table that will take place at ITMO University. We talked to the scientist about the usefulness Periodic Table, the promising potential of alternative energy sources, and why establishing a dialog between politicians and society is so important.
1869 is considered to be the year of discovery of the Periodic System by the Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of this important milestone, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT 2019). The opening ceremony was hosted in UNESCO headquarters in Paris on January 29. It kick-started the year abounding with large-scale scientific events such as the key 4th International Conference on the Periodic Table, which is to be held at ITMO University in July 2019.
The results of the 2018 ‘For Women in Science’ contest have just been announced. Launched in 2007, the prestigious fellowship program is organized by Russian Academy of Sciences and Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO in Moscow. This year, ten researchers from Russian scientific and educational centers were distinguished for their contribution to science. The awardee list includes ITMO University Biochemistry Cluster professor Ekaterina Skorb.
Awards, medals, rankings, competitions, and lots of new beginnings at ITMO University in 2016. What a fantastic year! Turning challenges into opportunities? Bring it on! Here are some of the highlights. This year, ITMO University became one of the leaders of Project 5−100, launched its very own science communication program, received a UNESCO medal, a QS-Apple award, and the title of "Rising Star" by Nature Index and much much more. Let’s see how it all played out season by season.
ITMO University received the UNESCO Medal «For the Development of Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies». Rector Vladimir Vasilyev accepted the award from UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova during an official ceremony in Paris — as the official statement said, for «the university's unique environment: science — education — innovations».