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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.
Daniil Sharov received his Bachelor’s degree as a teacher of physics, but decided to continue his studies after graduation and got into ITMO’s Master’s program in science communication. These days, he is working at ITMO University’s Museum of Optics, teaching at ITMO.KIDS while also developing a system for evaluating the efficiency of exhibitions at science museums. Read on to learn how Daniil manages to combine his research with doing PR in science, while also succeeding at both teaching and doing his own studies.
Anna Biryukova graduated from ITMO’s Science Communication Master’s program in 2018. She now works at the Polytechnic Museum in Moscow and is one of the co-founders of slovo.media, a digital agency, where she curates media projects, develops communication strategies and does research for Wikipedia. Read on to find out more about Anna’s path to science communication, the challenges she encounters in her work, and the reasons why you should learn to use Wikipedia.
Which education and research initiatives should be promoted in medicine, life sciences and health sciences? Which specialists do these fields need? And why are the competencies of sociologists and science communicators crucial for conducting high-quality research? These and other questions were in the center of the discussion at a business breakfast that was recently held at ITMO University. The meeting brought together representatives of ITMO, the European University at St. Petersburg, Higher School of Economics, as well as the Northwestern Federal District Association of Oncologists and Cancer Prevention Foundation.
Having received her Bachelor’s degree in the field of quality management, ITMO University graduate Elizaveta Babitskaya decided to dramatically change her career and enrolled in ITMO University’s Master’s program in science communication. Elizaveta is now working as a medical journalist at the SeverGroup Medicine company, as well as collaborating with the Meduza magazine. Apart from that, she is the co-author of Profilaktika.Media project dedicated to cancer prevention. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, Elizaveta shares about what working as a medical journalist is like today and how to become an informed patient in Russia.
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.
Last week, AKSON Young Professionals, a project aimed at creating a platform for experience exchange in the field of science communication, organized its first meetup. The project was launched by ITMO University graduates and members of the Association for Communication in Education and Science (AKSON): Elizaveta Dubovik, Ksenia Malchenko, and Sergey Belov. Read on to learn more about the project’s mission, challenges, and plans for the future.
ITMO University’s Center for Science Communication and the Sirius Educational Center are intensifying their collaboration in the field of science communication: during workshops organized at the Center by ITMO graduates, school students learned about science communication and Art&Science and took part in discussions on technological modification of the human genome. Throughout the next year, more ITMO University students are expected to travel to Sochi to take part in similar initiatives.
On August 17, the Medical Lab nationwide event will be held in Russia with the involvement of the nation’s top scientists and medical professionals. In St. Petersburg, the event is going to take place at ITMO University and will be curated by Ilya Fomintsev, an oncologist and the head of the Ne Naprasno cancer prevention foundation. During the event, the expert will speak about the history of cancer and the myths that surround this disease.
The internet abounds with headlines promising that you’ll get your beach bod in ten days if you squeeze in a certain type of exercise in your daily routine. Hundreds of websites superficially dedicated to health and beauty bombard us with articles on slimming down the right way. But all too often, this information is not supported by scientific research. ITMO.NEWS spoke with the head of #sektaspb Yulia Bardakova on how to develop a critical approach to popular guides on losing weight and caring for your body and why #Sekta, the organization her branch belongs to, has its own research department.