As part of the public program, Skoltech experts joined a discussion about how media projects can inspire scientific breakthroughs among young researchers, how science fiction can drive technology advancement, what young researchers in neurotechnology find the most inspiring, whether the Soviet science management model was successful or not, and much more.
On Tuesday, Alexander Safonov attended the session “Region of Beneficial Science: Regional Centers for the Commercialization of Scientists’ Research Results and Expertise,” which focused on the challenges that regional authorities and scientists are faced with when creating world-class campuses in Russia with their state-of-the-art equipment and comfortable working environment for students and young researchers. Alexander stressed that new campuses should be made visible to advanced teams of young researchers, and the sooner the better.
He added that for the laboratories to operate effectively, they should be designed with an eye to both the immediate needs of the industrial customer and the aspirations of young and successful researchers who can offer a clear vision of technology development for several years to come. Deputy minister of education and science of the Chelyabinsk Region Vitaly Litke praised Skoltech for its expertise and involvement in the design of the Chelyabinsk campus.
On Wednesday, the showcase session “Returning Scientific Cinema to the Big Screen: How to Make Popular Scientific Films” hosted the screening of “Phoenix” and “Superfly” — short documentaries made by young directors within the Science Film Laboratory 2.0 project and featuring researchers from Skoltech and MSU’s Department of Chemistry. The Scientific Film Laboratory 2.0 led by film director Yulia Kiseleva, a winner of the Russian “For Commitment to Science” award, aims to make science films more fictional and appealing to a broad audience.