Архив метки: Science Drive

After a conversation with Putin, a prodigy from Yaroslavl got an invitation to Skoltech

Ilya Rajewski 2Ilya Rajewski has become a celebrity after “Direct Line with the President” (an annual event in which the president of Russia answers citizens’ questions), when he not only complained that he was not allowed to go to “Artek” and “Sirius” (a science summer camp for talented kids), but also told about his plans to become a scientist and study at Skoltech. Not long afterwards, the talented fifth-grader from Yaroslavl received an invitation to come to Skoltech and to get acquainted with its research centers and laboratories, including the robotics lab, which he so keen on. 

At eight years young, Ilya skipped grades, he speaks good English, already exploring 3D-modeling, has an interest in robotics and he even passed the program in Chemistry for 8th grade. The boy repeatedly became the winner of competitions in mathematics, English, natural history and reading. Last year he has written a book called “My Adventures in MINECRAFT”.

The latest passion of Ilya is rockets and the idea of a rocket ship with turbo engine. This is why he wants to study science: “My dream is to develop a rocket fuel in “Skolkovo”, Ilya told reporters, “I love science, and “Skolkovo” is just about science. It will be very interesting to me there .

The interest of talented fifth-grader has not gone unnoticed. During a Skype conversation Alexei Sitnikov, Skoltech Vice-President invited Ilya to visit the University. According to the Sitnikov, Skoltech will be glad to see wonder kid from Yaroslavl, but he will have to learn a little bit more: “Looking how fast Ilya develops his education, I think that this will happen very soon”, said Sitnikov, “Therefor, I would like to invite Ilya to come visit us and see what we have built and what we develop, so he can made the  choice for himself”.

Science Drive 2014/5 – Next Generation: Which Russian Postdocs will Work with Nobel Laureate Geim in The UK?

The Skolkovo Foundation, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and Skolkovo Open University (OpUS) announce the next phase of Science Drive: the 2014-2015 application and selection process.

The program is aimed at supporting the professional development and research initiatives of talented young Russian researchers who specialize in experimental condensed matter physics. Applicants who will be selected for the program will have the opportunity to join research projects led by world renowned scientists and researchers, including Nobel laureates. The winners for 2014 -2015 will travel to Manchester where they will work for two years under the leadership of renowned physicist and Nobel laureate Andre Geim – then return to Moscow to work at Skoltech. 

For the program’s 2014 pilot, an expert panel chose physicist Anastasia Tyurnina, a graduate of the Physics Department of Moscow State University. Tyurnina is slated to start working with Skoltech in September 2015.

The university’s Center for Quantum Materials along with Skolkovo Open University (OpUS) will manage the application and selection process.

Key dates and timeline:

December 15, 2014 – Candidates’ application deadline 
January – February 2015 – Presentations and interviews with the finalists by the Expert Panel. 
February 15, 2015 – Announcement of two winners. 
April – August 2015 – Paperwork and UK visas. 
September 1, 2015 – Beginning of work on research project at the University of Manchester.

Think you have what it takes to work with Sir Andre, who’s the first scientist ever to have won both the Nobel and the Ig Nobel? Start by reading here about the possibilities – and requirements.

After you’ve read and understood all relevant information, please send your application to: 

 

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

PM Medvedev Pledges that “Skoltech will be a Top International University”. But What Happened Before and After at SUV2014?

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meets and greets Skoltech president Ed Crawley and students

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meets and greets Skoltech president Ed Crawley and students

“Dmitry Anatolyevich, haven’t you forgotten something?” the crowd surrounding the Russian Prime Minister, ready to leave the Skoltech students and leadership he had just met, turned their heads. It is not everyday that a graduate student calls upon Dmitry Medvedev to halt to a stop. “We have a gift for you. Would you like to take it?” Medvedev grinned, his security detail relaxed. The photographers shuffled back to the little table where students Aidana Nurzhanova and Nikita Rodichenko were waiting for the Prime Minister of Russia with a goody bag.

Inside it nestled a quadrocpoter, a four-propeller drone, designed and custom built by the Student Engineering Club. Another handshake, one more smile for the cameras and the entourage departed once more.

“That went quite well,” Skoltech’s president Ed Crawley observed, “we are having a good day.” But when Medvedev spoke with the media the rector’s day got even better.

PM Medvedev receives a quadrocopter built by the Skoltech Student Engineering Club. Image courtesy RIA-Novosty

PM Medvedev receives a quadrocopter built by the Skoltech Student Engineering Club. Image courtesy RIA-Novosty

Skoltech will be a major scientific center, a top university which draws foreign researchers and specialists”, the Prime Minister declared from the main stage at Startup Village, “I thank the international scientists who have come to Russia to help build the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology”. His remarks were carried by Russian news agencies and broadcast on prime time TV news, then went viral – shared, retweeted, and posted to social networks.

And yet Skoltech’s day at Startup Village 2014 was not only about VIP guests. Entrepreneurs and professors met at the 4th Innovation Program Conference, organized by the university’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; students competed with guests at a drones tournament (with a 12 year old pilot called Kyrill becoming an overnight sensation); Skoltech leadership participated in panels and discussions; and a young Russian physicist spoke to the audience through a robot – after learning she had won Science Drive 2014 and will spend the next year working in Manchester with Nobel laureate Andre Geim.

Here are are the pictures that sum up one of the busiest days Skoltech had this year.

Watching the flyover. Somewhere in this picture hovers a drone

Watching the flyover. Somewhere in this picture hovers a drone

A round of applause to round it up. PM Medvedev and deputy PM Dvorkovich (left)

A round of applause to round it up. PM Medvedev and deputy PM Dvorkovich (left)

Drones participating in the competition had to fly through hoops and hover above obstacles

Drones participating in the competition had to fly through hoops and hover above obstacles

Nikita Rodichenko and his self built, self designed quadrocopter

Nikita Rodichenko and his self designed, self built quadrocopter

Keeping something so small and so fast in the air isn't so easy. The gusty wind didn't help

Keeping something so small and so fast up in the air is challenging. The gusty wind didn’t make life easier for these young pilots. But they managed

Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov, Skoltech President Ed Crawley and professor Konstantin Severinov at Innovation Program Conference

Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov, Skoltech President Ed Crawley (upper left corner) and professor Konstantin Severinov (bottom) at the Innovation Program Conference

 

Professor Konstantin Severinov speaking at the Innovation Program Conference

Professor Konstantin Severinov speaking at the Innovation Program Conference

 

Keeping posted at the Innovation Program Conference

Keeping posted during the Innovation Program Conference

Russian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov and Alexei Sitnikov, Skoltech VP of Institutional and Resource Development walking past copter arena

Russian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov and Alexei Sitnikov, Skoltech VP of Institutional and Resource Development walking past copter arena

Science Drive winner announced. Anastasia Tyurnina will work with Nobel laureate Andre Geim in the UK

Science Drive winner announced by Dean of Faculty Natalia Berloff. Anastasia Tyurnina (examining tube on the giant screen behind) will work with Nobel laureate Andre Geim in the UK

Inside this strange-looking robot hides Anastasia Tyurnina, winner of science drive 2014. In fact it's just the organizers' way to broadcast her voice, as she spoke over Skype from France.

Inside this robot hides Anastasia Tyurnina, winner of Science Drive 2014. It was the organizers’ way to make her part of the celebration, as she spoke over Skype from France.

Lilya Boyko, Skoltech Director of Communications, thanks volunteers

Lilya Boyko, Skoltech Director of Communications, thanks volunteers

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advance scientific knowledge, and foster new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

Science Drive 2014: Winner announced – Anastasia Tyurnina

When the face of Anastasia Tyurnina appeared on the giant screen at Startup Village’s main stage, her photo seemed to be beaming with pride. The young Russian physicist has an excellent reason to be content: Tyurnina is the winner of this year’s Science Drive. Dpozens of contenders huddled on the stage in Moscow, but Tyurnina received the news over Skype from France. Now she will be travelling to Manchester, UK, work for two years under the leadership of renowned physicist sir Andre Geim – then return to Moscow to work at Skoltech in September 2015.

 

Anastasia Tyurnina, winner of Science Drive

Anastasia Tyurnina, winner of Science Drive

The selection was announced on the main stage at Startup Village 2014. An expert panel chose her from a list of candidates, all of whom researchers specialized in experimental condensed matter physics. Tyurnina completed her PhD titled “Carbon materials grown by PECVD: microdiamond crystals and nanodiamond film, forest of graphite flakes and graphite nanofilms, graphene; its transfer and characterization” at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). She holds a postdoc position at CEA/LITEN, Grenoble, France where she specializes in large scale graphene growth for TCF application.

The recently announced Science Drive program is aimed at supporting the professional development and research initiatives of talented young Russian scientists. Skoltech’s Center for Quantum Materials along with Skolkovo Open University (OpUS) and the Skolkovo Foundation coordinated the application and selection process.

Prof Natalia Berloff and Dmitry Kharzeev announce the winner for this year’s Science Drive at Startup Village’s main stage. In the background: the winner

Inside this strange-looking robot hides Anastasia Tyurnina, winner of Science Drive 2014. In fact it was just the organizers' way to broadcast Tyurnina's voice, as she spoke over Skype from France.

Inside this strange-looking robot hides Anastasia Tyurnina, winner of Science Drive 2014. In fact it was just the organizers’ way to broadcast Tyurnina’s voice, as she spoke over Skype from France.  The robot was manufactured by Wicron, a resident start up with Skolkovo (wicron.com)

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advance scientific knowledge, and foster new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

Science Drive: Russian talent to work in UK with Nobel laureate Andre Geim

Postdocs – get ready to Vroom. Science Drive is here.

The new  program is aimed at supporting the professional development and research initiatives of talented young Russian scientists. For the program’s first year, an expert panel will choose a shortlist of seven researchers specialized in experimental condensed matter physics. Two winners will travel to Manchester where they will work for two years under the leadership of renowned physicist sir Andre Geim – then return to Moscow to work at Skoltech. 

The university’s Center for #Quantum Materials along with Skolkovo Open University (OpUS) will manage the application and selection process, which began yesterday. 

Key dates and timeline:

May 26, 2014 ( 11:00 Moscow time ) – Candidates’ application deadline.
May 28, 2014 – Announcement of seven finalists .
June 1, 2014 ( 11:00 Moscow time ) – Deadline for submission of presentations by finalists.
1-3 June 2014 – Personal interview (or Skype interviews) with members of the Expert Council.
June 3, 2014 – Announcement of two winners.
June – August 2014 – Paperwork and UK visas.
September 1, 2014 – Beginning of work on research project at the University of Manchester.

Professor Andre Geim is the first ever scientist to have won both the Nobel prize – for his groundbreaking work on Graphene – and Ig Nobel, for using magnets to levitate a frog. That’s right: he actually made a frog float midair.

Think you’re a high flyer too? Start by reading here about the possibilities – and requirements.

After you’ve read and understood all relevant information, please send your application to: 

Professor Andre Geim. Photo credit: Scientific Russia

Professor Andre Geim. Photo credit: Scientific Russia

 

 

 

 

 

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advance scientific knowledge, and foster new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

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