Young are definitely ready to drive science
Participants of the Young Eurasian Scientist Forum — YES-Forum — held at NAS of Belarus — welcomed with exhibition of developments, demonstrating occupations of our youth
Participants of the Young Eurasian Scientist Forum — YES-Forum — held at NAS of Belarus — welcomed with exhibition of developments, demonstrating occupations of our youth.
Delegates from the CIS, Turkey, Germany and Slovakia have arrived in Minsk to present their ideas and projects and to find ways for co-operation. Minsk was chosen the venue for the first such large-scale meeting not accidentally: last year, the council of young scientists of the National Academy of Sciences suggested organising a large event for researchers from the Eurasian Economic Union, involved in joint and inter-disciplinary projects — an obligatory condition for participation. Close collaboration between scientists from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia have made the initiative a reality. This year, the focus is made on material engineering, sciences about life and socio-humanitarian sciences.
“The development of technologies is primarily connected with new materials, e.g., nano-scale materials. However, the topics of human health and environmental protection are no less important; the whole world is concerned about them, since growing production increases human impact on the environment and is a reason for a range of diseases. Meanwhile, social sciences can help see points of coincidence and union for our nations, states, cultures and religions,” Andrei Ivanets, the Chairman of Belarus’ NAS Council of Young Scientists, explains the choice of priorities.
Minsk displays only significant projects, many of which have been already implemented, including Belarusian ideas. For example, a gear-wheel, demonstrated by Andrey Glushakov, a laboratory research officer at the NAS’ Physical and Technical Institute, sparkles as if it’s new, though it has already ‘worked’ 200 hours under double burden during stand tests at Minsk Tractor Works. 150 ‘Belarus’ tractors have been already assembled with these gear-wheels and they are currently operating on the CIS territory while passing field tests.
Meanwhile, the Scientific and Practical Centre of Food makes special emphasis on functional foods, created with participation of young employees: dry breakfast cereals — multi-grain cereals, crisp breads with probiotics, micro-elements and natural sweeteners.
12th international Youth in Science-2015 scientific conference and a speech-session of the Skolkovo Foundation were held as part of the YES-Forum, presenting 20 projects by young Belarusian scientists, making claims for financial support.
By Yulia Vasilieva