Delegates from Ulyanovsk Region Participate in Congress of Young Scientists

The final event of the Year of Science and Technology was held at Educational Center "Sirius" from 8 to 10 December.

The Congress of Young Scientists was organized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, the Coordination Council for Youth Affairs in the Sphere of Science and Education under the Presidential Council for Science and Education, the Roscongress Foundation, and ANO "National Priorities" (official operator of the Year of Science and Technology in the Russian Federation).

Over three thousand participants from 77 regions of Russia visited the venues in three days. They included young scientists, students, postgraduates, schoolchildren, winners of grant competitions, as well as the leading world-class Russian scientists, representatives of high-tech companies and heads of relevant public authorities. Among the experts were Dmitry Chernyshenko (Deputy Prime Minister), Andrey Fursenko (Aide to the President of the Russian Federation), Valery Falkov (Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation), Anton Kobyakov (Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation), and Ruslan Edelgeriev (Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation; Special Presidential Representative on Climate Issues).

The business programme of the Congress of Young Scientists included more than 90 sessions and roundtable discussions in five thematic clusters: Year of Science and Technology, Management and Investment, Cooperation and Coordination, Infrastructure and Environment, and Staff and Human Resources.

Anna Lukina and Anna Afinogentova, students of Ilya Ulyanov State Pedagogical University (UlSPU), were members of the Ulyanovsk region's delegation of young scientists. Their project called MyPill won the grant of the Foundation for Development of Civil Society Institutions at the Youth Forum of the Volga Federal District "iVolga". Within it, an application is now being developed to classify medical products according to their external features. It will serve as an assistant for people with a major visual impairment. This application will scan the medication and tell the user which one it is. According to young scientists, the MyPill project is actively supported by UlSPU Scientific Academy and the business club at SBC university. The youth forum of the Volga Federal District "iVolga" itself is held under the patronage of Igor Komarov, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Volga Federal District.

Alexey Golubkov, a senior lecturer at Higher Mathematics Department of Ilya Ulyanov State Pedagogical University, a postgraduate, a member of the Council of Young Scientists and an implementer for grants of the Russian Foundation for Basic

Research (RFBR) and the Russian Science Foundation (RSF), explained that participants of the event discussed support measures for young scientists, key areas of the Strategy for Scientific and Technological Development of the country, and current issues related to cooperation in the field of science and education.

The Ulyanovsk region's delegation also included Anastasia Kuvshinova (Chairman of the Council of Young Scientists at UlSPU; Deputy Dean for research at the Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Information Technology; Head of RFBR grant; Implementer for RSF grant) and Lyudmila Klimovich (associate professor at UlSPU; winner of the Presidential Grant).

“At the Congress of Young Scientists, which is the key event of the Year of Science and Technology, many interesting venues and exhibitions were presented, unique master classes were held. It is very important for young scientists to participate in such events, to present their achievements. Thanks to the grant support, we can interact with other scientists and develop our professional skills,” said Anastasia Kuvshinova.

Lyudmila Klimovich emphasized that the Ulyanovsk region is developing a support system for young scientists. She commented, “Our region actively participated in events of the Year of Science, which took place all over Russia. We also initiated many events at the regional level, and they were a perfect match for the federal thematic year. It should be noted that the region fully supports young talents - there are relevant funds and grant competitions.”

The delegation of the Ulyanovsk State Technical University also participated in the Congress of Young Scientists. It was represented by Kirill Svyatov (Dean of the Information Systems and Technologies Faculty), Valery Sapunov (Associate Professor of the Department of Innovative Technologies in Mechanical Engineering) and Maria Gaponova (Master of Radio Engineering from the relevant department).

In addition, the Congress of Young Scientists hosted VUZPROMEXPO 2021, a national convention on the subject of science and education. More than 350 scientific and technological developments were showcased by leading Russian universities and major manufacturing companies. UlSTU presented theirs at the site of the World-class Research and Educational Center "Engineering of the Future". During the exhibition, UlSTU showed an open platform for robot competitions, a wireless telemetry data retrieval module and a system for status monitoring of objects.