Scientific and Technological Prospects and Youth
On November 25, 70 senior high-school students and their teachers from Moscow attended the opening of the Sci-Tech 2015-2016 program. The ceremony was held at Lomonosov Moscow State University’s (MSU) Geography Museum, which will celebrate its 65th anniversary in 2016. During these three years, the museum has collected unique items from all over the world and systematized their storage. World-renowned scholars took part in the creation of its exhibits. More than 200 Soviet artists took part in decorating the museum, in particular its unique gallery of Russian landscape paintings. At present, its collections are constantly being expanded with the addition of items collected by museum staff on their expeditions.
The ceremony was opened by Dr. Lyudmila Popova, Ph.D., one of the leading researchers working at MSU’s Geography Museum. She talked about the museum’s history, mentioning that one of its distinguishing features is the strong relationship that it focuses on between education and research. She stressed that the museum’s exhibits have been organically integrated into a multitude of lectures and seminars by a number of MSU faculties, including Geography, Geology, Biology, and Soil Science.
The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of ExxonMobil in Russia. Svetlana Zaslavskaya, adviser on corporate projects at ExxonMobil Russia Inc., stressed the importance of one’s choice of profession and of taking a responsible approach to the implementation of one’s ideas. She highlighted the importance of scientific and technological professions and invited students to participate in the Sci-Tech program.
The audience was welcomed in an opening speech by Alexander Filimonov, a geophysicist at ExxonMobil Russia Inc. He told the students about his experience in selecting his profession, that just a few years earlier he had graduated from the Geology Faculty at MSU. For him, the university was truly his alma mater. He said that young men and women now have a lot of opportunities to choose their path in life. “I am volunteering at Sci-Tech for the second time. I’m very pleased to see that young people are interested in this program, as they represent ‘a generation of new technology.’ Since your childhood, you have had access to products of modern technology, to the Internet. You are able to come up with new, innovative solutions that are not limited to what is possible, and are therefore interesting. It is important to realize that your ideas may bring great benefit to mankind in the future.”
One of the representatives of ExxonMobil, Mikhail Shiryaev, talked about the objectives and potential of petrochemistry, as well as the variety of professional opportunities available in the fields of science and technology. He suggested that students use the Sci-Tech program as an opportunity to test themselves to see if they like science and technology. “This is a great opportunity for career guidance. Don’t be afraid to tell yourself that you don’t like it. It’s better to make the right decision now. When you take part in the Russian final, when working on your project, try to ignore every barrier, show your creativity, use your knowledge and imagination to the full extent.”
The event ended with a fascinating tour of the MSU Geography Museum. Many of those who took part in the ceremony were visiting this unique museum for the first time, an institution that has incorporated a variety of fields in the areas of science and culture.
About the Sci-Tech program
The Sci-Tech program is a joint initiative established by Exxon Mobil Corporation and the interregional public organization Junior Achievements that has been implemented in nine European countries since 2010. The Sci-Tech program is aimed at Russian pupils from 15 to 18 years of age. It provides an opportunity to learn more about ongoing projects and prospects associated with math and about the natural and exact sciences, to gain experience in design and research activities, and to deepen their understanding of scientific and technical professions.
There are still a lot of interesting things ahead! Get updates on the program at these websites, http://www.ja-russia.ru/ and http://scitech.ja-russia.ru/