Engaging Exploration: Inspiring Youth Interest in Science
A year ago, the Russian President issued a decree proclaiming a Decade of Science and Technology. Its primary goals encompass enticing talented young individuals to pursue research and development careers and ensuring that information concerning the accomplishments and prospects of Russian science becomes more accessible to the nation's citizens. Various initiatives, such as science volunteering projects, popular science programs, lectures, podcasts, festivals, exhibitions, slams, contests, and marathons, have been designed to achieve these objectives. While striving for an appealing format, it is crucial not to compromise the core focus of popular science projects – their substantial content. How can we not only capture the interest of young individuals in science but also sustain it over time? How can we tailor popular formats to specific target audiences? How can we transition from entertainment-focused approaches to cultivating genuine enthusiasm for science? What is the present path for the advancement of young scientists in Russia, and what ongoing projects exemplify their effectiveness and impact within this domain?
Konstantin Fursov, Member of the Coordinating Council for Youth Affairs in the Scientific and Educational Spheres of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for Science and Education
Alexey Goreslavsky, Director General, ANO "Internet Development Institute" (IRI)
Sofia Malyavina, General Director, National Priorities
Nikita Marchenkov, Chairman, Coordinating Council for Youth Affairs in the Scientific and Educational Spheres of the Presidential Council of the Russian Federation for Science and Education; Head of the Kurchatov Complex of Synchrotron-Neutron Research, Research Center "Kurchatov Institute"
Ekaterina Rakhmankina, Deputy General Director for Human Resources and Organizational Development, Science and Innovations
Elena Chernenko, Head of Special Projects Department and Prganizing Events, Association of Volunteer Centers
Front row participants
Irina Belykh, Co-founder, Program Director, FANK Contemporary Science Film Festival; Member of the Expert Council for Non-Fiction Films, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation; Member of the Board, European Academy of Science Films
Wafa Misrar, Researcher, Cadi Ayyad university
Sergey Samoilenko, Scientist, Volcanologist; Founder, Vulcanarium Museum
Olga Khomova, General Director, State Academic Capella in St. Petersburg