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Baltic International Summer School 2017: How to Transform a City in Nine days

Baltic International Summer School 2017: How to Transform a City in Nine days

A special international summer school for urban studies was held in August, organized by HafenCity University Hamburg. ITMO Students from the Institute of Design and Urban Studies have been participating in the event since 2014. This year, two Master’s students went to Hamburg to participate, Ekaterina Ilina and Mulud Bashir-Sherif. More about the summer school and the 60 students from 8 countries who participated is described below.

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The Evolution and Future of Public Lighting

The Evolution and Future of Public Lighting

Three centuries ago, Peter the Great had decreed that St. Petersburg’s streets were to be lit with oil lanterns. Thus, the country’s new capital became the first Russian city to have public lighting. Today, St. Petersburg remains one of the country’s best examples of urban light environment. But each year, new approaches to lighting design, architecture and smart-city engineering appear all over the world. This field itself is becoming a platform not only for lighting designers, architects and artists, but for scientists, researchers and IT specialists as well. Participants of the roundtable discussion “Light in the City: design or programming. New technological developments and tools for modern urban analysis” discussed the future, why modern cities require more than a safe light environment, and how to use new technologies to change the approach to street lighting.

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Youth Foresight Festival Tackles Future of Transportation

Youth Foresight Festival Tackles Future of Transportation

Last night, at Peter and Paul fortress in St. Petersburg, a special opening of the Russian Youth Foresight Festival “Pravo Rulya” [or “Go Starboard!”] took place. The festival is devoted to transport and traffic. ITMO University’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations (FTMI), St. Petersburg’s Education Committee and St. Petersburg’s City Youth Art Palace are organizing the event for the second time for school and university students from the ages of 7 to 25. The festival will go on for an entire week, during which future transport systems will be discussed. ITMO.NEWS writes about the opening and what to expect in 2050.

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Optoelectronics On Quantum Dots: Review By ITMO Researchers

Optoelectronics On Quantum Dots: Review By ITMO Researchers

Today, TV sets based on quantum dots are becoming a common thing, which means that one of the most interesting quantum technologies invented in the 1980s is being gradually introduced in our everyday life. Thanks to the development of colloid synthesis, quantum dots are now applied in many optoelectronic devices that can already compete with their regular counterparts - photovoltaic elements, LEDs, photon detectors. So, what are the key advantages of this technology, and are the new devices ready for mass production? What are the relevant issues that scientists will have to solve in the nearest future? A group of researchers from ITMO University answered these questions in a review on the new concepts and progress in studying quantum dots published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A - a title by the British Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Things to Do this Week(end): September 23-24

Things to Do this Week(end): September 23-24

It’s Wednesday again, which is the time for our usual review  on  the noteworthy events and activities that will take place in St. Petersburg this week; so, make your choice and remember: studying may be a priority, but a good rest is  most essential  to keeping up with it!

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Bike Ride With Rector Goes National

Bike Ride With Rector Goes National

Yesterday marked the seventh time when students, staff and friends of ITMO University meet with Rector Vladimir Vasilyev for a picturesque bike ride in St. Petersburg’s seaside district. This year, the baton was picked up in Vladivostok, where the international conference METANANO-2017 is currently underway. After midnight in Moscow time (7:30 AM in Vladivostok), 40 participants of the conference, including Russian and international professors, scientists and students, started the final day of the conference with an invigorating bike ride. How a tradition brings together people from the opposite ends of a continent and across all generations – all that and more in our article.

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How Music Affects Our Brain

How Music Affects Our Brain

Scientists are still trying to figure out how music affects our brain and why, just like any other art, we all experience it differently. But new discoveries in understanding the physical effect of music on the human brain are made all the time. It has been revealed that music can modify the brain structure, affect the taste of beer, and make men more attractive; it also turns out that the upbeat Beatles and the depressive Nortt are equally as good at making us feel better. In this ITMO.NEWS article, find out what scientists have learned about our relationship with music.

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Forester Soon to Hit the World Robot Olympiad in Costa Rica

Forester Soon to Hit the World Robot Olympiad in Costa Rica

ITMO University’s high school students’ robotics team has made it into World Robot Olympiad, which will be held in November in Costa Rica. The main theme of this year's competition is sustainability, creating sustainabots that can change our world without affecting it, integrating environmental, social and economic aspects. So, the special team trained at ITMO will show the world their Forester robot, which can automatically monitor the environmental status of forests. In addition to "Forester", three more Russian robots will go to Costa Rica.

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Relocation Tips: Perks of Student Life in St. Petersburg (Part 2)

Relocation Tips: Perks of Student Life in St. Petersburg (Part 2)

Last week we told you about the advantages students in St. Petersburg have when getting around the city and exploring its cultural heritage. But what about having fun and feeling the taste of St. Petersburg? Today, we’ve prepared a list of the privileges that students and members of ITMO’s Student Union have in terms of going to the movies and theatre, eating and finding entertainment. After all, studying at the university is much more fun when you also get to enjoy yourself every once in a while. 

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