2nd National Award “For Loyalty to Science”

11 February 2016

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation has become a partner of the second annual National Award “For Loyalty to Science”.

The award was established by the Ministry of Education and Science in 2015 to reward journalists, academics and business representatives who have made an important contribution to the development and media coverage of science in Russia.

The aim of the initiative was to support projects aimed at promoting the country’s scientific achievements, to enhance the prestige of scientific activity in Russia and to develop professional scientific communication.

On February 8, 2016, Day of Russian Science, a ceremony to award finalists and name the award winners was held at the Moscow International House of Music.

The organizing committee crowned winners in eight separate nominations. The “Question of Science” project, broadcast by TV channels Russia 24 and Science 2.0, was named the best television program about science. Schrödinger’s Cat, a popular science magazine was named the best printed periodical publication. Scientific news publication N+1 was named the best online project about science. The Science Slam Russia project was named the best popular science project of the year. In the category “Best Children’s Scientific Project” the award was won by a series of lectures called “Scientists for Children” which was arranged by the Moscow museum “Experimentanium”. A Special Award “For Loyalty to Science” was given to Sergey Popov, a leading researcher at the Sternberg Astronomical Institute.The award for the best photograph about science was won by the photo project of the Aquatilis circumnavigation expedition, which researched plankton. This year, the jury also chose a winner in the ‘anti-award’ nomination. The Russian Academy of Psychology Corporation, which is involved in selling certificates to psychologists, esoterics, and healers, was named as the most harmful pseudoscientific project

The Prize winners (except for “anti-award”) were awarded special prizes and cash prizes to the amount of 100 thousand roubles, the funds for which were allocated by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation.

At the end of the evening the State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia under the direction of Alexei Utkin and Hibla Gerzmava, a People’s Artist of Russia, performed for the guests of the ceremony.

The popularization of scientific achievements is one of the priorities of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation. The Foundation supports projects for the exchange of experiences and opinions between specialists in various branches of science — in forums, conferences, festivals and other modern platforms for professional discussions. Support is also provided to educational institutions at all levels, including higher education institutions.

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