3rd All-Russian ‘For Faithfulness to Science’ Prize

10 February 2017

On 8 February 2017, the gala awards ceremony of the 3rd All-Russian ‘For Faithfulness to Science’ Prize took place at the Moscow International House of Music, coinciding with the Russian Day of Science. The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation became the partner of the prize for the second year in a row.

The ‘For Faithfulness to Science’ Prize was established by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science in 2015 with the goal of honoring journalists, scientists, and businessmen who have made significant contributions to the development and popularization of science in Russia.

At the press-conference dedicated to announcing the finalists of the prize on 6 February, the Russian Deputy Minister of Education and Science Ludmila Ogorodova said: “I would like to thank the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation of Alisher Usmanov, which has supported this event for the second year in a row. Their support is expressed in part by providing the prize fund and supporting all of the participants of the prize, except for those in the ‘Anti-prize’ nomination.”

In 2016, more than 160 projects applied to participate in the prize, almost half of which were regional projects. Prizes were awarded to the Black Holes. White Spots TV programme, the Granite of Science radio show, the Science and Life magazine, the PostNauka popular science internet-journal, the Arhe cultural-enlightenment centre, and the Beautiful Science photo-project. The ‘Popularizer of Science—2016’ prize, which evaluates the personal contributions of scientists, journalists, or public figures, was awarded to Dr. Andrey Anatolyevich Zaliznyak, a professor of philology, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation. The anti-prize was given to the Battle of Psychics programme from the TNT television channel.

The awards were presented by Viktor Sadovnichiy, the rector of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Mikhail Kotyukov, the director of the Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations in Russia, Alexander Safonov, the vice-president of Skoltech, Sergey Popov, the astrophysicist, and other experts in the field of science.

“The popularization of science is often as important as scientific discoveries themselves. Everyone who spreads science unites the efforts of scientists, scientific organizations, the mass media, businesses, and other institutes of civil society and fulfills a very significant job which deserves international acclaim. The ‘For Faithfulness to Science’ Prize is one such instrument of support,” said Olga Vasilyeva, the Russian minister of education and science, at the awards ceremony.

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