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III all-Russian Award “For Fidelity to Science”

The award “For Fidelity to Science” was organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia in 2015 to encourage journalists, scientists, businessmen to contribute to the development of the Russian science and its popularization.

On 6 February during the press conference where award finalists were announced, Ludmila Ogorodova, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation said: “I would like to express gratitude to the foundation of Alisher Usmanov, the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, for supporting this event for two years. This support was provided, in particular, in the form of sponsoring the winner prize award as well as all prizes for participants in all nominations except for the nomination ‘Anti-award’”.

In 2016 over 160 research and other works had been submitted for participation in the contest, almost half of them came from the regions of Russia. The following projects had been awarded with the prize: TV programme “Black holes. White spots”; radio programme “Granite of science”; magazine “Science and life”; scientific popular internet magazine “PostScience”; cultural and educational center “Arche”; photo-project “Beautiful science”. Andrey Anatolievich Zaliznyak, Doctor of Philology, a member of the Russian Academy of Science, laureate of the Russian State Award, received the award in the nomination “Popularisation of science — 2016”. This nomination is designed to praise scientists, journalists and social activists for their personal contribution to the popularization of science.

Awards had been handed out by Viktor Sadovnichiy, rector of the State Moscow University named after Mikhail Lomonosov, Michail Kotyukov, and the head of the Federal Agency of scientific organisations, Alexander Safonov, the vice president of “SkolTech”, Sergey Popov, an astrophysicist and other scientific experts.

“Popularisation of science is often as important as scientific inventions. Those, who raise awareness about the science, gather efforts of scientists, scientific organizations, mass media, business communities and other civil society organizations make massive contributions and deserve recognition. The Award ‘For Fidelity to Science’ is one of the means to express this recognition”, — said Olga Vasilieva, the Minister of Education and Science, during the award ceremony.