On September 1, Academician Alexander Sergeev, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), visited Akademgorodok. The scientist visited the opening day ceremony at the Specialized Educational Scientific Center NSU (SESC), where he told the talented schoolchildren to study hard to achieve success in science. He also delivered a lecture for NSU Department of Physics students on the latest achievements by Russian scientists representing different departments of the Academy of Sciences. The meeting was also attended by Mikhail Fedoruk, NSU Rector and RAS Academician, Valentin Parmon, Chairman of the Siberian Branch RAS and RAS Academician, and Dmitry Markovich, Director of the S. S. Kutateladze Institute of Thermal Physics SB RAS and Academician RAS.
Academician Sergeev told the young people,
I congratulate you on the start of the new school year. Novosibirsk State University is a magnificent force of personnel. I believe that physics will remain our primary science in the 21st century, but the sphere of applications will shift more and more towards living systems. Therefore, your interactions with other departments, biology and medicine are among your excellent departments, will lead to important and interesting results.
He emphasized that today, more than ever, it is important to study and be able to turn knowledge into technology. This is the only way we can realize our plans to become a leading scientific and technological country. To achieve this, it is necessary to create the necessary conditions to support creative young people and encourage them to stay and do science in their homeland.
At NSU, SESC is the first stage in building this process. In the future it is necessary to continue to attract and support talented and promising young people through university and graduate school. This is possible thanks to the creation of comfortable conditions (building a world-class campus), opening laboratories for young people with a certain degree of freedom, and a shift in the focus of postgraduate studies from an educational to a scientific component.