JINR scientists included in shortlist of award “For Loyalty to Science”

News, 15 November 2021

Scientific Leader of FLNR JINR, Academician Yuri Oganessian and a DLNP senior researcher Mark Shirchenko have become candidates for the award in the nomination “Special Award for contribution to the popularisation of science and technology among scientists, journalists, teachers, and public figures.”

Assessing the total contribution to the popularisation of science, the organising committee of the award took into account the largest in Europe, Asia, and America panel “Mendeleev’s Periodic Table”, which was opened on 23 July 2021 at the initiative of Yu. Oganessian on the Volga embankment in Dubna. Over 12 thousand schoolchildren as part of the educational project “Bolshaya peremena” (lit. “Big break”) have watched the live broadcast of the ceremonial opening of the enormous art object. Supporting interest of schoolchildren in science, JINR and “Bolshaya peremena” announced a competition for schoolchildren “Letter to the scientist” with the participation of Yu. Oganessian. The organising committee noted the candidate’s lectures on the platform of the Educational Centre “Sirius” and participation in the shooting of a film about D. Mendeleev as part of the project “Scientific Russia. Great names”

Mark Shirchenko spent nine years (2011-2019) translating a well-known TV series “The Big Bang Theory” as part of the project “Kuraj-Bombey”. Many TV viewers think that translation by this studio is one of the funniest. Thanks to the work of Mark Shirchenko, physics in the sitcom is real. There is an opinion, that thanks to this version of translation, the series became popular in Russia The fact that 18 million people from all over the world have watched the sitcom finale proves its popularity. Mark Shirchenko, as a populariser of science, is active in other science projects as well. His activity involves participation in such projects as “Brunch with a Scientist”, the international educational project “Virtual science camp”, the lecture hall of the project “Bolshaya peremena”, and the festival of science and technology “Homo Science” in Nizhny Novgorod.

It is interesting to note that both candidates took part in projects from a shortlist of the award. These are a series of documentaries “Scientific Russia. Great names” in the special nomination “The best project to highlight the Year of Science and Technology in the Russian Federation ” and “Brunch with a Scientist” of Polytech, where Mark Shirchenko participated together with DLNP JINR Deputy Director of Science Dmitry Naumov, in the nomination “The Best Scientific and Educational Project of the Year”.

One more project with JINR participation, a children radio show “Well, well! Science News with Krutilkin and Vertelkin”, was shortlisted for the award in two categories at once: The best radio show about science and Special prize for popularisation of the national project “Science and Universities”.

Members of the expert council of the VIIth All-Russian Award “For Loyalty to Science” announced the shortlist of participants in 14 nominations at a meeting. Winners of the award will be known at the award ceremony of the laureates and diploma winners, which is scheduled for the end of November.

The All-Russian Prize “For loyalty to science” is annually awarded for outstanding achievements in scientific communication, popularisation of science and support of prestige of scientists and engineers in the Russian Federation. The organiser of the award is the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, partners of the event are the Russian Academy of Sciences, National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute”, and Lomonosov Moscow State University. A non-profit charitable organisation “Art, Science and Sport Foundation” has been forming the financial part of the award for more than five years.