The opening iteration of a new lecture series was a hit last week at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, and organizers said it will lead to future events.
Presenters from the institute gave mini-lectures of no more than 15 minutes in the institute’s Hypercube building. The subjects ranged from intellectual property rights to renewable energy to advanced manufacturing technologies.
Skoltech Sci-Talks 1.0 offered a forum where top scientific minds presented topics in a media- and public-friendly way. Organizers said they hoped this event would be a valuable test run on how the scientific community might better connect with the press and public.
Natalia Berloff, Skoltech dean of faculty, presented on quantum theory. Skoltech professors Janusz Bialek discussed renewable energy; Kelvin Willoughby talked about intellectual property rights; and Philipp Khaitovich lectured on human brain evolution. Irina Dezhina, group leader of the Scientific and Industrial Policy Group, led a discussion on advanced manufacturing technologies.
The Skolkovo Institute is a private graduate research university in the Moscow suburb of Skolkovo. It was established in 2011 in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S.