Saturday, December 16, 2017

UrFU student Alexander Bazhenov takes first place in Science Slam finals

Ural Federal University student Alexander Bazhenov took home first prize in the Science Slam held earlier this month in Berlin.

Bazhenov, a student in the Institute of Physics and Technology, presented on the corrosion of steels and alloys in uranium-containing melts. The title of the presentation was "Pan for Neutron Soup." In the final competition, Bazhenov was the last to perform, but his presentation earned him the grand prize Science Slam boxing gloves.

The competition acts as an alternative to the usual symposia and conferences, allowing participants to present scientific papers to the public. The event is organized by the German-Russian Forum in cooperation with Rolicult and with the support of Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The competition brought together projects form six Russian students and four German students. Winners from Science Slams in Yekaterinburg, Moscow, Severodvisnk, Tomka, Ivanovo and Tver convened in Berlin for championships.

The projects must be presented in 10-minutes, and students work with coaches in order to make sure the presentations are coherent to the public, as well as fun and humorous.

Bazhenov will move on to the Science Slam in Ivanovo, where he will give a demonstration for representatives of the local state university.