The 5th BRICS Young Scientist Forum (YSF) under the theme “BRICS Partnership of Young Scientists and Innovators for Science Progress and Innovative Growth” concluded on 25 September.
The Forum, held from 21 to 25 September via videoconference, was attended by 105 participants from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa who presented their science projects on a specially created interactive platform. Young scientists discussed the development of joint innovation and scientific activities, as well as opportunities for collaboration between universities of the five countries.
The Forum included discussions on three major topics: ecology, materials science and artificial intelligence. It also featured an intellectual game “Quiz”, an interactive workshop on creating enterprises and introducing technologies, as well as scientific experiments. Roman Morozov, SUSU chemist, demonstrated live one of the effective water purification methods.
On the final day of the Forum, South Ural State University, Polyot Chelyabinsk Radio Plant, Vega Concern, Rostec State Corporation, Intersvyaz and the Chelyabinsk City Investment Development Agency presented their innovative solutions at the “Smart City” project workshop.
Also on the last day, the organizers announced the results of Science Stand Up Battle, a contest among young scientists from the BRICS countries – this format was introduced for the first time at the YSF. The participants were asked to present their researches in a format that would be clear and fascinating for a wide audience. One of the participants spoke about a breakdown of temperature sensors and how such breakdowns are similar to human diseases.
Science Stand Up Battle winners:
1st place: Sandeep Somvanshi, India (DST-INSPIRE),
2nd place: Anupma Thakur, India (DST-INSPIRE),
3rd place: Maria Gordeyeva, Russia (Kazan State Power Engineering University).
The jury members and voting participants also noted the performance of Arthur Henrique Azevedo Gonçalves from Brazil, who won the Audience Choice Award.
All the BRICS Young Scientist Forum participants noted how fulfilling the programme was and praised the high level organization of the event, which brought together five countries from different parts of the world on a single online platform. Representatives from India, which will host the Forum in 2021, emphasized that they would be delighted to benefit from Russia's successful experience.