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23 may – 24 may


The Pentatonic Scale for Non-Newtonian Fluid
History of science in 15 objects
23 may
  • 11:00 – 23:00
24 may
  • 11:00 – 23:00

Lectorium programme

23 May

12.00−12.45 p.m. Lecture “Interactive technologies in art: new sculpture”

Yekaterina Kovalyova and Sergey Prikhod’ko from the interactive design studio Hello Computer that developed the iLike system for the fest will try looking at interactive technology from the point of view of sculpture and draw a line of continuity from David and Rodin to live interactive exhibits. And they will dream about the future of interactive technologies, too!

1.00−1.45 p.m. Lecture “How and why should videogames be taught at universities?”

Alexander Vertushinskiy, representative of the philosophy department of Moscow State University, will speak about game studies and how videogames slip away from theorists.

2.00−2.45 p.m. Lecture “How to tell a true scientist from a false one?”

Andrej Rostovtsev, scientist and founder of Dissernet, will share his knowledge of how and where fake theses are made, how false reputations originate and what internal mechanism triggers the process of reproduction of fake scientists, what it may result in and how to fight against it.

3.00−3.45 p.m. Lecture “Informidable GMO”

Mikhail Gelfand, a bioinformatician, will tell if we should be afraid of genetically modified organisms and why.

4.00−4.45 p.m. Lecture “Forbidden chemistry, or how the school ignoramuses turned out to be right”

Artyom Oganov, a theorist crystallographer, chemist, physicist and material technologist, will speak about new chemistry and its unexpected discoveries. For instance, about the fact that the developed methods of predicting crystal structures testify that extreme conditions form new chemical substances which at first seem to be a schoolchild’s mistake.

5.00−5.45 p.m. Lecture “Cultural biology and other new tendencies in cognitive science”

Maria Falikman, a psychologist and cognitive research specialist, will speak about interdisciplinarity in cognitive science and its new tendencies.

6.00−7.30 p.m. “Who lives in your head?” A lecture-discussion

Pete Docter, an Oscar winner, vice-president and director of Pixar Animation Studios, will talk with Konstantin Anokhin, head of neuroscience department of Kurchatov Institute. Pete Docter will tell about his latest work, the animation film “Inside Out”, whose distribution in Russia starts on 18 June. The film is basically set in the depths of human consciousness where five emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – live and control human behaviour. In the course of the discussion Pete Docter and Konstantin Anokhin will talk about the creative and scientific approaches to the structure of thinking. The discussion is organised with the assistance of Disney Company.

8.00−8.45 p.m. Lecture “What is the modern android capable of?”

Mikhail Burtsev, physics and math candidate, artificial intelligence specialist and neurophysiologist, will speak about modern robots on the example of the MIT Company robot presented for the DARPA ROBOTICS CHALLENGE competition.

9.00−9.45 p.m. BeatFilm Discussion

10.00−11.30 p.m. – film The Last Man on the Moon

This is a documentary portrait of astronaut Eugene Cernan who was not the first man on the Moon, but was there three times – in 1966, 1969, and 1972, while the Appollo-17 commander made the latest Moon landing. The business-like, simple and funny manner in which Cernan tells about his life, his wife’s comments and brilliant animation inserts make the film easy to watch. However, at the end of the film quite a serious question is asked: why does everybody cherish the memories of the first flights to the Moon, but no one flies there nowadays?

24 may

11.00−12.30 A conference for schoolchildren

Believe us, exhibits can talk. We are not kidding, this is a real project launched by The British Museum and the BBC Radio in 2010. In a series of short scientific programmes Neil McGregor, Head of the Museum, told “A History of the World in 100 objects”. Through informative sketches of ethnographic monuments or archaeological findings the auditory learned about the most important landmarks of human history.

At the Polytech Fest, the most fascinating exhibits of the Polytechnic Museum will acquire their own voices. Listening to their amazing stories you will learn about museum life, the principles of collection forming, scientific discoveries and Russian history.

The participants of the conference will be able to repeat the British experience and tell the story of the ordinary things their pockets are full of. How can we reach understanding with the things that make our lives? What can these things tell about their owners? The teachers from the University for Children team will help you answer these questions. The participants will divide into groups of 10 and tell their stories. Every object they choose will be photographed. The photos together with the explanatory stories will appear on the Polytechnic museum site.

1.00−1.45 p.m. Lecture “Genotype instead of prescription. How can genetic tests help determine the best medicine and dose?”

Dmitry Sychyov, Doctor of Science, professor, head of clinical pharmacology and therapy chair of Russian Medical Academy of postgraduate education, will speak about the link between an individual reaction to a medicine and a person’s genetic peculiarities. Can specialised genetic tests help predict the development of side-effects and optimize the necessary dose?

2.00−2.45 p.m. Lecture “Extended reality in the context of music”

Bruno Zamborlin, the creator of Mogees app, music technology researcher and performer, will tell about how innovative technologies allow musicians to play on the objects around them. At the moment fund raising for the launch of the new app is taking place on the Kickstarter platform. If everything shapes well, at the end of the summer we can expect a new iOS app costing 40 pounds. The release of the Android app is expected this autumn.

3.00−3.45 p.m. Lecture “Landscape architecture and science”

Nikolay Polisskiy, the star of land-art, will speak about his work, including the sculptures inspired by the human scientific activity: Universal Intelligence, Large Hadron Collider, Brilliant Idea, and Polytechnic Gate, which can be seen in Promyshlennosti Square starting from 22 May. Polisskiy turns simple materials available in a village studio, wood, metal frame and bolted joints into art and triumph of scientific cognition, recreating the images of outer space exploration era and DNA spirals.

4.00−4.45 p.m. Lecture “About the complex relationship between people and their genomes”

Yegor Prokhorchuk, a geneticist and molecular biologist, will speak about how complicated and multidimensional this relationship is.

5.00−5.45 p.m. Lecture “Life on exoplanets”.

Sergey Popov, an astrophysicist, will speak about the planets similar to the Earth discovered in the habitability zone.

6.00−7.15 p.m. Lecture “How modern art modifies urban environment”.

Markos Zotes, an artist, will tell about how he explores the possibilities of urban space with the help of his video — and architectural interventions and looks for ways to involve spectators into art.

7.30−8.30 p.m. A lecture about creation, science, art and what we can learn from cars.

The lecture will be given by Adam Sadovski, president of Syyn Labs, the company that has been called The League of Extraordinary Nerds. Syyn Labs specializes on making the grandest and craziest ideas come true. They created the virus video clip “This Too Shall Pass” for the band OK Go for which they constructed an amazing Rube Goldberg machine. At the fest the company will present the “Car Organ” project.

9.00−9.45 p.m. BeatFilm discussion

10.00−11.00 film “Planetary”

The film-essay Planetary tells about where humanity is moving, and what this motion costs our planet. Breathtaking views and archive shots accompanied by the comments of experts, among whom there are not only scientists but also a Tibetan llama and a former NASA astronaut.

This environmentalist blockbuster gives you an opportunity to look at the Earth from space and answer the question about what each of us can do for the future of the planet. Director Guy Reid suggests a solution: seek the happy future in realizing yourself as part of the world each of us is responsible for.

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