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The ceremony of presenting the VII All-Russian Prize “For Loyalty to Science” was held at the State Kremlin Palace.

Dmitry Chernyshenko at the 7th All-Russian Prize “For Faithfulness to Science”

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko took part in the 7th All-Russian Prize “For Fidelity to Science” at the State Kremlin Palace. The prize is annually awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of scientific communication, popularization of science and support of the prestige of the activities of scientists and engineers in Russia. This year the prize was included in the plan of events for the Year of Science and Technology, announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The ceremony was attended by Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation Sergei Naryshkin, Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev, President of the National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” Mikhail Kovalchuk, General Director of the state corporation ” Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin, General Director of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom Alexey Likhachev, Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichy, General Director of ANO National Priorities Sofia Malyavina.

The award for the best science program on television was presented by the Deputy Head of the Presidential Executive Office, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov. The winner in the nomination was the program “Picture of the World with Mikhail Kovalchuk on the TV channel“ Russia – Culture ”.

Dmitry Chernyshenko presented an award in the special category “The best project for the coverage of the Year of Science and Technology in the Russian Federation.” The laureate was the Moscow State University. M.V. Lomonosov, the rector of the university Viktor Sadovnichy received the award.

“This year, announced by the President as the Year of Science and Technology, we are solving many problems aimed at the scientific and technological development of Russia. They relate to attracting talented youth to the scientific field, involving the professional community in the preparation of the scientific and technological revolution program, and shaping citizens’ ideas about the initiatives implemented by the state and business in the field of science and technology. At the beginning of the year, the Government approved the Plan for the Year of Science and Technology of 85 federal events only. The key ones are the launch of a new production of a vaccine against coronavirus and the most powerful tokamak (thermonuclear reactor) in Russia at the Kurchatov Institute, the Baikal Deep-Sea Neutrino Telescope megascience facility and many other breakthrough projects. Of course, much attention this year has been paid to the popularization of science and modern technologies. The All-Russian Prize “For Fidelity to Science” is dedicated to just such people – those who are engaged in scientific research and broad coverage of the country’s achievements. In the Year of Science and Technology, the award set a record for the number of applications – 744, while in 2020 there were almost 2.5 times less applications. Very soon we will summarize the results of the Year of Science and Technology at the Congress of Young Scientists in Sirius, which will be held from 8 to 10 December. It will be attended by about 3 thousand young scientists – winners of grant competitions, students, researchers, representatives of government and business. I am sure that together we will be able to realize the scientific and technological potential of the country, ”noted Dmitry Chernyshenko.

Valery Falkov presented a special prize for his contribution to the popularization of science and technology among scientists, journalists, teachers and public figures. The prize was awarded to Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Scientific Director of the Laboratory of Nuclear Research at JINR Yuri Oganesyan.

“In the Year of Science and Technology, the issue of popularizing the field of research and development has become one of the leading ones. The award “For Fidelity to Science” has been successfully working in this direction for several years. It allows you to discover new names of talented journalists and scientists, get acquainted with interesting projects and attract the attention of young people to the industry. Today we talk a lot about the importance of cooperation between science and universities with the real sector of the economy. Therefore, it is important that large technology companies and employers pay attention to the award: Roscosmos and Rusnano have established new nominations for popularizing the space and nuclear industries. Also, for the first time, the best project aimed at protecting the historical truth was awarded, and a special prize was awarded to the name of the outstanding writer and popularizer of science Daniil Granin. Today, the noble work of those who tell us about new technologies, innovative projects, the latest discoveries and make science accessible and understandable is noted at the highest level, ”Valery Falkov said.

The organizer of the award is the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia with the support of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Kurchatov Institute Research Center and the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov. For more than five years in a row, the financial part of the award has been formed by the Art, Science and Sport charitable foundation.

The expert council of the For Faithfulness to Science 2021 award included a record number of participants – 42 people. Among them: well-known scientists, journalists, widely covering scientific topics, representatives of state authorities, private foundations, companies, non-profit organizations, universities and research institutes.

The winners received cash prizes, as well as special awards for the popularization of the space and nuclear industries and the national project “Science and Universities”: a trip to one of the cosmodromes, Vostochny or Baikonur, participation in the expedition to the North Pole on the Icebreaker of Knowledge in August 2022 and promotion of your own popular science project. In addition, the laureates of the award will take part in the Congress of Young Scientists, which will be held on December 8-10 in Sochi, in the Sirius Park of Science and Art.

The Loyalty to Science Prize is awarded annually. Participants can be journalists covering the topic of Russian science, popularizers of science, scientists and business representatives who have made a significant contribution to supporting the prestige of professional scientific activities and the popularization of domestic scientific achievements.

The applications for the award are evaluated by an expert council, which includes scientists, journalists who widely cover scientific topics, representatives of state authorities, private foundations, companies, non-profit organizations, universities, research institutes.

This year the award is presented in 15 nominations: “The best program about science on the radio”, “The best program about science on TV”, “The best periodical about science”, “The best online project about science”, “The best electronic media about science” , “The best scientific and educational project of the year”, “The best project aimed at protecting the historical truth”, “Special prize for contribution to the popularization of science and technology among scientists, journalists, teachers and public figures”, “Special prize for the contribution to the popularization of science and technologies among young scientists “,” Special nomination for the Strategy of Scientific and Technological Development of the Russian Federation “,” Special nomination “The best project for the coverage of the Year of Science and Technology in the Russian Federation” “,” Special Prize named after Daniil Granin “,” Special Prize for popularization of the nuclear industry ”,“ Special Prize for the Popularization of the Space Industry ”,“ Special Prize for the Popularization of the National Project “Science and Universities” ”.

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