22.04.2014 - 25.04.2014 | St. Petersburg

More than 120 Experts took part in the International Scientific Conference STRANN-2014

The 4th International Scientific Conference STRANN-2014, devoted to the topic "State-of-the-Art Trends of Scientific Research of Artificial and Natural Nano-Objects" was held on April 22–25, 2014 in St. Petersburg. Oral and poster presentations were attended by more than 120 students, post-graduates and researchers from leading universities and research institutions in Europe, Asia, the USA, Russia and the CIS. This year, the conference was held within the framework of the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014.

St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, and OPTEC (a company representing Carl Zeiss Group in Russia and the CIS) were the organisers of STRANN-2014. In 2014, the STRANN conference was included in a series of events and initiatives to promote Russia-EU cooperation in science, higher education and innovation.

STRANN 2014 impression | © OPTEC LLC
STRANN 2014 impression | © OPTEC LLC

On April 22, one day before the conference itself, a gala reception was held for participants and for awarding OPTEC's grants to young scientists from leading universities and scientific research centers. Maxim Igelnik (CEO, OPTEC) and Olga Seredkina (St. Petersburg Branch Manager, OPTEC) awarded diplomas to young scientists from St. Petersburg. This year, 14 projects from St. Petersburg received support. In total, 26 young scientists are involved in these projects, they represent St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Institute of Cytology RAS, St. Petersburg State University of Economics, Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, St. Petersburg Academic University, St. Petersburg State Chemical-Pharmaceutical Academy, First St. Petersburg State Medical University, and the Federal Almazov Heart, Blood and Endocrinology Centre.

STRANN 2014 impression | © OPTEC LLC
STRANN 2014 impression | © OPTEC LLC

The first day of the conference (April 23) was devoted to modern trends in fundamental and applied research of nano-objects. Oleg Vyvenko, Professor at St. Petersburg State University, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, gave the opening speech on behalf of the organizers. He recalled that several years ago one of the first centers for collective use of modern analytical equipment of the Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) for Nanotechnology was established at the Department of Physics of St. Petersburg State University. The goal of the project was to provide scientists with advanced research infrastructure. Thanks to OPTEC and Carl Zeiss, the center received equipment which had no analogs anywhere in Russia. Students, post-graduates and researchers of the University became able to carry out world-class research. The cooperation continued, and one of the results was the STRANN conference. This year, the conference took place in St. Petersburg for the fourth time and attracted new partners and participants from around the world. In 2014, St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics was one of the conference organizers. The university also has a long history of successful partnership with Carl Zeiss. In 2013, St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Carl Zeiss and OPTEC signed a tripartite cooperation agreement.

The first session of the conference was opened by an invited report of Harald Rose, Professor at Darmstadt University of Technology. It was a review of the development of microscopy from micrometer to sub-angstrom resolution.

The second day of the conference (April 24) was devoted to modern developments and trends in microscopy, analytical studies and nanoengineering. The session was opened by an invited report of Jihae Chang, Professor at the National Center for Science and Nanotechnology (Beijing, China). He related a success story of his research group pertaining to monitoring of the atomic structure of molecules using atomic force microscopy.

STRANN 2014 impression | © OPTEC LLC
STRANN 2014 impression | © OPTEC LLC

The agenda of STRANN-2014 included a number of invited reports. In total, the participants listened to 20 invited reports of scientists from Russia, Germany, France, the Netherlands, the UK, the USA, China, and Israel.

April 25 was the final day of the conference, which included a visit to the Interdisciplinary Resource Center for Nanotechnology of the Scientific Research Institute for Physics of the Department of Physics of St. Petersburg State University. Participants were acquainted with Russia's only helium-ion microscope, ZEISS ORION. As always, research results obtained in the IRC, including with the help of technologies of helium-ion microscopy, were presented at the STRANN-2014 conference during oral and poster presentations.

STRANN-2014 was attended by young scientists from Russia and the CIS countries, who received OPTEC's grants in 2012/2013. Within the framework of the grant, scientists whose projects had received the highest scores were entitled to compensation for travel expenses and conference participation.

STRANN-2014 is traditionally held in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg State University and St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics are among the organisers.

OPTEC, the exclusive representative of Carl Zeiss and other leading brands in analytical equipment and microscopy in Russia and the CIS, developer and provider of solutions for science, education and innovation, as well as industrial and healthcare solutions, acts as a co-organiser of the conference.

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