The conference “Young Scientists of Russia – 2013” was held in Moscow
Approximately 90 winners of the 2012 young physicist competition—students, graduate students, scientists with only an undergraduate degree, and Candidates and Doctors of Science—participated.
Participants in the conference listened to the following lectures:
A poster session was held later that evening.
The lectures were delivered by
An ironic conference devoted to relevant questions of modern science in everyday life was then held. It included humorous reports from the research groups.
Because “end of the world” questions are actively discussed in the media and are worrisome to Russian society, the organizers proposed to young physicists to consider the main themes in the form of a small humorous conference.
The participants were divided into six teams. Seven topics attracting attention of the media and film industry were offered to the participants.
- Large meteorite falling
- Super volcano eruption
- The sun turning into a nova or unleashing a super gigantic solar flare in the direction of the Earth
- Decompactification of hidden dimensions and vacuum disruption
- Turning off the universal computer by the Creator
- Physicists, not being paid their salary, cancel the basic laws of physics
- Darth Vader using the death star
The teams were required to demonstrate the scientific invalidity of the considered events and humorously portray the chosen “best end of the world.”
All the teams chose their own topics:
- Do not think of instances condescendingly
- Multiple universes
- Weapons of mass destruction based on liquid vacuum
- The Earth multiplying by division
- Laws of the Universe changing
- End of the world recipe
The young scientists showed a sense of humor, resourcefulness, and skills in using methods of modern physics. Their reports were accompanied by presentations and skits created in one evening.
All the participants and authors of the most interesting questions (from the point of view of the jury that consisted of Doctors of Science) were awarded fun prizes.
The conference demonstrated that talented physicists can solve the pressing problems of existence with humor and common sense.
The two-day conference “Young scientists of Russia” closed with diploma awards and a banquet.
We thank all the participants! Good luck!