Contemporary Science Film Festival to be Held at SUSU

The Science Film Days will be held at SUSU November 26th through November 30th as part of the Contemporary Science Film Festival (CSFF) supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The goal of this event is to popularise research activity among students.

CSFF has become a tradition at South Ural State University. CSFF is a new format of festival dedicated to contemporary science films which presents the most interesting full-length documentaries about science from around the world from the last five years. CSFF overstepped the traditional boundaries of a film festival which is tied to one city and one season, and has become a project which unites those who care for and are inspired by science in tens of cities across Russia. Over the course of a few months, hundreds of universities all around the country will show documentary films on science to university and school students free of charge. This project was created to introduce contemporary science films to as many people as possible, get young people interested in science, and possibly inspire young people to carry out their own research. Our university is one of the festival’s venues.

“This event is organised at our university by the 360-Degree Multimedia Newsroom of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication within the ISSH Faculty of Journalism,” says Dean of the Faculty of Journalism, Doctor of Sciences (Philology), Liudmila Shesterkina. “In the last two years, more than 2000 students majoring in various fields attended this festival. Among them were future engineers, physicists, economists, lawyers, journalists, and so on. For students, this is an “augmentation” of their intelligence, a chance to learn the latest and most interesting news in science, get answers to difficult questions, and of course, be inspired and begin their own research.”

This year, the SUSU Council of Young Scientists joined in on organising the festival. At the end of the showings, members of the Council will hold discussions with students on the films and the related scientific topics.

Alisa Maltseva, Candidate of Sciences (Psychology), Associate Professor of the Department of Developmental Psychology and Age Related Counselling, member of the Council of Young Scientists: “We happily decided to take part in organising and holding the CSFF. This is a wonderful chance to speak with students about difficult topics in science in the simple language of films. But the most important thing is that at the end of the showings, the students will meet with representatives of various fields of science and dive in to an interdisciplinary discussion.”

On November 26, 27, and 30, SUSU students will watch with three films about inventions that have changed life around the world, about the possibilities of artificial intelligence, and about how to independently recreate the greatest inventions of mankind. The showings will be held in the SUSU Cinema Room (Aud. 140/3a).

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