St Petersburg Academic University — Nanotechnology Research and Education Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (the Academic University) was founded in 1997 as Research and Education Centre of the Ioffe Institute in order to integrate science and education in the field of physics and information technologies. It was initiated by the director of the Ioffe Institute, vice-president of the RAS Academician Zhores I. Alferov, who has been its head up to the present.
|The opening ceremony at the Research and Education Centre: September 1, 1999|
Integration is a major condition for survival of modern science and education today. The idea of tripartite “composition” of the Academy of Sciences, Academic University and Gymnasium was proposed by Peter the Great as far back as during the Academy’s foundation. Three centuries later it, at last, came true in the Academic University — the institution that unites laboratories, departments of the university and “Physical-Technical School” Lyceum. Training senior school, university and post-graduate students in direct contact with active scientists, who teach them not only at lectures and seminars but also in the laboratories, is in line with advanced world tendencies of training scientific brainpower; it creates necessary prerequisites for Russia to retain its leading position in scientific and technical progress in the 21st century. The system of scientific staff training long ago invented by Abram Ioffe was constantly improved, and after the establishing of the Academic University it became complete.
The Academic University closely cooperates with the Faculty of Physical Science and Technology of the State Polytechnical University, which is a successor of the Physical-Mechanical Faculty created by Abram Ioffe in 1919.
|Group of buildings of the Academic University|
The buildings of the Academic University are fully equipped for giving classes and holding conferences of different scale at the most up-to-date level (local computer network with the Internet access, equipment for presentations). The Academic University also has large room for expositions, a big and a small conference hall, a hall for theatre performances, and a hotel. There is also a sport complex for “active” rest at the disposal of the students and the staff, which in-cludes a swimming-pool, a playground, an indoor tennis court, and a gym.
The Academic University has held more than 100 conferences on the issues related to various branches of science. They include Russian-French workshop on nanotechnologies, St Petersburg international seminar on nanobiotechnologies, international conference “Amorphous and Microcrystalline Semiconductors”, all-Russian conference “Gallium, Indium and Aluminium nitride”, all-Russian youth conference on semiconductor physics, all-Russian workshop “Heterostructure Microwave Electronics”, and others. Since 2005 the Academic University has been one of the organizers of the international symposium “Nanostructures: Physics and Technology”, which rating in Russia and abroad is very high. The symposium is co-chaired by the Laureates of the Nobel Prize in physics Leo Esaki and Zhores Alferov.
It has become traditional for the Academic University to participate in or¬ganizing the Nobel Prize Laureates meetings in St Petersburg. It was among the organizers of the International Symposium “Science and Mankind Progress” in 2003, International Symposium “Science and Society” in 2005, St Petersburg Scientific Forums “Science and Society”: “Nanotechnologies: research and education” in 2008, “Information Technologies” in 2009, “Economics and Technology in the 21st Century” in 2010.
|Research clean rooms||Covered overhead passage connecting buildings|
Since 2008 the Academic University has been conducting regular St Peters¬burg workshop on nanotechnologies. The workshop is headed by Academician Zhores Alferov, its academic secretary is Dr. Vladimir Dubrovskii.