Leading experts of the world discuss current issues of linguistics and the humanities at RUDN University
Foreign participants represented universities ranked among TOP-300 by QS World Rankings: University of Reading (Great Britain, QS 188); University of Granada (Spain), ranked among 100 best world universities in Linguistics subject ranking; Al-Farabi Kazakh National University ranked among 150 best universities in Modern Languages subject ranking; L.Gumilev Eurasian National University (QS 336); Belorussian State University (QS 334).
The Russian scientific community was represented by Lomonosov MSU (QS 95, 18th place in the world in Linguistics and 26th in Modern Languages St. Petersburg State University (QS 240, QS 100 – Linguistics and Modern Languages), MSLU (QS 200 - Modern Languages) and MGIMO (QS 373).
Reports of the key speakers reflected the diversity of the themes and research directions.
Professor Suzanne Graham (University of Reading, Great Britain) talked on how to combine research, teaching foreign languages and meeting the requirements of educational programs. Professor Uldanai Bakhtikireeva (RUDN University) amazed the audience by the beauty of the Russian language. The speakers dwelled on populism in media discourse, psychological aspects of training linguists, language and civilizational aspects of international relations, language landscape of cities and peculiarities of intercultural communication today.
The conference was held in Russian, English, French, Spanish, Greek, Chinese, Japanese and Arabic.
The materials of the conference will be published in English and indexed in RSCI, while some of the affiliated articles have been accepted in Scopus and WoS journals.
The next conference is 16 November, 2018.
A geneticist from RUDN University studied the effect of Bifidobacterium (intestinal bacteria) on the inflammatory process and discovered that their surface protein is capable of stopping excessive or uncontrollable inflammation, like the one observed in COVID-19 patients. A fragment of this protein can be used as an anti-inflammatory medication when treating coronavirus and other diseases.
A mathematician from RUDN University developed a matrix representation of set functions. This approach is vivid and easy to check, and it makes the calculations easier. Among other things, the new development can be applied to cooperative game theory.
A chemist from RUDN University together with colleagues created a new type of two-dimensional nanofilm from an organic material called calixarene. The invention can be used as a protective coating in electronics and as a part of molecular filters. They also suggested a way of increasing the durability of such films with UV radiation.