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.
RUDN soil scientists have revealed a direct correlation between the rate of soil formation of carbon dioxide, called CO2 emissions, and the content of microbial biomass in it. It is known that CO2 emission from soil is mainly conditioned by respiration of soil microorganisms and plant roots. The more CO2 soil emits, the more microbial biomass it usually contains. It was shown that CO2 emission by chernozem of different ecosystems (or different types of land use) correlates with the content of microbial biomass, and most closely with the rate of its microbial respiration. And the soil with good microbial properties has the “best quality”, is more fertile, provides the highest yield of crops and other plant biomass.
A RUDN chemist has synthesized a catalyst for the production of gamma-valerolactone — an energy-intensive “green” biofuel. The catalyst based on zirconium dioxide and zeolite has shown high efficiency in converting the waste of wood plant materials — methyl levulinate — to gamma-valerolactone.
Biochemists from RUDN University determined which substances in peach leaves provide the antioxidant effect their extract has. They investigated the composition of the powders obtained from leaves of several varieties of peach and found that high polyphenol content correlates with antioxidant properties. The results will help start production of antioxidants from natural sources.