Within the framework of the Congress there were more than 50 thematic sections with a total of more than 1,200 meetings with reports and presentations. In particular, the section "Globalization of Higher Education: Intellectual Colonialism or Academic Freedom?" was initiated and conducted by Svetlana Sharonova, Doctor of Sociology, IFL Deputy Director for Research.
Diverse reports of researchers from Russia, Great Britain, Japan, Taiwan, South Africa and Australia raised questions of the development of national education in the countries of the former colonies and the problem of the internationalization of universities, the phenomenon of an entrepreneurial institution was examined in the context of a systemic crisis and the possibility of continuing education.
The Congress of the International Sociological Association is held every four years. In addition to being epicenter of scientific discussions, the event also becomes a platform for solving organizational issues of the International Sociological Association - electing President of the International Sociological Association, Presidents of the Research Committees and members of the Executive Board of the Research Committees.
As a result of the voting, Svetlana Sharonova was re-elected for the term of 2018-2022 to the position of Vice President of the Research Committee "Sociology of Education" (RC04) from Russia, and Natalia Erokhova became a member of the Executive Board of the Research Committee "Clinical Sociology" (RC46).
Another result of the Congress was an agreement with Marios Vrionidis, the newly elected President of the Research Committee "Sociology of Education" to hold an interim conference "Multicultural Education Environment" at RUDN Institute of Foreign Languages in the summer of 2019.
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.