20 September 2017On September 14-15, 2017, the International Advisory Council had its second meeting of the Council. The meeting was organised in the FABRIKA science park. The international advisory body provides advice to the IKBFU in the advancement of its strategic objectives and priority development areas. Members of the Council represent different countries and different fields of science: Boris Chetverushkin, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Institute for Mathematical Modelling of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia); Henry F. Fischbach, Professor of Chemistry and HHMI, Professor Brandeis University (USA); Juergen Kurths, Professor of Nonlinear Dynamics at Humboldt University Berlin and 6th Century Chair of Dynamic Systems Biology, Kings College, University of Aberdeen (UK), Chair of the Research Domain Transdisciplinary Concepts and Methods at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany); Hanz Kuzmany, Professor of the Faculty of Physics, Electronic Properties of Materials, the University of Vienne (Austria); Jean-Michel Mignot, Director of Research, Laboratory Leon Brillouin, CEA-CNRS (France); Andrei Petukhov, Associate Professor, Utrecht University, part-time associate professor, laboratory of physical chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology (Holland); Thomas Spitzley, former president of the “Society for analytical philosophy”, Vice-Rector for Development and Resources, Duisburg-Essen (Germany); Vladimir Zelman, Professor and Co-Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Keck School of Medicine (USA), Foreign Member of Russian Academy of Sciences.
During the meeting, members of the IKBFU International Advisory Council discussed a number of issues related to the strategic development of the University as such and as its separate priority areas. Leaders of several IKBFU research groups - Sergei Kasparov (neuroscience), Larisa Litvinova (immunology, cellular biotechnology), Nina Dmitrieva (philosophy), Anatoly Snigirev (X-ray optics), Michael Farle (new magnetic materials for energy applications and biomedicine) informed members of the Council about concrete research results achieved in a fairly short period of the 5-100 programme implementation.
Andrey Klemeshev, rector of the IKBFU:
The University has identified several priority development areas. By 2020, the University aspires to have become one of the top 100 universities in philosophy. We have all the necessary prerequisites in place. Philosophy has always been important to us, since the University is located in the city where the great Immanuel Kant wrote his philosophic treatises. Kaliningrad continues to attract philosophers. Today, we are building on Kant's ideas; we are developing applied philosophy, a branch of science offering solutions to problems which are both ethical and legal in nature, the problems that modern science faces today.
Boris Chetverushkin, a member of the IKBFU International Advisory Council:
I totally support the University's strategic plans to focus on the themes of philosophy and regional development. They are extremely important. These two areas unite researchers working in seemingly different fields: mathematicians analysing big data, ecologists, demographers, sociologists, experts in international cooperation, political science, transport logistics, etc. Such interdisciplinarity can definitely produce impressive results for the benefit of the region.
Vladimir Zelman, a member of the IKBFU International Advisory Council:
"I have spent almost a week in Kaliningrad and I have a feeling that I understand the University much better. I met students and faculty at the Medical Institute and the Institute of Living Systems. The University strives to develop research building on Kant’s heritage. I really like the idea of setting up a centre for bioethics, focusing on the ethics of genome engineering, stem cells, aging, and many other fields. These fields are fairly new and have not been thoroughly investigated anywhere. I see it as a good opportunity for the University to become visible on the research map of the world."