XIII Annual Research Conference
On December 3, the XIII Annual Research Conference was launched at Russian-Armenian University.
During the five working days, postgraduate students, research and academic staff will present 335 research reports in various research areas. The Conference embraces two main sessions: natural science and technology (mathematics, computer science, engineering science, physics, chemistry and biology) and social sciences and humanities (philosophy, political science, history, oriental studies, economics, law, linguistics and philology, PR and communications and psychology).
The opening ceremony started with a minute of silence in tribute to the memory of renowned mathematician Head of RAU Institute of Mathematics and Informatics late Professor Garnik Karapetyan.
Among the Conference guests were President of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences Professor Radik Martirosyan, Chairman of the Armenian State Committee of Science Professor Samvel Harutyunyan, representatives from various universities from Armenia and Artsakh.
RAU Vice-Rector for Science, Professor Pargev Avetisyan, greeted the Conference guests and participants and in his welcoming speech gave a brief account of the university's achievements in research, highlighted the excellent work of Ph.D. and Master’s students that continuously win various competitions and receive state awards.
“This year we have doubled the number of publications featured in Scopus and Web of Science. We believe that our strong emphasis on science and research singles out RAU in the Armenian higher education sector”, highlighted Prof. Avetisyan.
RAU Rector Prof. Armen Darbinyan opened the plenary session with his research report “Armenia and Armenians: Transforming Cognition and Interaction Patterns”. In his report, Prof. Armen Darbinyan highlighted the patterns in the Armenian cognition that that draw back Armenia’s development, such as denial of the Soviet legacy, one-sided negative attitude towards emigration and assimilation in other places, concentration on the Christian philosophy, etc. “To build a great state, we need to transform the way we are thinking. We need to shift from seeking independence to seeking freedom and to be open-minded”, he said.
The second plenary report was delivered by Professor Levon Yepiskoposyan, lecturer of RAU Department of Bioengineering, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology, who elaborated on “Genome Reconstruction of Ethnogenesis and Paleoecology”.
The papers presented at the XIII Annual Research Conference will be published in the conference proceedings.
Photo credits: M.G. Sarkisov.