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Russian education minister and MSU rector open a national festival of science

February 10, 2014, 22:26 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The festival will take place nationwide in many cities in over 70 Russian regions

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MOSCOW, February 10,  /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Minister of Science and Education Dmitry Livanov and Rector of the Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichiy on Monday opened the fourth all-Russian science festival at the journalistic department of the Moscow State University on Mokhovaya Street.

“The festival’s aim is to popularize modern scientific knowledge and open the doors into a world of modern science to youth and students; give a chance to every young man to touch the world of knowledge, visit laboratories and talk to outstanding scientists and Nobel Prize laureates,“ Dmitry Livanov said in his speech at the opening ceremony. The minister thanked the Moscow State University and its rector for the initiative to institute the festival as a nationwide event.

For his part, Rector Viktor Sadovnichiy described the festival as “a high-day of science on Russia’s wide open spaces.” He suggested expanding the festival to the territory of the Commonwealth of Independent Space (CIS) next year.

Sadovnichiy read an educational overview lecture on the history of development of world science.

The festival will take place nationwide in many cities in over 70 Russian regions, assembling over two million people. Nobel Prize winners from various countries will deliver speeches at 5,000 events on the festival’s sidelines.

Russian Science and Education Minister Dmitry Livanov and Moscow State University Rector Dmitry Sadovnichiy are the co-chairmen of the organizing committee for the festival which was first held at the Moscow State University in 2006.

The event gained the status of a Moscow festival in 2007 and became a national festival in 2011.

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