Mikhail Kovalchuk, President of NRC “Kurchatov Institute”: “MegaScience Projects are Attempts to Overcome Humanity’s Resource Crisis”

MegaScience projects are the scientific community’s attempt to respond to global challenges facing humanity. Only with the help of projects of a MegaScience level is it possible to overcome the resource crisis which otherwise will inevitably lead to global catastrophe. Mikhail Kovalchuk, President of the NRC “Kurchatov Institute” and a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, announced this thesis at the opening ceremony of the IV international conference “Crystal physics and the deformation behavior of promising materials”.

NUST MISIS participates together with the NRC “Kurchatov Institute” on four projects of a MegaScience level.

“NUST MISIS has always been a primary base for the Kurchatov Institute. But the last time I came here it was a very long time ago. And today I was just amazed at how the University has changed. I want to congratulate you all for having the privilege to work and study in such a beautiful and promising place”, remarked Mikhail Kovalchuk.

The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the Scientific Council of RAS on condensed matter physics, the international coordinating council for physics of strength and plasticity of materials, the Ioffe Institute, NUST MISIS, and the Federal Scientific Research Centre “Crystallography and Photonics” of the Russian Academy of Sciences have become organizers of such large scientific events.

“In particular, the success of our University is due to its great scientific school. It is not a coincidence that this conference is organized in honor of Semyon Gorelik, one of NUST MISIS’s professors, whose students have created and are now successfully developing several key areas of materials science and actively participating in global scientific projects. The conference participants were able not only to get acquainted with the latest achievements in the field of crystal physics but also to assess prospects of scientific development in the world spaces of science and education”, said Alevtina Chernikova, Rector of NUST MISIS.