Ural Federal University: Five Youth Laboratories Established at University with the Priority 2030 Support

Youth research laboratories will be created at Ural Federal University. They will receive 6 million rubles each for development under the Priority 2030 project. The decision was made by the Presidium of the Academic Council of UrFU. Teams of these laboratories will develop improved functional nanomaterials, study historical and cultural heritage, explore organic structures, and create new materials.

As a result, the university will have five new laboratories: Functional Nanomaterials and Nanodevices, Photovoltaic Materials, Digital Technologies in Historical and Cultural Research, Functional Design of Nanoclusters of Polyoxometallates, and Heat-Resistant Corrosive Nickel- and Iron-Based Alloys.

“We try to support our young scientists. For example, under the terms of the competition, at least 75% of laboratory staff must be under the age of 39, and half of them will be first-time employees in scientific positions. At the same time, the laboratories will combine scientists of different profiles. For example, the humanities will include historians, linguists, philologists, sociologists, religious scholars, philosophers, and art historians,” says Victor Koksharov, Rector of the UrFU.

Employees of the Ural Institute of Humanities Laboratory will study the social role, value actualization, and presentation of historical and cultural heritage in the public sphere using digital technologies.

“The results of the research will be the reconstruction of the historical and cultural landscape of Ekaterinburg, the creation of databases on objects of historical and cultural heritage of the cities of the Ural with visualization on an interactive map, an online database of folklore and toponymic collections of the UrFU, a database of unique architectural sites of Soviet modernism in the Ural, electronic corpus of texts and other electronic resources,” explains Aleksandr Palkin, Director of the Faculty of History at UrFU.