The final qualifying round for the 2017 Asia-Pacific Forum for Science Talented competition took place at the end of April. The international competition will be held in Taiwan from 29 June to 8 July 2017.
Comprising the best pupils in Russia, the team representing our country at one of the world’s most prestigious competition will unite students from several different cities in Russia where EuroChem, SGK, and SUEK operate. These are:
1. Pavel Khakimov (Leninsk-Kuznetskiy, Kemerovo Region, Gymnasium No. 12, SUEK)
2. Migran Sharoyan (Kemerovo, Municipal Classical Lyceum, SGK)
3. Gleb Goling (Barnaul, Altai Territory, Lyceum № 8, SGK)
4. Danil Amelin (Novomoskovsk, Tula region, School No. 4, EuroChem)
5. Petr Korobeinikov (Kiselevsk, Kemerovo region, secondary school № 28, SUEK)
6. Ilya Shaff (Kiselevsk, Kemerovo region, secondary school № 14, SUEK).
The children were selected from more than 150 applicants.
The Russian team’s trip to the international competition is fully funded by the Andrey Melnichenko Fund.
The Asia-Pacific Forum for Science Talented competition is organised by the Taiwan Ministry of Education. Pupils from across the Asia-Pacific region, as well as from Europe (about 20 countries) take part in the forum. The theme of the 2017 Forum is ‘Imagination and Future Scientists’.
The participants come together in multinational teams of 5-6 pupils to undertake a research project. At the end of the introductory course, which includes both lectures and hands-on sessions by leading specialists, as well as a visit to a Taiwanese IT firm, students are expected to use their own engineering equipment to implement their project. At the same time, with teams barred from having two people from the same country, the students are required to overcome language barriers, demonstrate creative skills and team spirit. The teams will present their final projects to a panel of experts on 5 July. In addition to the scientific program, each national team must prepare and present a cultural composition displaying its national customs and traditions.
The Andrey Melnichenko Fund also provides sponsorships for Siberian children to attend Moscow State University’s ‘Lanat’ Science Camp. As well, the Fund organised the national final of the ‘Scientists of the Future’ contest. The two winners, which hail from Kemerovo and Barnaul, will be going to the US in May to participate in the finals.
Andrey Melnichenko is a Russian entrepreneur and patron of the arts. He is the founder and main shareholder of EuroChem (mineral fertilisers), SGK (energy) and SUEK (coal), which are all leaders in their respective industry.