Magnitogorsk Мaterials Week, Autumn 2019: Summary

November 22nd became the final day of Magnitogorsk Materials Week, Autumn 2019. For five days researchers from Russia, Italy and the UK were presenting lectures on the subject of severe plastic deformation of metallic materials.

This year marked the first time when the workshop saw foreign students among the audience. They included students from Italy and Kazakhstan. This year’s workshop also saw more students and staff from NMSTU who are conversant in English and who took an active part in the discussions. According to both the lecturers and participants, the scale of the workshop is expanding every year and the event is gaining a greater international exposure.

A highlight of the workshop included a new partnership. NMSTU’s Mechanics of Gradient Nanomaterials Laboratory, the Research Centre for Cold Forming of the University of Strathclyde, UK, and the laboratory of the Institute of Metals Physics at the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Yekaterinburg signed a three-party agreement to carry out joint research.

One of the participants, professor Evgeniya Yakushina from the University of Strathclyde, UK, said:  

It is a one-of-a-kind experience for me. Because it is this type of workshops that give me an opportunity to reach students of different ages and show to them how one, being just like them, having acquired the same fundamental knowledge of materials, can apply one’s knowledge on a global scale. I show them that everything is possible, everything is attainable. That the knowledge you gain at this university is worth a great deal, that it is really applicable. That it is not some kind of theory from an old textbook, but real knowledge that can find practical application. I will make sure I come back and pay another visit!

As part of the workshop, the guests visited the site of Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works and did some sightseeing in the city and the surrounding countryside. The next workshop of Magnitogorsk Materials Weekis to take place in the spring of 2020.

The workshop is held as part of the scientific research project funded through the grant of the Government of the Russian Federation under the sub-programme “Institutional Development of the R&D Sector” of the governmental programme “Development of Science and Technology” for the period of 2013-2020 approved by Decree No. 220 dated 9 April 2010 of the Government of the Russian Federation.

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