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Andrey Tolstikov, Senior Vice-Rector of UTMN, presented the results of the research activities of the University in 2020 and the results of the participation of the UTMN in the joint work with the Interregional Scientific and Educational Center of West Siberia ( SEC) to the UTMN Academic Council.
In light of the pandemic, 2020 has been a difficult year, but research activities have not stopped at UTMN. University scientists have joined the study of the coronavirus. The team of mathematical biologists at the X-BIO Institute under the direction of Evgeny Burlakov, associate professor, proposed a mathematical model to calculate the dynamics of virus propagation. The project was developed under the grant of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research “Virus”. The results were used to assess the economic consequences of quarantine. Alexander Zhuravlev, associate professor of the X-BIO Institute, has developed an online resource “COVID-Plot” to visualize the dynamics and forecast the epidemiological situation in different countries of the world. An international group of physicists led by Professor Alexander Fedorets has developed a new software and hardware complex to study the transmission route of airborne viruses on the basis of a new physical phenomenon previously discovered at UTMN – a cluster of droplets (aerosol 2D).
In 2020 several new laboratories were created. Three new laboratories were opened under the Megagrant program of the government of the Tyumen region. TerrArctic was launched under the leadership of Professor Yakov Kuzyakov (University of Göttingen, Germany). Professor Yevgeny Pidko (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands) will lead Digital Catalyst Lab. Chief researcher Denis Tikhonenkov (Papanine Institute of Inland Water Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences) will lead AquaBioSafe. Three laboratories were established on the basis of the results of the grant competition organized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia. An antimicrobial resistance laboratory (principal investigator Alexey Vasilchenko), a laboratory for ecological plant physiology and experimental phytoecology (principal investigator Larisa Ivanova) and a laboratory for sedimentology and evolution of the paleobiosphere (researcher Pavel Smirnov) will be opened. A new laboratory “Ideas. Contexts. Events ”was created under the leadership of Professor Sergei Kondratyev at the Institute of Social and Human Sciences of UTMN.
The West Siberian Interregional Science and Education Center (SEC) supported eight UTMN X-BIO Institute projects dedicated to the biosecurity of humans, animals and plants. The projects cover a wide range of topics: from research into new means of biological protection of plants against pathogens and pests to new software solutions and tools for the use of pesticides and herbicides in agriculture and forestry, production of multiplex diagnostic biochips.
The University’s research budget in 2020 exceeded 705 million rubles. The university has won dozens of new grants from major Russian and international science foundations. UTMN has integrated the World Class Scientific Center “New Digital Technologies” on the theme of the development of digital twins. The results will be used in collaborative projects with the university’s industrial partners.
UTMN has developed its material and technical research base. A new high-resolution tandem mass spectrometer with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography (GC) systems has been commissioned at the Collective Use Center “Rational management of nature and research physical and chemical ”. Four super servers were purchased for bioinformatics tasks, including environmental metagenomics, as well as to solve complex problems related to artificial intelligence technologies. The peak performance in the deep learning scenarios of the new super server is 1300 teraflops.
UTMN created the conditions for the successful work of young researchers and postgraduate students. In 2020, graduate students and researchers from prestigious universities such as the University of Copenhagen, St. Petersburg State University, Tomsk Polytechnic University, the Institute of Cytology and Genetics of the branch Siberian from the Russian Academy of Sciences (Novosibirsk) and other recognized scientific centers came to study and work at UTMN.
In 2020, 266 postgraduate students enrolled at the institute, of which 25 were international graduates. The number of publicly funded places available increases every year. In 2020 there were 49 publicly funded places, in 2021 there are 74, and in 2022 there will be 93.
Among the most important results of scientific research at UTMN in 2020 are:
– Development of a method for measuring the critical concentration of micellar formation of surfactants in aqueous solutions (Laboratory of Photonics and Microfluidics under the supervision of Associate Professor Natalia Ivanova);
– Adaptation of a complex of aeromicrofluidic instruments for the study of microbiological and chemical processes in a single microdroplet (Laboratory of microhydrodynamic technologies; Responsible: Professor Alexander Fedorets);
– Identification of the properties of a metabolite produced by an isolate of Pseudomonas Protegens, including the spectrum of action of the antibiotic (Antimicrobial Resistance Laboratory; Leader: Alexey Vasilchenko);
– Inventory of the taxonomic diversity of shell ticks in the mainland of Southeast Asia (Acarology research group; principal investigator: Sergey Ermilov).
Natalya Matveeva’s Archeology and Ethnography Laboratory discovered a cemetery showing the advancement of Proto-Magyars to the Urals in the 8th century AD ancestors. The research was carried out under a Russian-Hungarian grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research.
According to the US News & World Report, UTMN is one of the top 3 Russian universities in the field of plant and animal sciences. UTMN is in the top 500 of the best universities in this field while taking 23rd place for international collaborations in the same field. Only three Russian universities are included in the subject assessment: Moscow State University, Saint Petersburg State University and UTMN.
In 2020, priority areas of research where climate change, the environment and the quality of life of people in the Arctic, the biological security of humans, animals and plants, as well as the digital transformation of the oil industry and gas, following the scientific and technological development strategy of the Russian Federation and the Interregional Scientific and Educational Center of West Siberia.
UTMN has embarked on a new research and development challenge in 2021. The university will work on the issue of decarbonization and the creation of one of the first carbon polygons in Russia. The university has accumulated a wide range of skills in the field of soil biogeochemistry, soil zoology, physiology of photosynthesis, plant production, hydrology, atmospheric physics, modeling carpet, geoinformatics and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for remote sensing of the Earth. A multifaceted experience in the field makes the UTMN a pioneer in the creation of scientific and methodological bases for the organization of carbon polygons and the training of personnel to provide research on their base.
Ivan Romanchuk, Rector of Tyumen University, summarized the results of the scientific activity of the university in 2020:
“Research and scientific work at the university are experiencing great development. We have undertaken several ambitious new projects that will expand our scientific base and help us grow globally. The progress made will allow the university to enter the Priority-2030 strategic academic leadership program and be a serious competitor.