Dear friends,
We invite you to the Russia-Italia film festival RIFF. It is going to be at the cinema "Kinomax" from the 12th till the 22th of March. The adress is 73, Rosa Luxemburg street .

You can see 15 different films: historical, documental, comedy and romantic. All of this films are going to be in Italian with Russian subtitles. 
You can find the movie schedule on the website. Also it is possible to by tickets there (or you can do it in the cinema). 

We invite young Russia travel bloggers from Tomsk to participate in the seminar about intercultural communication dialogue.

The participants of the program will observe modern media technologies, media security and media education issues of new media authors, and consolidate the progress during the second day's press trips. They will visit some workshops, excursions and art meetings with Tomsk ethnic groups, and get certificates of participation as well as recommendations for taking part in Russian People’s Youth Assembly’s press trips in 2020.

Any blogger aged between 18 and 30 and interested in this subject is welcomed to participate. The application deadline is January 27.

Registration form:

Time and date:
January 28, 2020 at 16:00 ― registration, training seminar.
January 29, 2020 ― press trip around the multinational Tomsk, and certificates rewarding.

Place: TSU Research Library

Contacts: tel.: +7-903-103-9170, e-mail:

Dear friends!

Winter is a wonderful time for fun.

And everyone has already noticed that this winter is very warm. 
So let's enjoy winter sun and do what's best for our health. 
We invite everyone to feel the real Tomsk winter at the rink. We have a lot to catch up on.

Meeting spot: first floor of dormitory Parus
Date: January 11, 2020
Time: 3 pm
Contacts: Oybek Mamazakirov

Dear friends!


Happy New Year from International Student Services Center and TSU-Online volunteers!

International Student Services Center is closed for winter holidays till January 9 and then we will be working as usual.


We wish you to spend great holidays and pass all the exams successfully!

World Health Organization standard recommendations
World Health Organization standard recommendations to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection · Often treat/wash your hands using alcohol based disinfectant or soap and water. · Cover your nose and mouth with your hand or napkin when sneezing and coughing. Immediately wash your hands or throw away the napkin after using. · Avoid contacting with people who have fever or cough. · If you have fever, cough, shortness of breath, please make an appointment in a medical center and tell them about your recent travels. · When visiting markets in contaminated areas please avoid direct contact with animals and surfaces touched by these animals. · Avoid consuming raw and badly cooked animal food. Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with caution to avoid cross contamination with uncooked products.   If you are travelling to another city or abroad please follow the next rules: · Check the epidemiological situation when planning the trip; · Use medical face masks to protect your respiration organs; · Drink only bottled water, eat only heat-treated food; · Wash your hands before eating and after visiting public places.   DO NOT VISIT: · Markets with animals and seafood; · Cultural events involving animals.   If you feel sick, please address the medical institution immediately.
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The UK company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has published new subject rankings of the best universities in the world in 48 areas. A total of 36 Russian universities were included in the rankings. TSU has risen in Linguistics (group 101-150), Chemistry (351-400), and Materials Science (251-300), and also entered the rankings in English and Literature for the first time (group 251-300) and Biology (501-550). QS rankings are considered one of the most prestigious for educational institutions. In the global QS ranking, Tomsk State University is ranked 268th. The ranking is based on academic reputation, the results of research activities, and the reputation of the university among employers.
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Tomsk and the Netherlands
Syrian hamsters, Dutch scientists, and Siberian opisthorchis - what do they have in common? Daria Kokova, a staff member at Tomsk State University (now the head of the Laboratory of Clinical Metabolomics) found these common grounds in order to ultimately help doctors treat opisthorchiasis - a very common disease among Siberians who often eat river fish.  - I dreamed of becoming a lawyer and could not even imagine that someday I would connect my life with chemistry, - said Daria Kokova. I entered the correspondence department of the TSU Faculty of Law and studied one course there, and then it became clear that jurisprudence was not mine at all, but the desire to stay at Tomsk State University was strong. I decided to rely on fate, and come to the selection committee, I just randomly chose the chemistry department. To say that my choice was a shock is to say nothing. I hated chemistry at school but was no longer going to retreat. Despite my skepticism about chemistry, at pre-entry training, the whole beauty of chemistry as a science was revealed to me already. A huge number of interwoven areas, harmonious theories, and a bewitching feeling that using chemistry you can understand almost everything about the structure of things and nature, responded in me with renewed vigor during my studies at the Faculty of Chemistry. For five years, I was thrown into various areas - from inorganic to physical chemistry, I practically lived in the laboratory. In searching for the area in which I would like to develop, I came to analytical chemistry and biomedicine, which I like and have remained my passion so far, and I hope that this will be for a long time. As part of a joint project, I worked at Leiden University. And when in 2014 the program to support those who independently entered leading universities was launched, I, of course, wanted to take part in it and go to graduate school. The main objective of my dissertation was the study of experimental opisthorchiasis using metabolomics. Metabolomics is a post-genomic science, and metabolomics research combines the achievements of analytical chemistry and the analysis of a large amount of data, thereby opening up a completely different approach to the design of the study and interpretation of the results. Opisthorchiasis was used as a model. Our hypothesis was based on the fact that as a result of its vital activity the fish parasite changes the metabolism of the host, thereby leading to the development of concomitant pathologies. As a result, we have shown that opisthorchis not only changes the function of the liver but also affects the metabolism of amino acids and fats and affects the energy metabolism of its host. My dissertation is a necessary stage in the study of such a complex disease as opisthorchiasis, and obtaining reliable results would be difficult in real conditions. Now we are ready to move on to the next stage of metabolic profiling of opisthorchiasis and are already actively working with the Siberian State Medical University on a clinical metabolic study, which means research with people. What will this give to medicine? Biomedicine is an applied thing, here something rarely comes from a love of science, the prospect of practical application is necessary. So, for example, in the world, the question of drug resistance is becoming ever more acute, and this applies not only to antimicrobial drugs but also to anthelmintics. Our study is important in understanding the parasite-host relationship, which opens up new possibilities in developing new drugs and improving existing ones. In addition, worldwide there is an active search for vaccines for completely different diseases, because as you know it is better to warn than to treat. Perhaps this area will be interesting for opisthorchiasis, and our study may contribute to the development of a vaccine against this hidden threat. Now, upon returning to Tomsk, much remains to be done, but I am glad to be back and glad that fate gave me the Netherlands with its windmills and tulip fields.
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Russia and UK scientists will explore the Vasyugan Swamp
Researchers from Tomsk State University and Newcastle University will study the carbon cycle of the Vasyugan Swamp. The first step towards this will be holding seminars necessary for the scientific groups’ adaptation. The British Science and Innovation Network, which supports the creation of international research projects, allocated a grant to the British side for these events.   - The Vasyugan Swamp attracts the attention of many scientific groups in the world, says Sergey Kirpotin, director of the TSU Center for Excellence Bio-Сlim-Land. - The reason lies not only in its size but also in the fact that this swamp plays a large climate-forming role. Studying it helps to understand the causes of global environmental changes that are occurring on the planet. British colleagues came to us through the publications of members of the SecNet network, created under the auspices of TSU to study Siberia and the Arctic. Specialists from Newcastle were interested in the megaprofile, a research infrastructure created by TSU. We, in turn, are interested in several laboratory studies that the British side is capable of performing.   A grant from the UK Science and Innovation Network won by Newcastle University staff will help researchers build a working relationship. In February, TSU scientists will go to the first joint seminar. They will deliver samples taken in the Vasyugan swamp for laboratory tests. The expedition to the largest swamp in the world took place in December.   - Winter sampling is fraught with certain difficulties, but we managed to get a peat column for research, namely, for the British side to conduct a lignin analysis, says Sergey Kirpotin. - This will help us obtain more accurate data on the presence of woody vegetation in the past, and, ultimately, on the carbon cycle, on which a lot depends on our planet. It was the long-term change in the carbon cycle in the distant past that led to the alternation of ice ages and warm interglacials. To predict further changes on the planet, it is very important to understand the laws of the processes that took place in the past.   The winter expedition was also interesting because it made it possible to assess the working conditions in the cold season. Previously, TSU scientists traveled along the Vasyugan Swamp on a swamp buggy in the summer, but it is almost impossible to cross the entire heavily watered and muddy place on this transport in the summer. The winter is different. Now, under the leadership of Sergey Fedko, the director of the stationary research base Vasyuganskaya, they were getting there on snowmobiles through the frozen swamp. This made it possible to select the locations for subsequent sampling.   The complexity of the route to Vasyugan Swamp is that there are no more than three points of entry from the taiga to the lake and only a few know them. This serves as a kind of protection for a unique object, within which the Vasyugan reserve will soon be created.   Also, in February 2020, scientists from Newcastle University will pay a return visit, during which they will visit two TSU research stations included in the SecNet network and the international project Interact II. During the seminars, researchers will discuss the topic of joint research and decide on the filing of joint applications to scientific foundations that support international projects.
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