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Russian Foundation for Education Support

Foundation for Education Support is a non-profitfoundation created to support educational programs that promote the cooperation and communication of Russian gymnaziums, lyceums and secondary schools with leading national universities. Its current major program is the support and development of Gymnasium Union of Russia, an open network or Russian gymnaziums, lyceums and secondary schools. The Gymnasium Union was introduced by Andrei Fursenko, the Russian Education Minister, on November 6, 2007, at a major conference in education held at Saint Petersburg State University. The Foundation has signed the Memorandum of Understanfing and Cooperation with the Russian Education Minister Andrei Fursenko and proceed its projects as a part of the Russian National Priority Projects. Work and goals of the Foundation have been repeatedly praised by Russian President-elect Dmitry Medvedev.

Igra Uma

Igra Uma is a weekly science-oriented TV show aired nationwide on Petersburg-Channel 5 since 2004. Igra Uma relies on discussion of challenging topics, rather than on simply giving answers to questions, and encourages participants to develop scientific scepticism and skills in reasoning and holding discussion. With its keen attention to physics and natural sciences, Igra Uma greatly contributes to the promotion of physics in Russian society, not only among physics enthusiasts. «The assistance of the POISK Centre is extremely helpful for us and is diversifying the program, making it far more interesting for the Russian teenagers», Igra Uma’s editor-in-chiefEkaterina Alexandrova noted in her 2007 open letter. POISK Centre provides Igra Uma with questions and demonstrations in physics since 2005. Ivan Yamschikov, a POISK Centre representative, hosts the entire Igra Uma since 2006.

Related news releases: [February 8, 2008], [February 5, 2007], [October 23, 2005].

Centre for Scientific Languages

CSL, still better known as the Centre du Français Scientifique, was created in 1998 to give students in physics and mathematics a rapid «shortcut» to the «language of science». Primarily devoted to scientific French, the CSL expands its activities to the technical translation and to other languages. The CSL has active contacts with the Union of Translators of Russia, the Philological Faculty of the Saint Petersburg State University and befiended language departments at many foreign universities. CSL and POISK Centre have joint peer reviewed publications in foreign language acquisition and collaboratively hold language meetings and workshops focused on content-based language instrucation.«I highly rate the approach used by POISK Centre […] to help students learning „foreign languages of science“, aimed at a clear understanding during the international competitions, conferences and exchanges», head of the Centre for Scientific Languages Dr. Dmitry Lisachenko noted in his open 2007 letter.

Related news releases: [February 9, 2008].


Mozg.by is the BelarusianYPT-orientedweb project, operated by YPT activist Gennady Koltun. POISK Centre and Mozg.by share genuinely common views on developing web services that promote and support scientific competitions, research-oriented events and acquisition of Languages for Special Purposes. A joint project between POISK Centre and Mozg.by is now expected to shed new light on the history of early International Young Physicists’ Tournaments.


Fizik.spb.ru is the Russian web service that provides access to the archive of lecture notes, classroom guides, preprints, tutorials and audiovisual materials prepared by the professors of the Department of Physics, Saint Petersburg State University and the undergraduate students. The project was launched in 2002 and has been maintained by a group of volunteers.


Organization and members


  • Dr. Robert Kolalis
  • Jury Chair and Honorary head of the Centre
  • Researcher in nuclear physics and spectroscopy at Saint Petersburg State University, juror of the Russian Physics Olympiad
  • Dr. Elena Lebedeva
  • President of the Centre
  • Researcher in solid state physics at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Email: еlenallebedeva@yandex.ru
  • Dr. Alexander Kurdyumov
  • Head of the Saint Petersburg Organizing Committee of the Russian Physics Olympiad
  • Researcher in solid state electronics at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Ilya Martchenko
  • Postgraduate student in condensed matter physics at Saint Petersburg State University, researcher and activist at the Centre for Scientific Languages, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Email: ilyamartch@mail.ru
  • Dr. Boris Borisov
  • Researcher in solid state physics at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Email: bf6borisov@rbcmail.ru
  • Dr. Evgeny Denisov
  • Researcher in solid state electronics at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Dr. Alexey Pirozersky
  • Researcher in solid state physics and mathematical physics at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Dr. Roman Panin
  • Researcher in nuclear physics at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Dr. Sergey Vlasenko
  • Researcher in atmosphere physics at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Ivan Yamschikov
  • Undergraduate student in mathematical physics at Saint Petersburg State University, presenter at the nationwide science-oriented TV show Igra Uma, Petersburg-Channel 5 
  • Email: kroniker@mail.ru
  • Pavel Ulyanov
  • Postgraduate student in solid state electronics at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Email: pavel@fizik.spb.ru
  • Dmitry Marchenko
  • Postgraduate student in solid state electronics at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Email: marchenko.dmitry@gmail.com
  • Andrey Uskov
  • Undergraduate student at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Email: yskov@yandex.ru
  • Dmitry Zhelezov
  • Undergraduate student in mathematical physics at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Email: krakun@rambler.ru
  • Mikhail Karnevsky
  • Postgraduate student in quantum field theory at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Email: karnevsky@yandex.ru
  • Arseny Lunyov
  • Undergraduate student in nuclear physics at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Email: lunars@mail.ru



Regular activities

  • Regular scientific seminars at the Department of Physics (Saint Petersburg State University) which encourage both school and university students to discuss their research projects with the academic community. Any of these students receives immediate qualified support from university professors. As for2004—2007, these seminars usually take place at least once a week, in Peterhof and on Vasilyevsky Ostrov (Saint Petersburg)
  • regular international English-language scientific conferences and preparatory seminars with teams from Europe (Poland, Belarus, etc.);
  • local YPT in Saint Petersburg which initially invited students from European Russia, but currently involves participants from all of Russia. More than 10 teams take part in these tournaments annually;
  • experience in hosting several Russian National selective YPTs;
  • encouraging students in language learning (’English for Special Purposes’ programs, tight collaboration with specialized language centres in Russia and abroad, published researches in methodology of scientific language learning).
  • promotion of physics and natural sciences through media (regular questions and demonstrations on physics for the weekly ’Igra Uma’ TV show, aired nationwide in Russia on Petersburg-Channel 5 and in radio version on Radio Petersburg);
  • annual Science Festival (expo of physical gadgets and experimental demonstrations);
  • annual Physics Summer Camp (resort facilities + intensive physics learning + preparation for IYPT and other international conferences and contests);
  • continuing to work with former YPT-participantswhen they become university students (participation in the Ukrainian tournament for university students, organization of a special scientific contest for university students, organization of regular seminars and international conferences)

Young Physicists' Tournament

Young Physicists' Tournament

The Young Physicists Tournament (YPT) was created as an alternative to traditional Olympiads in physics. While problems of IPhO have a certain answer (known in advance to the organizers) and should be solved in a reasonably short time, the IYPT tasks have no certain known solution and even the methods of approaching these problems are not evident.

In fact, secondary school students face scientific problems that require fully independent analysis, experimental investigation, theoretical and computational validation of obtained results.

The participants learn presenting and defending their ideas and participating in scientific discussions, called «Physics Fights».

In general, a «Physics Fight» is an analogy to a seminar or a scientific conference.

The Tournament is a tremendous opportunity for students to expand knowledge in physics, to gain experience of public speech, to learn more about the presentation techniques, but also to make acquaintances with other young people deeply interested in physics. The Tournament can help the students to effectively use their intellectual and communicational skills, which is crucially important for their future researches and diploma defense.

The interest in the Tournament remains for a long time. The «IYPT-veterans» are usually among leading students at their universities. Many international examples show that the former YPT participants are often involved in training new teams, actively help these teams in preparation and play important role in the ongoing development of YPT in their countries.

The International Young Physicists Tournament has a long history. The first Russian Tournament, Turnir Yunykh Fizikov, was held in 1979 in the Soviet Union by Evgeny Yunosov, who played a central role in the founding of this new competition. The сompetition received positive feedback from both secondary school students and scientific community and soon become known beyond Soviet boundaries. In 1988, Yunosov organized the first International Young Physicists Tournament attracting teams from Czechoslovakia, Poland and Soviet Union. Today, the IYPT is a prestigious annual intellectual competition that involves students from more than 20 countries.

By late 1990s and early 2000s, the leaders at IYPT were Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Belarus that enjoyed very active support from universities in the preparation of their National teams. These successful teams were trained in a good atmosphere of scientific and educational university-based associations and centres.

Recently, a cooperation of leading universities and secondary schools in Russia has led to such an organization in Russia, the POISK Centre.

«We felt a strong need in using completely new ways of training and supervising Russian teams at IYPT. By 2004, there was an urgent need in a university-based educative and research centre that would help to select and prepare a competitive team. We have to admit that the performances of certain Russian teams at recent IYPTs were incompatible with the scientific potential of our country and the role that Russia used to play in developing YPT as a new institution and a new type of competition. The POISK Centre […] hopes to implement many plans in providing professional, transparent, well-organized system of training Russian teams», said in 2004 Dr. Elena Lebedeva, the POISK Centre president.

Since 2004, the POISK Centre is remaining the university-based organization in Russia that is selecting, supervising and training the major National teams that represent the country at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament.

The team selected by POISK Centre has been a participant of IYPTs in 2004 (Brisbane, Australia), 2005 (Winterthur, Switzerland) and 2006 (Bratislava, Slovakia) with significant success, winning bronze medals twice. In May 2007, the POISK’s Russian team fought in the Finals, made a best report and won silver at the Austrian Young Physicists’ Tournament held in Leoben, Austria.


Aims and Methods

Aims and Methods

Traditional exams at secondary schools and universities cannot fulfill the need to find talented students that are deeply interested in science. Founded in 1940s, theoretical Olympiads are still remaining an effective method to find students who may use all of their background knowledge to solve an intriguing complicated problem. However, they are sometimes viewed as requiring very specific skills, e.g. involving only individual competitors (which is not typical in today’s science).

But the distinctive feature of exams and Olympiads is that every question and every problem has a certain predetermined answer. As a result, every participant may provide a solution that is either correct either incorrect (from the organizers’ point of view).

On the contrary, a usual scientist faces problems that never had any solution before. Many physicists, including Pyotr Kapitsa and Richard Feynman, have put emphasis on the questions: if their best students could handle a problem that does not have a unique known answer? Could these students be responsible for the validity of their proposals and treat them with a degree of scientific skepticism? Was it worth offering an open research problem to a talented student?

The POISK Centre believes that the positive answers to these questions became evident in recent decades. The Centre supports this very technique to encourage students to learn physics and uses this very principle to select the most able of them.

The problems are known in a long time before the competition itself. The participants have to investigate certain phenomena as deeply as possible, to propose theoretical models and to perform experiments on their own. During the preparation phase, students may use any literature and advice. This type of activity enables students to interact and collaborate directly with university researchers and professors. The results of their work are presented in a report and are quite often published.

Such competitions, of course, require serious motivated preparation work. The jurors grade not only the independence of research and the validity of the results but also the ability to clearly present and defend these results in discussion with opponent.

Despite the fact that the competitions of this type are still competitions, POISK Centre believes that their primary aim is not to determine and announce the winner, but to teach and motivate as many talented participants as possible, not only a select few.

Any scientific activity is impossible without excellent skills in English. That is why the POISK Centre pays most attention to language programs and collaboration with scientific language centres. Many seminars, conferences and competitions hosted by the Centre are held in English.

The Centre aims to form creative minds and to encourage students to have deep academic knowledge in physics, mathematics and applied sciences, to be able to use and apply this knowledge, to have motivation to active participation in scientific conferences and seminars, and to develop both teamwork skills and experience of defending their achievements.

POISK Centre believes that a successful scientific activity expands international collaboration and removes artificial barriers between people from different countries that have the same interests and the same goals.

However, these principles go far beyond students’ researches. Even the authors of the questions, jurors and team leaders are unlikely to know all about physical problems underlying the tasks. They also have a great chance to learn themselves when they help students. That is why the research-oriented competitions enjoy a growing interest from curious minds all over the world. «Docendo discimus», stated a Latin saying, «When we teach, we learn ourselves».


  • Timeline


    The POISK Centre is an educational and research organization founded in 2004 at Saint Petersburg State University (Russia).

    The POISK Centre collects unexpected and innovative ideas in physics teaching, provides practical assistance in preparation to prestigious physics competitions and looks for new ways to reveal talented youth interested in science.

    The Centre’s primary aim is to encourage secondary school students and university students to do independent scientific research. It supports educational programs that motivate youth to be involved in «what a real scientist does» as early as possible.

    The activities of the Centre include tight collaboration with leading universities and secondary schools in Russia and abroad, joint seminars and workshops, regular international scientific conferences, language programs, but also the promotion of research competitions, such as the Young Physicists’ Tournament.

    POISK means ’search’ in Russian, but it is also a Russian abbreviation for the Support Centre for Olympiads and Intellectual Competitions.


    [April 23, 2008] Dr. Evgeny Yunosov, the founder of YPT and IYPT, names the author of the IYPT logo and makes brief remarks on the competition.
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    [April 17, 2008] Russian Foundation for Education Support and POISK Centre introduce the open nationwide Gymnasium Union’s Russian Young Physicists’ Tournament. Draft Statute of the competition in the original Russian version and in English translation is available for download.

    [April 12, 2008] The Russian team wins silver at the 10th AYPT (April 10—12, 2008) after a year-long preparation and selection at POISK Centre (Russia).
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    [March 31, 2008] A set of advices for YPT beginners, published by Evgeny Yunosov, Tatyana Korneeva and Igor Yaminsky in August 1987 together with the problems for the 1st IYPT, is now translated into English. «These advices look absolutely fresh andup-to-date», an earlier opinion indicates.

    [March 30, 2008] Konstantin Yufryakov was a participant at the 3rd IYPT (1990) and at several national YPTs, including the selective Soviet rounds at the 2nd IYPT (1989). His memories shed significant light on the participation of international teams, on organization and on the results of YPT-related events in 1989—1990.
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    [March 22, 2008] Dr. Evgeny Yunosov and many physics enthusiasts who were tightly connected to early Soviet and International Young Physicists’ Tournaments but stepped away from their activities, celebrate the 30th year of YPT in Russia. POISK Centre, which enjoys the largest base of popular support, discusses many aspects of early YPTs and IYPTs with YPT enthusiasts, takes interviews, establishes new contacts and acquaintances, attracts new members and shares opinions on the future development. One half (4 of 8) teams in the premium league of the selective Vserossiysky Turnir Yunykh Fizikov have earlier joined the POISK Centre’s educational programs. The preparation to further conferences and competitions continues.
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    [March 15, 2008] The four Russian teams that were selected during the long preparatory phase in 2007—2008 and at least eight POISK Centre members are heading to Moscow in order to discuss the new year’s fascinating YPT problems, to share their optimism in the promotion of IYPT ideas in Russia, to initiate discussions on various pressing issues, to attract to the YPT new enthusiasts from larger and smaller Russian cities and to celebrate the 30th year since Evgeny Yunosov launched the YPT concept. POISK Centre’s discussion meetings, TV sketches and demonstrations on Channel 5, training seminars, laboratory sessions, language workshops, mutual peer review and ongoingWeb-based correspondence with participants were held on a permanent basis throughout the year and enjoyed a wide popular support.

    [March 14, 2008] Dr. Dmitry Lisachenko and Ilya Martchenko talked on their new research results at the 37th International Philological Conference (March11—15, 2008, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia) and the 3rd International Scientific and Practical Conference ‘Foreign Language Instruction of Adults in the System of Graduate and Postgraduate Education: Building a Foreign Language Communicative Competence’ (March13—14, 2008, Minsk State Linguistic University, Belarus).

    A video of the Dmitry Lisachenko’s talk ’Quantum Mechanics as a Foreign Language’ (in Russian) presented on March 11, 2008, a video of the Ilya Martchenko’s talk on the benefits of using Wikipedia in content-based language learning, presented on March 13, 2008, and a video of the talk by Dr. Alla Sotnikova (Philological Faculty, Saint Petersburg State University), a Section Chair, on her experience in developing Web-based research and educational resources that share a lot of common points with the POISK Centre’s concepts, are available for download. Details and external links are coming soon.

    [March 6, 2008] The 4th open scientific conference ’Bases of Experiment and Physical Process Modeling’ is scheduled to take place on June 23—27, 2008. The conference will include three sections, for experimental physics, for computer modeling of physical processes, and for pedagogical aspects of physics education. Registration deadline is on May 29, 2008. The information letter may be found here (in Russian).

    [February 11, 2008] After intense international voting and discussions, the Organizing Committee of the 7th Ukrainian Open Physicists’ Tournament for University Students releases the problems for 2008. POISK Centre cordially welcomes everyone interested to join the preparation. The event is scheduled to take place in Autumn 2008 at the Kyiv National University. The draft version in Ukrainian language may be found here and the official English version is coming soon.

    [February 9, 2008] POISK Centre and the Centre for Scientific Languages hosted an open English-language meeting aimed at preparation to forthcoming national and international Young Physicists’ Tournaments. The focus was on acquisition and enhancing proficiency in Scientific English, but also on developing skills in scientific reasoning and discussion. The event included a training Physics Fight among advanced teams. CSL and POISK Centre confirm their plans for active long term partnership.
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    [February 8, 2008] Igra Uma, a Channel 5 nationwide science-oriented TV show, and POISK Centre confirm their expectations for long term partnership. A new enhanced sequence of physics questions and demonstrations has recently been filmed. Ivan Yamschikov, a POISK Centre representative, hosts the entire Igra Uma since 2006.
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    [January 10, 2008] Yury Yufryakov, a Soviet team captain and a selected reporter at the 1st International Young Physicists’ Tournament (1988), unveils the organization, schedule and results of the event.
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    [January 6, 2008] POISK Centre greets nine teams from various Russian regions at the Local Young Physicists’ Tournament held in Akademicheskaya Gimnaziya on January 4—6, 2008.
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    [December 26, 2007] The official web-site of the 21st International Young Physicists’ Tournament has been launched. The competition is scheduled to take place on May21—28, 2008 in Trogir, Croatia.

    The challenging problems for YPTs of 2008 and the 21st IYPT, firstly released on July 17, 2007, can be still found here.

    [December 22, 2007] The Winter Physics School was held by POISK Centre at the Physico-Mathematical Lyceum 30 (7 Liniya, Vasilyevsky Ostrov, 52). POISK Centre’s keynote talks have focused on tips and advices in preparation to forthcoming national and international competitions, and general ideas on current YPT problems. A training Physics Fight involved advanced teams of Physico-Mathematical Lyceum 239, Physico-Mathematical Lyceum 30, Akademicheskaya Gimnaziya. After intense and very motivated discussions, the Lyceum 239 held the top spot in the Physics Fight. Later, jurors espescially warmly discussed and graded reports of ongoing research projects presented by individual participants.

    [November 30, 2007] Eugene Zelenko (Jaŭhen Zialonka), Belarusian participant of the selective Soviet rounds at the 2nd International Young Physicists’ Tournament (1989), shares his memories, impressions and photographs of the event.

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    [November 16, 2007] Talks at the annual POISK Centre’s General Physics section of the ’Physics and Progress’ young scientists’ conference took place on November 14 and on November 16, 2007.

    [November 14, 2007] POISK Centre has shared the honor of joining the research-oriented 6th Physicists’ Tournament for university students, held on November 9—14, 2007 at the Kyiv National University (Ukraine). The competition has attracted 24 teams and was organized at a prominent level. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Departments of Physics and Radiophysics of the Kyiv National University and the Kharkiv National University were among the strongest teams. After 5 days of reports and discussions in physics, the team of Saint Petersburg State University has ended as one of the two gold winners of the Tournament.
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    [October 28, 2007] The 1st Russian Wikiconference has been held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on October 27—28, 2007. The key topics included the current state of science entries in Wikipedia, their reliability and usability, and the role that the scientific community might play in the Wikipedia development. Ilya Martchenko was among the speakers.
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    [October 27, 2007] A preparatory meeting focused on the preparation to the Young Physicists’ Tournaments of 2008, including the keynotes and a training Physics Fight, took place on October 27, 2007 in the Physico-Mathematical Lyceum 239 (Kirochnaya ulitsa, 8-a, Chernyshevskaya metro station, Saint Petersburg).
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    [October 21, 2007] The 9th Fedorovskiye Chteniya, a conference in translation, was held at the Faculty of Philology, Saint Petersburg State University on October19—21, 2007. The organizers of the conference have espescially praised the developing fruitful cooperation between the physics and philology communities. One of the sections at the conference was devoted to teaching translation and interpretation in the sphere of professional communication, namely the technology and science.

    [July 12, 2007] Teams from 21 countries gather at the 20th International Young Physicists’ Tournament (July5—12, 2007, Seoul, South Korea). POISK Centre shares the optimism and the fascination of physics with the participants, organizers, jurors and activists of the competition.

    [June 29, 2007] The POISK Centre has hosted the 3rd open scientific conference ’Bases of Experiment and Physical Process Modeling’ (June 25—29, 2007) which involved high-school students and teachers from North-Western Russia. The conference, with more than 30 participants, had two sections, for experimental physics and for computer modeling of physical processes.
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    [June 17, 2007] Many secondary school students and the POISK Centre’s YPT team have stayed at the Physics Summer Camp at Baza Universitetskaya (near Vyborg, Russia) on June 11—17, 2007. They had a good chance to study physics, improve their language and communication skills and prepare to participation in future international competitions.
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    [June 5, 2007] The POISK Centre president Dr. Elena Lebedeva has reported POISK Centre activities at a scientific conference in physics teaching at Herzen University (Saint Petersburg) and discussed many aspects of early Young Physicists’ Tournaments with Tatyana Korneeva who was YPT organizer, problem author and activist in 1980s and is the spouse of Evgeny Yunosov, the YPT founder. Dr. Sergey Pivovarov (Akademicheskaya Gimnaziya) was theco-author of the report.

    [June 1, 2007] POISK Centre has held the finals of the ’Scientific Inquiry’ Olympiad (June 1, 2007) and announced Andrey Uskov is the 2007 winner. Andrey Uskov is an undergraduate student at Saint Petersburg State University.

    [May 5, 2007] The Russian team makes best report and wins silver at the AYPT (May 3—5, 2007) after a year-long preparation at the POISK Centre (Russia).
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    [May 1, 2007] The active preparatory phase to the 9th AYPT is over and the Russian team is leaving for Austria to represent the country and compete with the best teams from Europe and Middle East. Intensive training meetings, work in laboratory and preparatory seminars were held at least for 3 times a week throughout recent months.

    [March 24, 2007] After an excellent year-long preparation, both POISK Centre’s teams are among winners at the Vserossiysky Turnir Yunykh Fizikov, the selective Russian YPT held on March 19—24, 2007. The teams continue preparation to further international competitions.
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    [March 16, 2007] Ilya Martchenko has taken part in the 36th International Philological Conference (March 12—17, 2007) with a report in applied linguistics that covered language programs at POISK Centre.
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    [March 9, 2007] One of the last scientific seminars before the Vserossiysky Turnir Yunykh Fizikov (the selective Russian tournament) was held by POISK Centre. Dr. Boris Borisov, Dr. Elena Lebedeva, Dr. Robert Kolalis, Dmitry Zhelezov, Andrey Uskov and Ilya Martchenko were among jurors who helped to make final improvements in the prominent research projects presented by Alexander Kanivets, Alexey Schekochikhin, Yury Zemlyansky, Andrey Selivanov, Vadim Vorobyov, Lev Spodyneyko, Dmitry Veresov, Polina Kakin, Karina Gabbasova and Andrey Seryakov. The intensive preparatory meetings, scientific seminars and laboratory trainings were held at least for 2 times a week, since December 2006.

    [February 16, 2007] The international Young Scientists’ Conference has been held at POISK Centre, involving participants from Warsaw University (Poland) and Saint Petersburg State University (Russia).
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    [February 15, 2007] The POISK Centre has hosted the Russian-Polish Physics School for secondary school students (February 13—15, 2007), involving many participants from Russia and from Stanisław Staszic lyceum (Poland), gold winner at IYPTs in 2002 and 2004. English was the official language.
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    [February 5, 2007] Many new questions and fascinating physical demonstrations for the ’Igra Uma’ TV show, broadcasted nationwide on Petersburg-Channel 5, have been filmed at POISK Centre.
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    [January 8, 2007] POISK Centre welcomes many Russian teams in Akademicheskaya Gimnaziya at the Local Young Physicists’ Tournament held in Peterhof on January 5—8, 2007.
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    [December 16, 2006] Individual participants and teams from North-Western and Central Russia gathered at the training Winter Physics Conference hosted by POISK Centre.
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    [October 26, 2006] The POISK Centre has hosted an annual General Physics section at the ’Physics and Progress’ young scientists’ conference at Saint Petersburg State University (October 24—26, 2006).
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    [July 12, 2006] The Russian National team selected by POISK Centre wins bronze at the 19th International Young Physicists’ Tournament held in Bratislava, Slovakia (July5—12, 2006).
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    [June 30, 2006] The POISK Centre has hosted the 2nd open scientific conference ’Bases of Experiment and Physical Process Modeling’ (June29—30, 2007), inviting secondary school students and teachers from North-Western Russia. The proceedings book is already published.

    [June 28, 2006] Annual POISK Centre’s Physics Summer Camp was organized at Baza Universitetskaya (June 21—28, 2006) providing resort facilities and intensive physics training for Russian National IYPT team and many other secondary school students.
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    [June 17, 2006] Weekly training seminars for the Russian IYPT team were held at POISK Centre throughout past months helping to ensure the excellent level of research projects, fundamental background knowledge in relevant physics and best communication skills in English language. The team selected by POISK Centre will represent the country at the 19th International Young Physicists’ Tournament scheduled totake place on July5—12 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

    [May 26, 2006] Ivan Yamschikov and Ilya Martchenko share the victory at the finals of the ’Scientific Inquiry’ Olympiad hosted by POISK Centre on May 26,2006 after their prominent presentations of research projectsin aerodynamics and condensed matter physics.

    [March 27, 2006] An electrostatic wheel that works with 20 000 V power supply or fascinating demonstrations with liquid nitrogen were among the key attractions at the annual Science Festival. Many curious physics phenomena were shown by Dr. Robert Kolalis, Artyom Rusanov, Ilya Martchenko and Pavel Ulyanov at the event hosted by POISK Centre on the day of the local Physics Olympiad

    [March 14, 2006] Ilya Martchenko is co-author of a research in applied linguistics presented at the 35th International Philological Conference (Saint Petersburg State University, March 13—18, 2006).
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    [March 18, 2006] After the long work, the team selected by POISK Centre wins gold at the Vserossiysky Turnir Yunykh Fizikov, the Russian selective Tournament held in Moscow on March 13—18, 2006, and continues preparation to the IYPT.
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    [March 10, 2006] The teamselected by POISK Centre, receives thelast advices from the professors and students at Saint Petersburg State University, before leaving for the selective Vserossiysky Turnir Yunykh Fizikov tournament where the team will dotheir best to confirm their right to represent Russia at IYPT.

    [February 17, 2006] Ilya Martchenko and Ivan Yamschikov make fascinating presentations on hydrodynamics and aerodynamics at the POISK Centre training conference on February 17, 2006.

    [January 8, 2006] Mikhail Lemarenko, an «IYPT-veteran»since 1997, a team leader in 2003, and a current postgraduate at École Polytechnique (France), joins the Local YPT at Akademicheskaya Gimnaziya (January 5—8, 2006) as a juror.
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    [December 23, 2005] A new series of questions and experimental demonstrations in physics were filmed at POISK Centre for a science-oriented ’Igra Uma’ TV show. Petersburg-Channel 5 will air talks by Dr. Robert Kolalis and Ilya Martchenko and the consequent fruitful discussions throughout next months.

    [December 15, 2005] The POISK Centre analyzes recent Russian performances at 18th IYPT (2005) and compares their views on the future of YPT with the aims and strategies of Belarus,silver winner of 18th IYPT.
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    [November 11, 2005] Secondary school students from North-Western Russia met at the trainingAutumnPhysics Conference hostedby POISK Centre on November 11, 2005.
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    [November 3, 2005] The annual POISK Centre’s section on General Physics has been held at the ’Physics and Progress’ young scientists’ conferenceat Saint Petersburg State University (November 1—3, 2005).
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    [October 23, 2005] New questions and demonstrations in physics were prepared by POISK Centre and are now regularly aired on Petersburg-Channel 5 in ’Igra Uma’, a weekly intellectual TV show for secondary school students.
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    [October 18, 2005] A new videoconference allowed school students from Chelyabinsk (Eastern Russia) and Saint Petersburg to discuss the new year’s YPT problems.
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    [October 14, 2005] Preparation to the Young Physicists’ Tournamentsof 2006 has began intensively after preparatory conferences hosted by POISK Centre on September 23, 2005; September 24, 2005; October1, 2005; October 7, 2005 October 14, 2005 and October 15, 2005. Danila Savenkov, Alexander Poretsky, Darya Buslova, Yury Prokhorov and Andrey Uskov were among students who reported their new research projects and are now actively involved in preparation.

    [July 21, 2005] The POISK Centre’s team has successfully represented Russia and received an Honorable Mention at the 18th International Young Physicists’ Tournament held in Winterthur, Switzerland (July14—21, 2005).
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    [July 6, 2005] A Physics Summer Camp was held at Baza Universitetskaya (near Vyborg, Russia) engaging the POISK Centre’s Russian IYPT’2005 team in a week (June 30-July 6, 2005) of intense studying, but also providing excellent resort facilities.
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    [June 29, 2005] The POISK Centre has hosted the 1st open scientific conference ’Bases of Experiment and Physical Process Modeling’ (June27—29, 2005), attracting secondary school students and teachers from North-Western Russia. The proceedings book is already published.

    [May 24, 2005] Ilya Martchenko wins at the finals of the ’Scientific Inquiry’ Olympiad, held on May 24, 2005 at POISK Centre.
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    [March 19, 2005] The team selected and supervised by POISK Centre wins gold at the selective Vserossiysky Turnir Yunykh Fizikov (Young Physicists’ Tournament) held on March14—19, 2005, in Moscow and continues preparation to the IYPT.
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    [March 1, 2005] An English-language scientific seminar was hosted by POISK Centre. The discussed topics included the acoustical aspects of the Leidenfrost effect (by Ilya Martchenko), the quantitative description for Magnus effect (by Ivan Yamshikov) and the hydraulic jump theory (by Dmitry Zhelezov).
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    [January 8, 2005] The annual Local YPT was held in Akademicheskaya Gimnaziya (Peterhof, Russia) on January5—8, 2005 and engaged physics enthusiasts from many Russian cities into the discussions on challenging research problems. The POISK Centre focused on the intense preparation for the further National and International Tournaments.

    [December 21, 2004] The POISK Centre launches ’Scientific Inquiry’, a research competition for university students, and offers open problems that do not have a certain known answer.
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    [July 1, 2004] The Russian team wins bronze medals and ties forthe 4th place overall, showing an outstanding result at the 17th International Young Physicists’ Tournament held in Brisbane, Australia (June 24-July 1, 2004).
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    [March 27, 2004] Recently founded POISK Centre clarifies its goals and strategies as Saint Petersburg State University hosts the selective Vserossiysky Turnir Yunykh Fizikov (Young Physicists’ Tournament) in Akademicheskaya Gimnaziya on March 22—27, 2004.

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