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]. is the BelarusianYPT-orientedweb project, operated by YPT activist Gennady Koltun. POISK Centre and 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 is now expected to shed new light on the history of early International Young Physicists’ Tournaments. 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.