Between 7th and 10th April, the first regional stage of the Federal Student Tournament of Three Sciences – an annual team competition between Russian university students that has been held by Voronezh State University since 2013 – took place in National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute). During the Tournament, the teams compete in solving problems that have been published in advance. Students present their solutions and defend them in a scientific battle. To do the competition tasks participants have to be good at Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
This year, the Tournament has moved to the federal level for the first time. In addition to the Moscow stage, there will be regional qualifying rounds throughout April:
- Between 15th and 17th April in the Urals, at Tumen State University
- Between 26th and 28th April Siberian Federal District teams will compete with each other at Altai State University (Barnaul)
- Between 27th and 29th April in the Volga Federal District, at Ogarev Mordova State University (Saransk).
According to the results of scientific battles, each federal district will choose four best teams to compete in the final of the Tournament of Three Sciences that will take place in Voronezh in September.
One of the distinguishing features of the tournament is the support it receives from its partners – major Russian companies. These companies are interested in attracting young talented people into their industry. They offer internships to the students who acquitted themselves well in the competition, and later they can assist in their employment. Among the partners of the Tournament of Three Sciences are PAO SIBUR Holding, EFKO Group of Companies and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programmes (ROSNANO).
This year, co-organisers and key partners of the Tournament are the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, the Department of Education, Science, and Youth Policy of the Voronezh Region, National Club of Young Researchers, the Voronezh Region Youth Government, and Grazhdanskoye Sobranie Lider.
17 teams representing 17 universities from 10 cities of the Central Federal District came to Moscow to take part in the qualifying stage. Some of the teams showed very good results in the very first scientific battle and managed to take leading positions – for example, teams of Tula State University and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Two Voronezh teams took part in the qualifying stage – “nonSTop” of Burdenko Voronezh State Medical Academy and “Antie” of Voronezh State University. Neither of them was among the four winners but, as hosts of the tournament, the VSU team will compete in the final in September.
In addition to team prizes some participants of the Tournament received personal awards. A member of the “Antie” team Dmitry Tochilov became one of the best Tournament reviewers. As a result of the first regional stage in Moscow students of Tula State University took the fourth place. They were also awarded with a special prize “Will-to-win spirit” and were invited to take part in the final in Voronezh. The “Space Problems” team of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology took the third place. Students of Moscow Technological University were second. The team “White ground-squirrels” from Belgorod State University won the tournament. The winners were awarded with prizes provided by the Tournament sponsors and partners – EFKO Group of Companies and AO Concern Rosenergoatom.