Public lectures

November 30 (Thursday)

17:00 – 18:00

Venue: Research Library, National Research Tomsk State University, Small Hall (Lenina Prospect, 34а)

PUBLIC LECTURE «FUTURE-ORIENTED EDUCATION AND RESEARCH AS TRANSDISCIPLINARY FIELD FOR REGIONAL AND CITY DEVELOPMENT»
Our world is global, complex, connected and changing rapidly. In order to cope in these circumstances the need of having information on ongoing developments, rising possibilities and threats and surprises that has more importance than before. Even if we cannot day anything quite certain of the future it is possible to map possible alternative futures, construct desirable future images and to some extent act so that the desirable future becomes true or just more probable.

Cities and regions are the places of human activities. Urbanization is a global megatrend that emphasizes the role of cities and regions around them. Challenges they face are transdisciplinary by nature and cannot be solved by one-sighted approach. Therefore transdisciplinary research and education with future orientation is needed. We need diverse data, information and knowledge, we have to train people who are able to work in teams and networks, who have skills and competences to deal with uncertainties and constant change. This can be done by creating truly transdisciplinary R&D projects and processes, by changing our education and training paradigm towards more problem orientated learning with focus on development on skills without forgetting the importance of deep expertise and specialization.

Lector: Juha Kaskinen, Ph.D., Director, Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Finland
December 1 (Friday)

19:00 — 20:00

Co-working Center “Boiling Point” in Tomsk (Leninа Prospect, 26)

PUBLIC LECTURE «MATHEMATICS AS THE LANGUAGE OF NOWADAYS SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING»
Mathematics should be viewed as a very special language designed and developed to deal with real worlds problems. In particular, this is the point of view adopted in the S(cience) T(echnology) E(ngineering) M(athematics) concept. In the last decade, the new paradigm requires to approach the Mathematical essence of other sciences in a complex form and across the platforms, and the people talk about the STEM Education. I will display some of the approaches and ideas and I shall bring them also into relation to the perception of mathematical concepts from the point of view of Psychology
Lector: Jan Slovak, Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Masarykov University (Brno, Czech Republic)

36 Lenin Ave., Tomsk, Russia 634050