05.21.2020 Reshetnev Siberian State University of Science and Technology hosted the XIV International Scientific and Practical Conference "Modern Trends in the Teaching of Foreign Languages ​​in a Non-Language University".

The title of the conference is relevant, as it reflects the reality of the current situation not only in Russia, but also in the world. The international committee of the conference included experts from Russia, New Zealand, China, Lebanon and the UK.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the conference was successfully held and was implemented on-line. Colleagues from different parts of the world addressed with a welcoming video message to the conference participants: Ashley Whitfield (Great Britain), Salva Saad (Lebanon), Pedro Martin Ramirez Rivera (Italy).

The conference was attended not only by educators of the foreign language department for business students and foreign language department for technical students of the Reshetnev Siberian State University of Science & Technology, but also participants from other Russian universities.

The conference was devoted to a discussion of theoretical and practical problems, promising trends in teaching foreign languages at a technical university, aimed at improving the teaching of foreign languages to students and graduate students of non-linguistic specialties in the face of external challenges dictated by COVID-19.

Pedro Ramrez

Pedro Martin Ramirez Rivera (Italy)

”...This crisis-opportunity provoked by COVID-19 has radically changed the way we learn, teach, and engage with our students and colleagues. Like in many sectors, we see the disruption in universities as an opportunity to re-examine several aspects, in which is the purpose and intended impact of internationalization on teaching and learning”.

This year, special attention was paid to the problems of the internationalization of higher education, cross-cultural communication.


Salva Saad (Lebanon), an expert in international negotiations

“...We all work in intercultural settings, meaning that at any time we could be speaking or writing to someone who was born in another country i.e. in a different culture. In this context, we are not talking about improving the grammar and vocabulary skills only but also focusing on an often overlooked aspect of international communication, cultural competency. Some people sometimes forget that good communication is not a simple correct translation of words; it is the integration of language and culture that makes communication efficient “.

For the first time at the conference, the issue of inclusive education of people with disabilities in the context of the analysis of pedagogical technologies for teaching foreign languages was raised.

Following the results of the conference, the publication of the collection is planned. Works will be posted in the e-library system. Video greetings from conference participants and a collection of papers will be posted on the conference website https://moderntrends.sibsau.ru/.


In May 20, 2020, Reshetnev Siberian State University of Science and Technology hosted the XIX international scientific conference "Youth. Society. Modern Science, Technology and Innovation" for bachelors, masters, postgraduates and young scientists. The published electronic collection of conference materials will be indexed by the Russian index of citation and located in E-library. The 2 departments, Technical foreign language and Business foreign language, organized the conference.

This year's conference was attended by 115 participants from Russia, Austria, China and India. Despite the impossibility of personal participation in the sessions of the sections, the participants presented video reports, from which the winners of the conference were selected. There were 28 video reports for 4 workshops. The winners of each section were awarded with diplomas.

The International scientific conference "Youth. Society. Modern Science, Technology and Innovation" is held annually to integrate higher education and basic science, attract bachelors, specialists, masters, and postgraduates to discuss and solve current problems, assist in the creation of international research teams of young researchers and the development of their cooperation. The reports presented at the conference contain the results of their own research of a theoretical and experimental nature.

We would be glad to greet you at our conference next year!


Marina Savelyeva,

Head of Department of Foreign Languages for Engineering Students

"… This year the conference gives young researchers the floor for the 19-th time. Our conference is 19, it means that the event has become as mature as many of you, however, it is still young and it is developing. Every year we, as the conference organizers, could feel that your research and presentations contain new ideas reflecting the spirit of science. Fortunately, we could state the participants demonstrate their improving skills and really profound research, therefore, the conference meets its mission and tasks.

We consider our every year conference to be a useful tradition; paraphrasing Jonah Goldberg a bit, we could say “the traditions grow cultures and generations”. We wish you follow right traditions and become successful researchers! "


Natalia Shumakova,

Head of Department of Foreign languages for Business Students

"…This year we conduct our annual international conference in challenging conditions caused by external reasons as humanity experiences an important period now. It’s substantial to emphasize the importance of maintaining a high level of scientific international cooperation in the conditions of isolation. A current situation addresses the problem of integrating faculty and students into the global educational and research environment. Universities globally are challenged both to keep a high level of education and continue cross-cultural scientific communication.

We are pleased to present the results of your scientific research in this edited volume of works. We truly believe that your participation in the conference is a successful investment in a bank of your soft skills and professional qualifications necessary for your future market competitiveness. "

(Official conference site: https://flcys.sibsau.ru/)

The coronavirus pandemic has affected both the global economy and the new challenges that have emerged in the fields of education, science and international cooperation. However, the crisis can also be considered as a condition encouraging the search for and implementation of the new opportunities. Realizing the importance of developing international cooperation, Reshetnev University and our long-standing partner, the University of Maribor (Maribor, Slovenia), organized a joint distance professional development course for students and teachers. Thus, students and staff of the University had an opportunity to listen to a distance course of lectures "Management and Control in Logistics, Transport, and Supply Chain Management: Models, Methods, and Applications" of Dejan Dragan, a Professor of the Department of Quantitative Modeling in Logistics of the Faculty of Logistics of University of Maribor within a month.


Dejan Dragan,  Professor of the Department of Quantitative Modeling in Logistics of the Faculty of Logistics of University of Maribor

 After listening to lectures, completing individual tasks and passing the exam, participants will receive new modern knowledge and skills, and at the same time a certificate of professional development upon completion of the courses. Furthermore, parties agreed in doing a joint research work on "Self-Adapted Meta-heuristics for automated generation of machine learning tools for modeling of complex dependencies and forecasting: Applications in the real and public sector considering the COVID-19 pandemic shocks".


Eugene S. Semenkin, Professor of the Department of System Analysis and Operations Research, a scientific supervisor of the Siberian Institute of Applied System Analysis named after A.N. Antamoshkin

"...Our universities have been cooperating for more than ten years, and this cooperation keeps growing. It has become a tradition for professors of the University of Maribor to visit us giving the lectures to students and conducting professional development courses for teachers. During the last 5 years we have been cooperating most closely in the field of cyber-physical systems and the Internet of things. Beside the academic activities, 3 joint research projects have already been completed and two more are currently being implemented with the support of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and grants of the President of the Russian Federation. The visit of Slovenian colleagues is not yet possible at the present but we are using new options. The expanded research and academic activities to such an interesting area as the management of global logistics systems opens up the new opportunities for the development of cooperation between our universities. Our Slovenian colleagues are experts in mathematical modeling of such systems, including their optimization. They are interested in applying modern powerful optimization and intelligent (Machine Learning) technologies in this area. However, this usually requires experts in the relevant fields, which significantly hinders research. For our part, we develop and apply self-adjusting technologies of such a kind that greatly facilitates their use by scientists without the appropriate expert knowledge since algorithms automatically adapt to the task being solved without human participation. This results in a synergistic effect. The cooperation between the universities continues and develops ".


Forest is a key factor in maintaining a favorable environment for people's lives, social and economic development of the state. In Russia, forests occupy half of the country's territory, and this is a quarter of the world's forest cover.


It is believed that one of the main causes of forest death is forest fires. Only in this country, from ten to thirty thousand of them are registered annually. According to reports of the Federal Aviation Safety Agency “Avialesohrana”, as of May 6 this year, 43 forest fires were operating on the territory of the Russian Federation on an area of 44,181 hectare, more than the whole of Krasnoyarsk!

Fires cause tremendous damage - vegetation, animals, people die. It is impossible to overestimate the environmental consequences: a huge amount of polluting particles, gases, organic compounds and other substances harmful to the environment enters the atmosphere. The level of air pollution increases, smoke spreads over hundreds of kilometers, which is bad for people's health. In 2019, when a wave of fires passed around the world, the American actor Leonardo DiCaprio commented on this problem on his Instagram: “The Arctic Circle suffers from a huge number of forest fires. The foci in Greenland, Siberia and Alaska are smoking, and this can be seen from space. The World Meteorological Organization stated that these fires released as much carbon dioxide (CO2) in a month as all of Sweden in a year.” (https://www.instagram.com/p/B0jPoPzFNr0/?utm_source=ig_embed).

It is practically impossible to put out the fire, which covers hundreds of hectares of forest. You can only stop it, limit it, keep the fire on, and try to eliminate the causes of its occurrence.

But there is another side to forest fires. The fact is that all the ecosystems of our planet have evolved in the presence of fire. Each community of plants and trees, each species individually for millennia developed their own adaptation mechanisms and adapted to the fire. For example, Siberian pine has a thick bark, a deep root system, a trunk highly purified from branches, so that the flame does not spread into the crown.

Another example is reforestation. Birch and aspen, which quickly die from fire, and seemingly not at all adapted to fires, will be the first to occupy the liberated territory. It seems that the tree died, but a root shoot develops from a stump of birch, a root has come off from an aspen, it has opened, has gone outside, therefore the shoot germinates quickly! The ability to form offspring from sleeping buds on the roots, rapid rooting, has the initial “settlement” of the burned-out forest with these species. And the seeds of these rocks are spread over long distances, thereby contributing to the large-scale settlement of the "liberated" territories.

Why do forests need fires? On the one hand, forests die during fires, and on the other, fires can be considered as an important natural factor in the formation and renewal of plant communities. Fires prevent the spread of harmful organisms - insects, fungi; they cleanse the forest from clutter, etc. It is interesting that almost all larch and pine virgin forests of the taiga zone were formed on forest burns

Fire suitability of the forest system can be characterized through the “fire regime of the territory” and assessed by two parameters - the inter-fire interval and the inherent burning rate. For example, pine stands are relatively easy to tolerate grassroots runaway fires. So, with a quick spring fire, last year's dry grass is burned, the fire does not go deep into the moist layer of the dry litter. The combustion rate is usually low, the stand is slightly damaged. Subsequently, young shoots appear, the yield of mushrooms and berries increases. Such fires occur in pine trees on average once every 25-45 years. If in such a forest there has been no fire for more than fifty years, the forest begins to hurt, its clutter leads to more severe mounted fires, when the fire spreads to the crowns of trees.


Of course, not every fire becomes a blessing to the forest. Many conditions must coincide: climate, type of ecosystem, topography, intensity and duration of burning, desired inter-fire interval. Otherwise, the fire leads to disastrous consequences. “Fire needs to be taken very seriously and responsibly. Now they can do harm even in cases that were previously considered safe. Plantations are lost, the burning interval of which is within the framework of the historically established fire regime and low intensity. The reason is climate warming and therefore drier soils. In addition, we continue the pioneer development of forests, exploring forests further north. Therefore, it is important to develop a system for monitoring forest fires and early response, to study the influence of various factors on the fire regime, to improve fire fighting and fire prevention technologies, ”said Sergey V. Verkhovets, Director of the Institute of Forest Technologies of Reshetnev University *. “That is why at our university we are actively developing such a field of science as forest pyrology, i.e. science of forest fires. We actively interact with Russian and foreign colleagues. Now the system of regional forest fire centers and Aviation Forest protection divisions is intensively developing, for which we train qualified personnel.”


Sergey V. Verkhovets, Director of the Institute of Forest Technologies of Reshetnev University *


* Reshetnev Siberian State University of Science  and Technology