HSE Science Battles Short-listed for the ‘Silver Archer’ Prize
The winner of the Student Project Contest, the HSE Science Battles, has been short-listed for an award recognizing development in the field of Public Relations, the ‘Silver Archer’ prize. Organizers of the Battles will now fight for the major prize in PR. They’ll be up against the biggest Russian and international communication firms in a show-down that will be open to the public on February 16 at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.
‘Science Battles’ is the brain-child of a group of HSE students and was launched in 2017. They developed the project in collaboration with Moscow’s Polytechnic Museum. Participants had to present their scientific research to a general audience in an accessible and engaging manner.
‘From the very beginning, the creators of Science Battles had the right idea – to implement a large-scale project that was open to the city, without making exceptions for it being a ‘student’ project’, explains Ivan Chernyavsky, PR manager of the Student Development Office at HSE. ‘They knew that they were competing, not against other student events, but against the major cultural centres of Moscow, and that the quality had to be high. And now they will do battle with the biggest companies in PR, fighting for one of the most prestigious awards in the field. ‘Science Battles’ tells us to think big, to dream, and that anything is possible.’
The highly coveted ‘Silver Archer’ award of this nation-wide competition is considered the ‘Oscar’ of Public Relations. The prize was created by the Russian PR Association, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the Russian Journalist Union. It is awarded annually and winners include the creators of the most successful PR projects and campaigns across the country which publicize the biggest and most important events in Russian society. ‘Science Battles’ has been recognised in the section, ‘Technologies of the Future’, for successfully promoting popular science and for involving students and the wider community in science.
The final of the Science Battles took place on 27th November, 2017, when Kirill Chmel was announced the winner. The new season will begin in September, but before this school year is out, you’ll have the opportunity to witness a few more Science Battles with some rather unusual participants. This Spring, jury members will take to the stage and the tables will be turned – as they will be judged, by our very own HSE students.
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