Joint Brainstorming by International Researchers
A week-long training methodological workshop 'Economic and Social Changes: values effects across Eurasia' on advanced quantitative methods in comparative studies took place in April. The workshop was jointly organized by the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES), Turkey, and HSE's Laboratory for Comparative Social Rsearch. The workshop included presentations by the members of LCSR and EBES, series of practical workshops, as well as reports of the participants.
The EBES presentation was conducted by Professor Mehmet Bilgin, Vice President of the Society. EBES is an organization that promotes the development of research in the field of economics, finance and business around the world. Moreover, the Society is a publisher of three journals which are relevant for the scientists working in the field of economics, finance and related disciplines. These journals are the Eurasian Economic Review, Eurasian Business Review and EBES Anthology. EBES also organizes regular international conferences, the nearest of which will be held in Istanbul in May 2015. A conference in Russia is scheduled for 2016-2017.
First master class was conducted by Professor Eduard Ponarin, director of the LCSR (HSE - St. Petersburg). The theme of the master class was 'Multilevel modeling in social science'. The lectures on multilevel models have already been preformed at weekly seminars and Summer Schools, which the Laboratory holds every year. Such a long interest in this methodological framework can be explained by its complexity and multiple possibilities for usage. Professor Ponarin not only described the methodological procedures but also shared the latest results of their joint research with Professor Ronald Inglehart, scientific supervisor of LCSR. The prominent authors prepare for publishing the material.
The next master class was guided by Professor Hermann Duelmer (University of Cologne, Germany), external expert of the LCSR`s research network. Professor Duelmer presented material on methodologies of Factorial Design. Theoretical narrative was especially useful for future participants of the LCSR Summer School - 2015 'Introduction to Factorial Design and Data Visualization with R', which will be held from July 25 to August 3, 2015, Moscow.
Roberto Foa (Harvard University, USA), associate researcher of LCSR, held two sessions on the principles of data visualization in the social sciences and practical mapping using geographic information system (GIS).
Boris Sokolov, research fellow of LCSR (HSE - St. Petersburg), finished the workshop with master classes on introduction to Bayesian statistics.
During the five days workshop, participants had an excellent opportunity to consult with the professors. The consultations were held in small groups or individually, which contributed to the development of projects and publications of young LCSR`s researches.
Offsite events of the Laboratory should not be considered as only a meeting with associate members of the scientific network, which unites the researches from different universities and research organizations around the world. Such workshops should be also viewed as the opportunity to freely exchange ideas within the laboratory, since most of the time LCSR`s St Petersburg and Moscow offices communicate remotely. The outdoor meetings allows the laboratory to keep the group spirit and organize productive brain storms. The current workshop was saturated with a lot of fresh ideas and all the participants were actively involved in the discussion of various topics.
On October 2-4, HSE University hosted the international conference Trends in Logic 19. Current Issues in Philosophical Logic for the first time in Russia. The conference, which attracted a number of prominent Russian and international scholars, was organized jointly by the journal Studia Logica and the HSE International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics and Formal Philosophy.
On October 2 and 3, HSE University simultaneously celebrated two anniversaries of Russian-Dutch academic cooperation: the 25th anniversary of joint educational programmes between HSE University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the 10th anniversary of the Dutch educational center, Nuffic Neso Russia, with which HSE has a long-standing partnership.
The Second Russia-China Education Research Conference – Digital Transformation of Education and Artificial Intelligence – was held last week at HSE University. Researchers from the two countries discussed changes taking place in the national education systems thanks to the digital revolution, as well as what can be borrowed from mutual experiences.
The agreement provides for academic and cultural cooperation between the universities, student exchange, and joint research. HSE University and the University of Bergen have been partners in educational initiatives for eight years. The partnership began when the HSE Faculty of Law signed an agreement with the Norwegian university.
Economists and Researchers Gather at International Conference on Wealth and Income in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries
On September 17-18, HSE University hosted a special conference with the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) on the topic of Experiences and Challenges in Measuring Income and Wealth in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries. This was the first IARIW conference to be held in a CIS country. HSE News Service spoke with American economist Barbara Fraumeni about her work with economic accounting and human capital and her experience attending the conference in Moscow.
On September 20, HSE University Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic Pasquale Terracciano signed a cooperation agreement between the Embassy of Italy and HSE University.
On September 23-24, the CCCP19 Symposium ‘Cognition, Computation, Neuroeconomics and Performance’ will be held at HSE University. The goal of the symposium is to exhibit cutting edge research at the CCDM, a leading cognitive neuroscience research centre in Russia, and LNC2, a leading European research centre in neuroeconomics, cognitive neuroscience and neural theory. Ahead of CCCP19, the HSE News Service spoke with the conference organizer and several invited speakers about the plan for this symposium and the importance of their research in the field.
The Second ICEF Conference in Applied Economics will be held at HSE University on September 14. The HSE News service spoke with organizers and participants about the upcoming full-day event, which features eight papers presented by renowned specialists from Russia and across Europe and concludes with an evening dinner.
On July 31, the II International Economics Olympiad (IEO) for high school students came to a close in Saint Petersburg. In the team competition, the Brazilian team won the gold medal, while teams from China won silver and bronze. One of Russian teams placed fifth.