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HSE University Announces Results of Mirror Labs 2022 Competition

HSE University Announces Results of Mirror Labs 2022 Competition

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The Mirror Labs research project competition is aimed at HSE University departments that are planning to conduct joint studies with other Russian universities and research centres. The competition is now in its third year. A total of 19 academic organisations from 14 regions of Russia submitted applications as partners of HSE University, including 9 organisations participating for the first time.

The competition received 24 applications from 17 HSE University research departments:

 12 applications from HSE University-Moscow

 9 applications from HSE University-St Petersburg

 2 applications from HSE University-Perm

 1 application from HSE University-Nizhny Novgorod

The most active participants in the competition were research teams from:

 Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University (NovSU)

 Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University

 Southern Federal University (SFU)

One significant difference from previous years is that the 2022 competition is oriented around fields relevant to the HSE University Development Programme for the Period until 2030. Eight research projects were named the winners.

HSE University-St Petersburg had the strongest showing among the university’s campuses; out of the nine applications from HSE University-St Petersburg research departments submitted to the competition, five will receive support. A further two applications from HSE University-Moscow’s research departments will be supported, as well as one from HSE University-Perm.

The winning projects are:

1. The Creation and Study of A3B5 Semiconductor Heterostructures with Quantum Dots for Nanophotonics, Single-photon Emitters, and Micro- and Nanolasers. (HSE University-St Petersburg International Laboratory of Quantum Optoelectronics and the SFU Laboratory of Epitaxial Technologies.

2. Perceived Quality of Communication in Real and Computer-mediated Meetings and its Objective Measurement in the Case of Oxytocin and Facial Expression Markers. (HSE University-St Petersburg Laboratory for Social and Cognitive Informatics and Krasnoyarsk State Medical University).

3. Sociopsychological Factors of the Adaptation and Integration of Migrant Children (HSE University-St Petersburg Laboratory of Sociology in Education and Science and the Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University Laboratory of Sociopsychological Studies)

4. Supply and Demand of Youth Skills: Between Education and the Labour Market (HSE University-Moscow Laboratory for Labour Market Studies and the SFU Centre for Research in Instrumental, Mathematical, and Intellectual Tools in Economics).

5. Spatial Analysis as a Key Tool in Managing Regional Rural Development: Principles, Methods, and Practical Recommendations (HSE University-Moscow Institute for Agrarian Studies and the Stavropol State Agrarian University Laboratory for Monitoring the Sustainable Socioeconomic Development of Agricultural Territories).

6. Current Aspects of Human Rights Research in the Context of Bioethics (HSE University-Perm Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Empirical Studies and the University of Tyumen Centre for Innovative Design and Applied Studies)

7. Practices in Urban Development in the Russian Political Space in the Late-15th to Early-17th Centuries: The Person and the Small Town (HSE University-St Petersburg Centre for Historical Research and the NovSU Centre of Archaeological Studies).

8. The Development of Arctic Tourism and Creative Industries as Drivers of the Transformation of Arctic Cities and Territories Using the Example of the Murmansk Region (HSE University-St Petersburg Laboratory for Management in Culture and Tourism and the Murmansk Arctic State University Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Quality of Life in Arctic Cities).

Marina Litvintseva

‘We are happy that the competition once again expanded the scope of cooperation of HSE University’s research groups. Among the winning submissions are four joint projects with regional organisations that have not taken part in the competition before. Now, HSE University will be implementing 30 research projects in partnership with 24 regional universities,’ noted Marina Litvintseva, Director for International Research at HSE University. ‘I would like to highlight the strong effort made by our university’s St Petersburg campus in the Mirror Labs project—they had the most submissions, which has already become the norm. And the members of the competition committee took notice: out of the nine projects submitted by the campus, five went on to become winners.’

Andrey Kozhanov

‘One of the useful functions of the Mirror Labs project is taking undergraduates, doctoral students, and early-career researchers who have developed in the local research teams of HSE University and other universities and research centres and engaging them in joint research work with like-minded colleagues,’ explained Andrey Kozhanov, Director of the HSE University Centre for Student Academic Development. ‘For many of them, this is an opportunity to encounter different academic cultures and other cognitive and technical norms in research. This is very useful for academic development, socialisation, and building a trajectory for one’s future research career. This includes the university’s existing programmes and tools, such as the Russian Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme.’

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