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The University received unique materials about Kliment Timiryazev award in Cambridge

In the year of the outstanding researcher's anniversary the University has received the exclusive documents from Cambridge University about the ceremony of awarding Kliment Timiryazev with the title of Honorary Doctor.

Recently an answer was received from the Cambridge University Committee on Honours Degrees, stating that previously the degrees had been awarded only on request, and Kliment Timiryazev had not done so. But in the pages of the University's annual official publication "The Reporter" for 1909 the entire awarding ceremony was described in detail.

From the documents we learned that the awards ceremony was held in the Senate House, Cambridge University, on Thursday 24 June 1909. Since the celebration was timed to coincide with the 100th birthday anniversary of the great naturalist, Charles Darwin, a graduate of the University, on the eve of June 23, the Chancellor of the University gave a reception in honour of the guests, which was attended by best representatives of the scientific world and 481 invitees.

The University administration, the staff of the Memorial Museum - flat of K.A. Timiryazev and the museum complex of RSAU - MTAA sincerely thanked the Cambridge University Committee for the materials provided.


Timiryazev academy participated in the educational exhibition for applicants from Iran

At the invitation of Rossotrudnichestvo and on behalf of the Rector Vladimir Trukhachev, specialists of the Timiryazev Academy presented our institution at the site of the educational exhibition for applicants from the Islamic Republic of Iran. Timiryazev university was the only representing the agricultural sector at the event. The main organizer of the event was the representation of Rossotrudnichestvo in Tehran. The participants made video presentations, informed the target audience about the infrastructure, study programs and the procedure of admission to their universities, including those under the quota of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. The exhibition was conducted in Persian (Farsi).

Materials for the presentation of the RT SAU were prepared by the Department of International Educational Programs. The university was presented in Persian by Mohammadi Shima, a graduate student, a young scientist, PhD in Biology. The speaker also provided information for future candidates about the achievements of Timiryazev Academy, the profile areas of the Preparatory Department for foreign nationals, living conditions in the dormitory and features of admission. Finally, she thanked the administration and teachers of Timiryazev Academy for their warm attitude and responsiveness during her studies at the university.

The presentation speeches were broadcast live on social media on the information resources of the Rossotrudnichestvo office in Tehran. The audience reach was more than 500,000 users.

In 2023 the Department of International Educational Programs has planned to participate in educational exhibitions in the Republic of India and on the platforms of other representative offices of Rossotrudnichestvo in the world.

The Timiryazev Academy started a strategic session on the topic “Formation of a culture of innovative entrepreneurship in agricultural universities

The discussion is devoted to the issues of support of technological developments and their commercialization in agricultural universities.

As part of the Strategic Session, panel discussions, analysis of business cases and successful practices in teams, brainstorming on the development of tools for working with startups, and presentations of university roadmaps are held. During the event, the final pitch session of the competition of innovative student projects "Breakthrough Technologies in the Agro-Industrial Sector" will take place.

University Rector, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor Vladimir Trukhachev expressed special gratitude to the Innopraktika and UCC Uralchem companies for organizing such a representative event. The head of the university emphasized that the event was attended by experts in the field of technological entrepreneurship: representatives of the leadership of leading companies in the agricultural sector (Miratorg, Cherkizovo, Efko, Damate, Steppe), and high-tech universities (HSE, MIPT, Skoltech), rectors of agricultural universities, entrepreneurs and investors in the field of AgroFoodTech.


IMG 5815Leading Russian and foreign experts presented speeches and reports at an open international webinar on regulating cadmium levels in phosphate-based fertilizers to solve global challenges facing food systems and environmental safety in the 21st century. The discussion was moderated by Professor Vladimir Trukhachev, the University rector and member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In the form of a live dialogue, priority challenges and accumulated experience on environmental regulation and agroecological assessments of cadmium levels in phosphate-based fertilizers, food and soil were discussed to address the global challenges of food security and environmental safety in the 21st century.

Professor Trukhachev called the issues of food security and environmental safety the main challenges of our time, solutions to which are intended to ensure sustainable access for consumers to high-quality and environmentally friendly food. At the same time, the main source of food is agricultural production, the productivity of which is largely determined by the agroecological quality of soils and the fertilizers used on them.

“The rational use of high-quality fertilizers, taking into account their composition, the agroecological features of soils, the requirements of specific varieties of crops and the weather conditions during the growing season, makes it possible to obtain high yields of high quality with minimal environmental risks in a sustainable and cost-effective way”, said Professor Trukhachev.

According to the Professor, the activities of the World-class scientific centre “Agrotechnologies of the Future”, established at the University, are aimed at solving these problems. The centre develops framework agroecological models for the production process, intelligent decision support systems and IoT monitoring systems for problematic agroecological situations that are aimed at designing and quickly adjusting the best available agrotechnologies.

Professor Trukhachev expressed the hope that the conference, with the participation of Russian and foreign experts, would help minimise the environmental and economic risks of crop production, determine the necessary amount of phosphate-based fertilizers for the main types of crops, and facilitate the agroecologically sound regulation of cadmium levels in mineral fertilizers.

The Vice-Chair of the⁠ UN FAO’s International Network on Soil Pollution (INSOP), Dr Deyi Hou, noted that some producers’ phosphate-based fertilizers were the main source of cadmium contamination; therefore, farmers should opt for phosphate-based fertilizers that do not contain hazardous concentrations of cadmium in order to ensure soil health.

In turn, the Secretary of the FAO’s Global Soil Partnership (GPP), Ronald Vargas, stressed that the organisation recommends that farmers use only fertilizers that comply with the principles of sustainable land management, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers.

Oleg Kobyakov, Director of the FAO’s Liaison Office with the Russian Federation, drew attention to the Liaison Office’s close friendship and mutually beneficial partnership with the Timiryazev Academy. He also presented the International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers to the discussion participants.

The following individuals gave presentations at the forum:
Professor Riccardo Valentini, holder of an honorary doctorate from the Timiryazev Academy and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Dr Stefanos Fotiou, Director of the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub; Dr Ronald Vargas, Secretary of the FAO’s Global Soil Partnership; Dr Deyi Hou, Vice-Chair of the UN FAO’s International Network on Soil Pollution; Dr Vinisa Saynes Santillan, representative of the International Network on Fertilizer Analysis; Professor Vladimir Romanenkov, Head of the Agricultural and biological chemistry Department at the Moscow Lomonosov State University; Professor Ivan Vasenev, Head of the⁠ Ecology Department at the Russian State Agrarian University – Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy; and others.

The forum was organised by the Russian State Agrarian University – Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy, with the participation of leading Russian and foreign experts from the FAO’s Global Soil Partnership, the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub, the FAO’s Liaison Office with the Russian Federation, the Eurasian Soil Partnership, and major universities and specialised research institutions in Russia and foreign countries.

Timiryazev Academy was presented in the program of the Russian-Chinese round table

At the invitation of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, scientists from the Timiryazev Academy and the "Agrotechnologies for the Future" scientific center took part in the VII Round Table "Russian-Chinese scientific and technical cooperation in the development and implementation of high technologies." The participants of the event discussed the prospects for the introduction of Russian-Chinese innovative developments.

The round table was held with the aim of demonstrating the high commercialization potential of Russian, Chinese, as well as joint Russian-Chinese innovative developments and projects. Within the framework of the event, the prospects for their implementation were discussed, as well as the issues of training qualified personnel for high-tech and promising industries by the universities of the two countries.

The participants of the round table were representatives of scientific and educational organizations of the two countries, implementing projects in priority areas for Russia and China. Among the promising areas are modern industrial and production technologies, new materials and technologies, biotechnologies and applied medical technologies.

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