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The International Association for Alternative Energy and Ecology (IAAEE) has awarded the Honored Figure of Science of Armenia Vladimir Harutyunyan for a great contribution to the field of physics, physical chemistry and semiconductor engineering, solar energy conversion and sensory science the gold medal of the International Scientific Journal for Alternative Energy and Ecology for making a great contribution to hydrogen safety.

The award for the scientist was a surprise. In the conversation with us, Mr. Harutyunyan said he is very glad to receive a medal from this world-famous magazine: “It is important that there are many famous scholars in the editorial board of the magazine. By the way, I am also involved in that composition.”

Vladimir Harutyunyan, scientific supervisor of YSU Center for Semiconductor Devices and Nanotechnologies, has received numerous awards in his work on one of the ways of solar energy conversion and different types of sensors: “We have already learned to receive prizes, but it is important to know what prizes these are, what are they for and for whom."

Vladimir Harutyunyan’s works are well known both in Armenia and abroad. There are almost 1,000 citations in literature on his 5 works.

The scientist said that during school years he had many options for choosing the future profession, and only in the last class of school decided to become a physicist: “I was thinking of becoming a diplomat, even imagining myself in the music field as my mother was teaching at the Conservatory. Lusine Zakaryan, Arax Davtyan and many others were my mother’s pupils. It was in 1957 when I got the magazine "Youth", which contained a very interesting article about semiconductors. On that day I finally decided to choose this profession.”

Vladimir Harutyunyan recalled that YSU was still the leader in photovoltaic transformation of solar power in Soviet times, where people worked to create detectors that were not visible in the area, which was of military importance: “At that time, we were sponsored by the state and were considered to be an important center. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, we already receive foreign grants. We have great success in this regard; we work with various leading countries. The state supports it as much as possible, and we are funded by the State Committee for Science and try to work more efficiently.”

Mr. Harutyunyan was pleased to note that in future the works will continue, thanks to the smart and aspiring students: “Today is the defense of graduation works at our faculty. 18 students will present their diploma works. We also support young people, give them space, and solve the issue of change of generations.”

For the development of science, Mr. Harutyunyan advises the new government to be attentive: “I propose to pay great attention to the development of science because our country’s wealth is science. I advise you to pay special attention to the military aspects and to encourage them. I welcome the new government and I hope our country will achieve greater results in the field of science.”

The full text of the interview is available in Armenian.

It will be implemented by the initiative of Professor Yuri Movsisyan, President of the Armenian Mathematical Union, Honorary Head of the Chair of Algebra and Geometry at YSU.

Yuri Movsisyan told us that the international school devoted to the scientific heritage of Emil Artin should be held for the first time at YSU.

“The main purpose of this school is to introduce talented students who study mathematics Emil Artin’s scientific mathematical directions. In this field the scientist has received classical results that can be used as a basis for students’ scientific works, theses, as well as in the various applications of mathematics,” - he added.

YSU professor also mentioned that students wishing to take part in the school should be registered at YSU Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics.

Y. Movsisyan said that the international conference dedicated to the 120th anniversary of Emil Artin will be held at YSU from May 27 to June 2, with the participation of prominent scientists from USA, Italy, France, Russia, China, Poland, Norway, Brazil, Iran , India, Canada and other countries.

According to him, such a great interest is due to the fact that Emil Artin is considered one of the classics of the 20th century field of mathematics, whose results are now actively used in computer science.

Speaking about the importance of the conference, the head of YSU Algebra and Geometry Chair mentioned that one of the goals of the conference is that specialists arriving from different countries of the world summarize the main directions in which Emil Artin was engaged and received fundamental results.

Yuri Movsisyan said that during the conference scientists will make reports. According to the speaker, one of the important goals of this international conference and the international school is to promote the creation of a favorable atmosphere for mathematics and applied mathematics in Armenia as well as motivate young professionals to engage in mathematical sciences as mathematical science is also a basis for the applied sciences.

For the details on the International Schools and International Conference dedicated to the prominent researcher Emil Artin visit the following links:

The axis of today’s reports and discussions at the conference titled “Educational and Cultural Life in the First Republic of Armenia” was the literary, linguistic and cultural life of the First Republic.

The speakers touched upon such prominent figures of the state’s cultural and educational life as Nikol Aghbalyan, Hovhannes Tumanyan, Kostan Zaryan and others were.

Narine Dilbaryan, lecturer at YSU Faculty of Armenian Philology, spoke about Nikol Aghbalyan’s linguistic and political views. She presented the main ideas of this figure, which had a unique influence on the formation of the state, the organization of spiritual and cultural life, the foundation of Armenian educational institutions and the development of new educational programs.

“His programs on establishing multilevel national schools in Armenia as well as abroad have proven their viability today in the modern world. The great patriot’s dream was to return the Armenian nation to its historical homeland and make it a progressive, advanced and knowledge-based nation. Nikol Aghbalyan was convinced that justified education based on the native language could create a modern nation able to withstand world competition,” - the speaker said.

The conference also touched upon the prerequisites for the establishment of the First State Theater of the First Republic of Armenia.

After the reports, there was an active discussion of thematic materials among the participants of the conference, simultaneously making comparisons with the current problems and current social and political situations.

The aim of the conference is to examine the literary and cultural life of the First Republic and its peculiarities, to address the basics of state policy in the field of science and education.

YSU Rector Aram Simonyan, Deputy Director of the Institute for Armenian Studies Mher Hovhannisyan, representatives of the professorial staff, coordinating structures of the University, as well as representatives of the leading scientific and educational institutions were present at the two-day conference organized jointly by Yerevan State University, Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Union and the RA National Academy of Sciences.

Aram Simonyan underscored the importance of holding events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia: "When you look back on the restoration of our statehood, a number of questions arise, which are very topical now, too".

"There are people in the world who have no statehood, and some, even with statehood, have not left a serious historic trace in civilization. Throughout the centuries, the Armenian people have given the world more than the small nation can afford. The people who have constantly fought for freedom, independence and statehood," - said YSU Rector.

YSU Rector also added that one of the most important issues for statehood is not yet solved: the civil society institute has not been formed so far: "I hope our people, due to their wisdom, great aspiration to live and invest in civilization, will be able to fill that gap without which the future of statehood can not be sustainable."

Mkrtich Mkrtchyan, Chairman of the Central Board of Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Union, touched upon the historical processes of the Armenian statehood, the activities of public, political and scientific-cultural figures involved in them.

The first speaker was Gurgen Vardanyan, Associate Professor at the Institute of History of NAS, RA. His report referred to the educational and cultural policy of the First Republic.

"The proclamation of the Republic of Armenia has opened a new era in the history of the Armenian school. In the conditions of independent statehood, education of the younger generation was of primary importance. There were competent and professional specialists involved in the process of building national statehood," - said G. Vardanyan.

G. Vardanyan also touched upon the research carried out in various spheres of cultural life, underlining that the least studied area is the sphere of Armenian documentary cinema.

During the conference, specialists touched upon the emerging general education system, organization of higher education institutions and their educational activities, the development of various branches of science and key scientific achievements, periodicals and publishing.

The speakers appreciated the activities of the spiritual and cultural figures of the First Republic and the impact of their educational and cultural life on the future development of the Diaspora.

Let us add that the conference will continue its work tomorrow. The speakers will present reports on literary and cultural life of the First Republic.