Young Scientists Council of IRE NASU (2015-2016)

Young Scientists Council of IRE NASU (2015-2016)
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YSC Chairman Maksym Khruslov PhD, researcher, Dept.18 YSC Vice-chairman Daryna Pesina Junior researcher, Dept. 25 YSC Representative in the Scientific Council Pavlo Krasov PhD, senior researcher, Dept. 21 YSC Secretary Kateryna Arkhypova PhD, senior researcher, Dept. 21
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Ganna Veselovska PhD, researcher, Dept. 31 Maksym Vovnuk Junior researcher, Dept. 23 Anastasiia Gerus PhD, junior researcher, Dept. 25 Liubov Ivzhenko Junior researcher, Dept. 13
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Sergiy Kishko PhD, researcher, Dept. 16 Ievgen Kovalov PhD, junior researcher, Dept. 11 Oleksiy Kovorotnyi Junior researcher, Dept. 32 Oleksiy Lukash Engineer, Dept. 13
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Sergii Melnik PhD, researcher, Dept. 24 Denys Natarov Junior researcher, Dept.13/1 Sergiy Ponomarenko PhD, researcher, Dept. 16 Tetiana Rokhmanova PhD, junior researcher, Dept 24
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Sergiy Skuratovskyi PhD, senior researcher, Dept 33 Hanna Sliusarenko Junior researcher, Dept.36 Borys Chernyshev PhD, junior researcher, Dept 18

The Story of One Young Scientists Council

The modern history of the Young Scientists Council of IRE NASU began in 2001 with the active participation of Olexander Kogut, who headed the first council, and Ganna Boiko, who helped to compile the organization charter of the Council, which is acting till today. At various times, the Council was headed by Artem Boriskin, Oleksiy Kuleshov, Michael Balaban, Pavlo Vyplavin. Since the beginning of 2015 the eighth convocation of the Council started its work with Maksym Khruslov as its chair. Having eight convocations means more than 100 young scientists working in all scientific areas presented in the Institute. It is more than 100 different people, united by the desire to create meaningful things, move forward and lead the others.

Since the early years the aim of the Council was to promote professional development of young scientists, their creative growth and experience gaining, and to represent the interests of young researchers and professionals of the Institute (scientists, graduate students, doctoral students, engineers, and university students working part-time in academic departments).

The Council work combines both scientific and social activities. Young Scientists Council holds regular meetings and seminars to hear the candidates for NASU and the President of Ukraine scholarships. In addition, a representative of the Council at the Scientific Council of IRE provides its members a full report on the scientific activity of each of the candidates and takes part in the vote to support one candidate or another, and on other issues.

One of the main activities of the Council, which became its most successful achievement, is the organization of Kharkiv Young Scientists Conference on Radiophysics, Electronics, Photonics and Biophysics (YSC, Originally it was created as a local event where young scientists of IRE could improve their oral presentation skills, and the authors of the best works and reports in each of the sections by the decision of members of the editorial board (jury) were given the opportunity to publish their researches in the "Radiophysics and Electronics" proceedings of IRE. Over time, the conference has grown into an international event: every year young scientists not only from all over Ukraine but also from Belarus, Russia, Armenia participate in YSC.

Traditionally, the topics of the conference cover the research areas represented at the Institute. Among them are the following ones: solid-state radiophysics, microwave and terahertz electronics, nano- and metamaterials, optics and photonics, geoscience and remote sensing, computational and experimental electromagnetics, molecular and applied biophysics. Due to close and friendly relations with young scientists from RI NASU, for many years the radioastronomy section has been presented at the conference.


13th Kharkiv Young Scientists Conference on Radiophysics,

Electronics, Photonics and Biophysics

 We are always striving to make our conference relevant and interesting event that presents the results of modern scientific achievements, so maximum of our efforts are directed to the invitation of foreign lecturers from leading institutions and universities in the world. Over the years, scientists from USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy etc. visited us and took part in YSC with plenary lectures.


IEEE lecturer, Prof. Simon  Deleonibus, CEA LETI, Grenoble, France at  YSC-2013

 One of the key events held during the conference is the Young Scientists Career Development Workshop. And if it was originally aimed at developing students’ skills of good oral report, creating a poster or writing a scientific article, then over time it also included presentations of various scientific communities, recommendations on finding scholarships and participation in grant programs. Last three years the workshop was held in the format of a webinar, broadcasted online with an interactive communication for all online participants. The video of this web-part of the conference is then available on the Internet.


Final preparations before the KIT Workshop beginning. From left to right: Maksym Khruslov, the chair of the Council, Pavlo Krasov, the representative of the Council at the Scientific Council of IRE, and Daryna Pesina, the vice-chair of the Council

 Every year we try to broaden the spectrum of topics discussed at the workshop and to keep it up-to-date: since 2012 the remote, or on-line, education (MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses) became the traditional topic of discussion, and in 2014 we decided to make an experiment and to turn our Career and Development Workshop into KIT, Kharkiv Ideas & Technologies Workshop. Aimed at popularizing science, this event brought together young scientists and representatives of alternative technological "Do It Yourself" trends. The goal of KIT was to demonstrate to each other one’s usual instruments of working, and to teach others to use them in their area. KIT format is a combination of theory and practice: in every presentation both the theoretical side of the issue and the specific examples of using technology, concept or idea were provided. The first part of KIT, SciKIT, combined the reports of the representatives of the Young Scientists Councils from Kharkiv and Kiev. The second, HacKIT, part included presentations by curators of Kharkiv techno lab “KhackerSpace”, where 3D printers, Tesla coils and other high-tech devices are being created. There was also a presentation by representative of the “Do It Yourself Biology” movement, who described how to create biology in the garage.


KIT Workshop in anticafe “7/9”

Each year, special attention during the conference we pay to the social activities. The communication of the participants in an informal and friendly atmosphere, which is as much important for meeting and potential cooperation as communication within the sections, has always been an integral part of the young scientists conference. Over the years, the cultural program included such activities as visiting Kharkiv theaters, a jazz concert, city tours with Maxim Rosenfeld, renowned artist and creator of the globe of Kharkiv, and an excursion to the Museum of Aviation and the open-air museum of Kharkiv State Aircraft Manufacturing Company. A distinctive feature of YSC is also holding welcome parties in the various anticafes, so-called free spaces, which are ideal for meeting and socializing.

 image010YSC-2013 welcome party in anticafe “Om”

 image012At the Museum of Aviation of Kharkiv State Aircraft Manufacturing Company

The successful organization of Kharkiv Young Scientists Conferences would have been impossible if not for the active and fruitful cooperation of the Council with other organizations. The latter include:

  • representatives of the international scientific communities as IEEE, OSA, SPIE. In particular, IEEE MTT-S, ED-S, AP-S, SSC-S, PHO-S IRE Kharkiv Student Chapters Branch, IEEE Ukraine Section, IRE OSA-SPIE Joint Chapter, IPMash OSA Student Chapter et al.
  • the team of Science Community, social network for scientists (

The experience in organizing Young Scientists Conferences allowed some members of the Council to be successfully involved in the organization of major scientific symposia and conferences like MSMW and MMET.

In 2015, inspired by the success of previous conferences, we decided to organize something more ambitious and courageous, the International Young Scientists Forum on Applied Physics (YSF), and to go even further (literally) since Forum is moving from Kharkiv to Dnipropetrovsk.

YSF is a new format of the event, bringing together young scientists, students and graduate students not only from Ukraine, but also from other countries. The main idea of YSF is an interdisciplinary interaction, a discussion of a wide range of issues on modern state of physics and science in general, and an attempt to find solutions to urgent problems and the existing difficulties.


Logo of the International Young Scientists Forum on Applied Physics YSF-2015,


The organization of the Forum is carried out by the joint efforts of the representatives of scientific and educational organizations, including

  • IRE NAS of Ukraine and its Young Scientists Council (Kharkiv);
  • The Young Scientists Council of Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics (BITP NASU, Kiev);
  • Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University, which will host the Forum (Dnipropetrovsk);
  • The Young Scientists Council of the Department of Physics and Astronomy of NAS of Ukraine (Kiev).

Sponsors of the Forum are international scientific organizations OSA, IEEE, EPS.

In order to support the Youth Scientific Movement in Ukraine, the Conference "Problems of Theoretical Physics", held previously by the Young Scientists Council of BITP NASU, in 2015 is uniting with YSC. Due to such s conjunction the list of scientific topics of Forum has widened considerably and now includes the following areas (in addition to the traditional YSC sections): magnetism and magnetic materials, mathematical physics, high energy physics, astrophysics and cosmology, condensed matter physics, physical materials science and nondestructive testing, power and energy conversion and control systems, nuclear and plasma physics.

An important step in increasing the level of the event was to have new requirements for publications, which in 2015 will be published in IEEE Xplore Digital Library. The advantage of such conference proceedings, corresponding to uniform IEEE standards, is that they are indexed in such scientific databases as Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar, and others.

Members of IRE Young Scientists Council actively cooperate with chapters of different scientific communities (like IEEE, OSA) and other youth organizations. For instance, representatives of the Council are involved in the work of the Young Scientists Council of Department of Physics and Astronomy of NAS of Ukraine and Kharkiv Regional Council of Young Scientists; in the summer of 2013 members of the Council along with IEEE ED-S representatives visited field laboratory for research of the ionosphere (Martovoe, Kharkiv region); in May 2015, together with colleagues from the RI NASU, we organized visit to the radiotelescope UTR-2 (Grakovo, Kharkiv region).

 image016Visiting radiotelescope UTR-2

In May 2015 members of the Council actively participated in the Days of Science presenting reports on their scientific activities for a wide range of people.

Young Scientists Council is actively involved in the social life of the Institute:

  • We assist in the organization of New Year events. For example, in 2014 we held an intellectual casino “IRE Royale”, in which young scientists acted as the croupiers, explaining the rules of the various board games for the employees of IRE.

image018New Year intellectual casino “IRE Royale”

  • We organize exhibitions of photos, hand-made products and workshops on how to create them.
020                               Exhibition of S.M. Kolpakovs photos                                   Exhibition of hand-made products by IRE employees   image024

Workshop on weaving machine tool from I.E. Pochanina at the exhibition of hand-made products 

  • We designed and built bicycle parking.
  • The Council member, Tetiana Rokhmanova, organized English speaking club (IRE & RIAN Speaking Club). Every Wednesday, young scientists of IRE NASU and RI NASU, motivated to improve their spoken English skills, get together in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to discuss various topics of interest, to share useful information, skills of communication and work in English speaking environment.
  • In April 2015 the Council organized a collection place for used batteries and accumulators within the all-Ukrainian volunteer network "Batteries, surrender!"

For many members of the Council sport is an integral part of their lives. For example, we have built a volleyball court, organized joint kayak tours by Vorskla and other rivers. Pavlo Vyplavin, who was the chair of the seventh convocation of the Council, is one of the main organizers of the Kharkiv Bicycle Day and a pioneer of Kharkiv Ultimate, non-contact team sport with a flying disc.

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image028Kharkiv Bicycle Day, Pavlo Vyplavin is in the center holding speaker


image030Ultimate on the sand

Since we are scientists, we love numbers, and these are the most impressive of them:

  • More than 100 young scientists were members of the Council during the period of its existence.
  • The Young Scientists Council organized 14 conferences of young scientists, with total number of participants exceeding more than 1000.
  • More than 120 speakers from all around the world came up with the plenary lectures at the YSCs.
  • We organized 7 workshops on career development within the young scientists conferences. In 2014 this event was transformed into a new format, KIT. For the first time it was open not only for YSC participants, but also for everyone (for the first time we held it outside the Institute, in anti-cafe), and for the first time it was attended by about 100 people.

Young Scientists Council of IRE NASU (2017-2018)
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Daryna Pesina
Junior researcher, Dept. 25
Tetiana Rokhmanova
PhD, junior researcher, Dept. 24
YSC Representative in the Scientific Council
Sergiy Skuratovskyi
PhD, senior researcher, Dept. 33
Ganna Veselovska
PhD, researcher, Dept. 31
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Kateryna Arkhypova
PhD, senior researcher, Dept. 21
Maksym Vovnuk
Junior researcher, Dept. 23
Anastasiia Gerus
PhD, junior researcher, Dept. 25
Liubov Ivzhenko
Junior researcher, Dept. 13
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Ievgen Kovalov
PhD, junior researcher, Dept. 11
Oleksiy Kovorotnyi
Junior researcher, Dept. 32
Yuriy Kovshov
PhD, Dept 16,
junior researcher, Dept. 35/1
Lyudmyla Kochetova
Junior researcher, Dept. 13
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Pavlo Krasov
PhD, senior researcher, Dept. 21
Oleksiy Kryvonos
junior researcher, Dept. 34
Oleksiy Lukash
Engineer, Dept. 13
Maksym Maiboroda
Junior researcher, Dept. 35/1
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Denys Natarov
Junior researcher, Dept. 13/1
Maksym Khruslov
PhD, researcher, Dept. 18
Borys Chernyshev
PhD, junior researcher, Dept. 18
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