High profile events in the fields of science, education and culture are planned for the UK-Russia Year of Science and Education 2017, led by the British Council and British Embassy in Russia and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The Year of Science and Education is intended to stimulate further scientific collaboration between two countries.

The UK-Russia Year of Science and Education 2017 will build on the successes of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016 and UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014

As in 2016 and 2014, the British Council is also pleased to announce BP as the UK Founder Sponsor of the Year of Science and Education.

Key events in the UK-Russia Year of Science and Education 2017

The “British Scientists” special project on PostNauka

The British Council and PostNauka will tell you about the famous British researchers and their most important achievements within the framework of a special project.

The “British Scientists” special project is a timeline divided into six periods. The first block describes the genesis of science and education in Great Britain. The next one covers the period from XI to XIII centuries, when Oxford and Cambridge universities were founded. The third block is dedicated to the Scientific Revolution in XVII century, which is marked by Newton’s and Hooke’s inventions as well as by Hobbes’and Bacon’s philosophical treatises. It is followed by the Industrial Revolution (XVIII century) and the golden age of British education during the Victorian era (XIX century).

The achievements of XX and XXI centuries, such as DNA and genetic research, developmentofantibiotics, exploration of stars and black holes, analysis of the human brain capacity and various projects in the field of high tech which attract many modern researchers, are studied in great detail.

The 2nd UK-Russia round table on Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance. February.

Overuse of antibiotics in human and animal health is a major global health risk and the UK and Russia have joined forces to tackle the issue. 

The 2nd UK-Russia round table on Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance at the British Ambassador’s Residence will bring together UK and Russian experts from medical and veterinary sectors, as well as pharma industry, to discuss the root causes of antimicrobial resistance and what measures should be taken to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antibiotics.

The UK-Russia round table on Science Diplomacy. May

In May 2017 a two-day round table on “Science Diplomacy” will open at MGIMO, Moscow. 

Organised jointly by the Royal Society and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, the event will bring together prominent UK and Russian scientists to discuss issues such as “What is the difference between science diplomacy and science advice?”, “Who benefits from science diplomacy?” and “What motivates those who given scientific advice?” In addition the participants will look at how science diplomacy can foster international links and help support the development of breakthrough technologies.

Workshops on Communicating Science: How to have a Big Bang

Academics and practitioners around the world face the shared challenge of making science accessible to wider audiences. How can we better explain the complex scientific discoveries to people of all ages? What is the best way to communicate science to the public? How do we get non-specialist audiences interested in issues that have an impact on the world they live in? This series of workshops with world-leading experts from the United Kingdom will be held in several cities across Russia. Aimed at Russian science communicators, media and academics, these will provide the tools and skills to promote science and innovation more effectively, whether in Russian or English language.

Researcher Links and Institutional Links

Researcher Links

In February 2017 the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the British Council announced  the winners of the Researcher Links grants for 2017. Researcher Links workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and Russia to allow them to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research. The workshops focus on interdisciplinary research collaboration. In July 2017 RFBR and the British Council launched the next call for proposals. Leading UK and Russian researchers should jointly submit an application to the British Council and the RFBR. Based on the results of two independent assessments, a decision will be made to support three best applications.

Institutional Links

The Institutional Links programme in Russia provides grants for the development of research and innovation collaborations between the UK and Russia. The grants are intended to provide funding to: start and develop collaborations between academic groups, departments and institutions in Russia and the UK; support the exchange of expertise and research knowledge; establish local hubs for UK-Russia activities. In September 2016 the British Council received 119 applications, in February 2017 the results of the experts will be announced and starting from April 2017 successful applicants will start carrying out joint research.

Science Week in Schools: making science live . October

Science week in Schools in October 2017  will be devoted to science in schools in both countries. Under the name of FUTURE different topics will be addressed and discussed:  Astronauts, Robotics, Energy, Water and Engineering. Live sciences will be shown through their role in shaping our future.

A digital platform and Teachers’ pack will give access to materials developed by British and Russian organisations and institutions to engage and inspire a young audience. A number of competitions both for teachers and schoolchildren will be launched in Russia and the winners will go to the UK for a study tour to enjoy the wide range of science museums and festivals.

Science Train on the Moscow Metro

New British Council's themed train will be launched in Moscow Metro in autumn 2017. Within the framework of the UK-Russia Year of Science and Education it will be decorated with quotes of famous British scientists and illustrations of their key achievements.

This project will be a step forward in collaboration between the British Council and Moscow Metro that started in May 2016 when the launch of the "Shakespearean passions" train took place. Running on Filevskaya line and later on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line, this train has transported more than 8 million passengers. The "Shakespearean passions" project received second-place vote in the Afisha’s readers rating, and it was also nominated for some international awards.

Exhibition “Nobel Prize” in Domodedovo airport

Exhibition “Nobel Prize” will present stands with English and Russian Nobel laureates of chemistry, physics and medicine, the Nobel Prize history and a competition stand. In addition, an information sticker will be placed on the floor, containing a world map showing the number of Nobel Prize winners from all over the world. The exhibition will be held in summer 2017 in the reception area on the 1st floor of Domodedovo airport.

Exhibition "Valentina Tereshkova: First Woman in Space" (Science Museum, London)

The Science Museum marks the 80th birthday of Valentina Tereshkova with an exhibition marking her life and career. It looks at her early years, her time as a factory worker – including membership of the factory string band – as well as her great love of parachuting, which would serve her well during her descent back to Earth from space. The exhibition considers also her becoming a national and international celebrity and champion of women’s rights in the years following her space mission.

Tim Peake’s spacecraft unveiled at the Science Museum

The Soyuz spacecraft used by Tim Peake in his Principia mission is set to inspire a new generation as it goes on public display at the Science Museum.

Acquired for the nation by the Science Museum Group in December 2016, Soyuz TMA-19M is the first flown human rated spacecraft in the UK’s national space technology collection and is now also set to become the subject of a stunning new virtual reality (VR) experience.

XVIII New British Film Festival

To celebrate the UK – Russia Year of Science the focus of the XVIII New British Film Festival will be moved to the science fiction films and documentaries. The talks within the traditional educational programme will reflect the topics of introducing new technologies through cinema, visual effects and computer graphics in movies (workshops from practitioners) and new forms and genres as the tool for sharing knowledge.

The New British Film Festival is the annual showcase, which for the last several years has been organised  in partnership with CoolConnections art association, Gorizont cinema hall, Documentary Film Centre and Moscow Film School in order to promote contemporary British films – both latest works of the established masters and talented debuts. The festival includes feature programme, documentary programme, short film programme and a series of talks for professionals and wider audience.

In 2017 the festival will take place on 1-12 November 2017 in Moscow and a number of other Russian cities.

Russian 'In the Robot Skies' premiere with Forest Swords live soundtrack

The UK-Russia Year of Science and Education programme includes the presentation of the first film shot only using drones,  'In the Robot Skies', which will be shown within the framework of the Best Film Festival in the 'Oktyabr' cinema. A love story in a police state, where security is maintained by an army of flying drones, was filmed without a single cameraman.

The world premiere took place at the London Cinema Festival in 2016 and was accompanied by Forest Swords performance.The director of the film was the architect and urbanist Liam Young, who founded theTomorrows Thought  research group which explores modern tendencies in design and technology capable of changing the future. The film will be shown in IMAX with Forest Swords live soundtrack.


19th Moscow Non/fiction Book Fair

In December 2017 within the framework of the 19th International Book Fair for High-Quality Fiction and Non-Fiction British science fiction and non-fiction writers will participate in the set of events intended to explore the connection between literature and science.