Elsevier and Russian Ministry of Education and Science Announce 2013 Scopus Award Winners

St. Petersburg, Russia, May 20, 2013
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Elsevier, the world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, and the Russian Ministry of Education and Science announced the winners of the 2013 Scopus Awards Russia.

The Scopus Award program, first held in Russia in 2005, aims to support scientific research in Russia and honor its outstanding scientists. This year’s event has been co-hosted by Elsevier and the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and is supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) and the Russian Academy of Science.

This year, based on Scopus data, the selection criteria consist of h-index scores, the number of publications and citations as well as academic recognition at national level. The awards were presented by Mr. Andrey Polyakov, Ministry of Science and Education of Russia, Youngsuk “YS” Chi, Chairman of Elsevier and Dr. Igor Osipov, Elsevier’s Regional Director for Russia and Belarus.

The winners in the six award categories are:

For outstanding contribution to the field of computer sciences:
Sergei Obiedkov – Associate Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics and Information Science, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation.

For outstanding contribution to the field of physics:
Dr. Ruslan Metsaev – Researcher at P.N. Lebedev Institute of Physics, Moscow, Russian Federation.

For outstanding contributions to the field of chemistry:
Andrey Cheprakov – Associate Professor at Chemistry Faculty, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation.

For outstanding contributions to the field of biology:
Dr. Konstantin Lukyanov – Head of Laboratory of Biophotonics, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Moscow, Russian Federation.

For outstanding contributions to the field of social sciences:
Prof. Helena Slobodskaya (M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.) – Principal research scientist, Institute of Physiology and Basic Medicine, Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation.

Early career researcher:
Alexander Chernov (Ph.D.) – Researcher, General Physics Institute, Moscow, Russian Federation.

“The Scopus Award ceremony is an important event to honor the brightest individuals in Russian science. We are glad to share this celebration of Russian science together with Elsevier and hope these awards inspire our researchers to continue their discoveries and change the world for the better”, said Mr. Andrey Polyakov, Deputy Director of Department on Science and Technologies Development, Ministry of Education and Science.

Youngsuk “YS” Chi, Chairman of Elsevier, remarked, “Elsevier is honored to take part in this celebration of achievements in Russian research. The accomplishments of these six extremely talented individuals are a testament to the bright future of Russian scientific research. Working together with Russia for many years now, Elsevier aims to continuously support Russian researchers with the highest quality content and cutting-edge solutions. We are delighted today to see the fruits of our enduring collaboration.”

The Scopus Awards ceremony was held at Grand Hotel Europe, on the 14th of May, 2013 and preceded by the International Congress. The Congress became the meeting-point for multi-subject discussion on further perspectives of science and technologies and higher education developments in Russia. Congress participants and speakers presented research, high education and business spheres and included Vladimir Kvardakov (Deputy Chairman of RFBR), Richard Burger (Research & Innovation Councilor, Delegation of EU to Russia), Andrey Polyakov (Deputy Director of Department, Russian Ministry of Education and Science) and Youngsuk “YS” Chi (Chairman, Elsevier), and many other specialists in science, education and business.

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About Ministry of Education and Science, Russia
The Ministry of Education and Science is a federal body of executive power, which carries out functions on elaborating state policy and normative-lawful regulation in the spheres of education, scientific, scientific-technical and innovative activity, nanotechnologies, intellectual property, and also in the sphere of upbringing, social support and protection of pupils of educational institutions.

About Scopus
Covering the world's research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Featuring smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research, Scopus was designed and developed with input from over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 20,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. Direct links to subscribed full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

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