RANEPA student presents project at Falling Walls Lab conference
Georgy Zhdanov, a student of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), has delivered a report at the Falling Walls Lab conference in Dubna, presenting his social project “Kudryashka” (Curly) aimed at helping people with cancer.
The Falling Walls Lab conference gives young scientists and specialists an opportunity to present their creative ideas, research projects or social initiatives to the international community. The participants can present their scientific concepts or propose innovative methods for solving various problems and tasks in any area of human activity.
This year, Georgy Zhdanov, a senior student of RANEPA Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (FESS), presented his “Kudryashka” project to the high-caliber jury. One of the side effects of chemotherapy is hair loss, which greatly demoralizes cancer patients, especially children, he explained. Many Western countries have charitable organizations that collect and donate hair for cancer patients; Russia doesn’t.
The goal of his non-profit project is to help cancer patients through rehabilitation and to attract public attention to the problem of cancer. Therefore, Georgy Zhdanov proposed developing a mobile app that would offer various options to users wanting to help. For example, those who want to join the charity initiative but are unwilling to sacrifice their own hair could use it to donate money. The jury praised the project and awarded him a certificate.
The Falling Walls international science conference was established in 2011 in honor of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with the support of the German government, academia and entrepreneurs. The main question it focuses on is “Which are the next walls to fall?”
At the conference, young scientists and specialists from all over the world tell about breakthrough discoveries in science in English and present their innovative projects. The spheres of their projects are very diverse: from innovative manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries to social projects. The event is preceded by regional conferences, Falling Walls Labs, which take place in different cities around the world.