The forum was held in the assembly hall of the Samara State Transport University and gathered about 400 students and teachers of this university as well as representatives of the enterprises of the Samara region. Opening remarks were delivered by the rector Samara State Transport University Ivan K. Andronchev, and the vice-rector for research Maxim A. Garanin, who was the moderator of the forum.
Professor Vladislav Blatov gave a general report on materials science and the activity of SCTMS, paying special attention to the process of designing new materials and the role of computer technologies in this process. Dr. Evgeny Alexandrov focused on a specific direction that he is actively developing in SCTMS – the design and synthesis of metal-organic frameworks that can be used in various industries and in everyday life as adsorbents, molecular filters, storages for gaseous substances, etc. Dr. Tilmann Leisegang spoke about studies of ionic conductors with aluminum working ions, creation of a new type of batteries based on them and his collaboration with Samara colleagues.